Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course


Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course Overview

This beginner digital photography course is meant to help you master your digital camera. Learn the basic functions of your camera so you can begin to shoot in manual mode, capturing higher-quality images of the people and places around you. Professional photographers will show you how to see the world like a photographer, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been taking photos for years.

Throughout the course, you’ll complete a series of photo projects that will help you practice the skills you are learning. Your teacher will work with you, reviewing your photos and helping you improve as you complete the program. By the time you finish, you will have the skills and know-how to take professional-quality photographs.

NYIP Graduates are eligible to become certified by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

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What you'll learn

After completing the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course, students will be able to:

  • Master the use of his or her digital camera.
  • Discuss the basic settings and functions of his or her camera so he or she is able to shoot in manual mode.
  • Utilize exposure, lighting and lenses on a camera.
  • Explain proper composition and how to take the perfect photograph in all conditions.
  • Develop his or her eye to see the world like a photographer.
  • Demonstrate the skills associated with the post production process.
  • Reproduce different types of portraiture and apply techniques specific to this area of photography.
  • Apply skills that will help him or her to turn good photographs into great ones.

All this for much less than the cost of a residential photography program... view course pricing

What you get

  • 4 units of course materials— lessons and HD video available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • A professional photographer as your mentor— there to help you improve, provide technical support, and review your photos as you move through the course
  • Access to our student forum— an online community to discuss courses, get answers to your questions, and share your photos
  • Up to 18 months to complete the course at your own pace
  • 14 days to review the course risk-free— full refunds offered in first two weeks after enrollment
  • NYIP Certificate in Beginner Photography— delivered upon graduation
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New York Institute of Photography's Fundamentals of Digital Photography is the perfect course for anyone interested in learning the art of photography. Learn to get the most out of your digital camera. Study focus, composition, exposure and lighting. Finally capture the photographic vision you've had in your mind's eye- of your family, your life and your travels. New York Institute of Photography's state of the art online course platform is easy to navigate and filled with photographs and video lessons brought to you by professional photographers. You'll work one on one with an NYIP mentor- a professional photographer who will answer all your questions and provide valuable feedback on your work. And because it's online, you can take the course wherever you are, whenever you want to, and at your own pace. Learn photography from a pro- enroll today.

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Leah Dickinson
in the 1990's, I was trained in black and white film with a darkroom for production. Times have changed so much in twenty years, that the photography I knew was point and shoot that today requires understanding of the digital process and its software available in editing. If your looking to go professional, then it is advised to take this course to understand digital photography. If you just having fun for keepsakes, its not necessary, but still good idea in order to have the best keepsakes.
Purbasha Mazumdar
Vast course and practical projects helps a lot. But more practical projects are required.
Modymark Palaganas
The most convenient online photography class I've ever had.
Damion Cameron
Very Good course to learn the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I learnt a lot and I now know how to use my DSLR and know more about lighting, Would have enjoyed a third photo project and not just two, to include the use of off camera flash and high speed sync.
Douglas Copeland
Its a fun course im enjoying myself
Paul Le Houillier
I really liked it. Very well done. I would recommend the training to anyone who wants to master the basics and bring their photography to the next level.
Mayra Pau
I loved the class. Thought I knew a lot, however the course thought me so much. Highly recommend it
Bridgette Gandy
I enjoyed this so much! It was very informative and I absolutely loved the videos! Sadly I will miss taking it, but I have finished and am very proud of how this course has helped me take better photos!
Paul Takats
I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to get off the ground and understand the concepts that are the cornerstone of the discipline of photography.
Cynthia Medashefski
I am enjoying my course, learning things I never knew. NYIP, you are the best!
Zdravko Marchev
Excellent course of study! Thanks.
Holly Cook
I loved this course! As a newbie to digital photography, this course was exceptionally helpful while I got to know the capabilities of my camera. Worth every penny! Thank you for such an in depth course. I can now take photos I never imagined I'd be able to take.
Jessica Ramirez
The best course to start learning photography.
Benjamin Baez Jr
Cheryl King
This course has helped me so much. To be more confident in my work and be proud of my work. It makes it so easy to take the course at your own pace. Would highly recommend NYIP to everyone interested in photography!!! I'm so excited to soon be a graduate of NYIP.
Heng Jiang
excellent on line course.
Loved the course and appreciate the quality of the course as well as my results.I have improved my photography to a different level
Michael Woods
This course taught me a lot about photography, and has inspired me to learn more. In fact, I am strongly thinking about signing up for the NYIP Professional Photography Course. Before taking this course I only used my camera's "Auto" mode, but now I rarely set my camera on anything but its "Manual" or "Aperture Priority" mode. I've really enjoyed taking this course!
Dave Oliver
In the three years that I pursued this course, I found it to be thorough and very professional. I've recommended it to many people. My skills have improved and I feel that it is a new beginning for me in being an excellent photographer.
Eileen Copenhaver
For years I was going to take the time to learn more about photography, well I finally did and I am very pleased with all that I have learned.
Xiaojun Shang
The best course is that I have mastered the basics of photography, and I am very grateful.
Louisa Rene
Very informative and simple, explains everything very well and goes well into each topic. Loving it
Rebecca Scott
I really learned a lot. This course, especially the comments on photo submissions from the instructors, have made me more mindful of the how and why I am taking a particular photo.
Apostolos Kalogerakis
One year ago, I couldn't actually take a shot even in Auto mode. Now that the course ended, although of Fundamentals nature, I can say that I have shot some photos that I still do not believe they are mine. So well structured and so enjoyably delivered, that triggered my curiosity to invest even more time on my hobby.rnI would recommend it for sure!!!