Portrait Photography Course


Portrait Photography Course Overview

This online portrait photography course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to take professional-quality portraits. You will learn how to work with all different types of subjects, from individuals and groups to children and pets. Professional portrait photographers will explain the nuances of lighting and posing, how to shoot in studio or on location, and how to master the gear you will need to create inspiring work.

Throughout the course, you will complete a series of photo projects that will be reviewed and evaluated by your teacher, a professional photographer there to help you improve. By the end of the program, you’ll have created a portfolio of high-quality photos and you’ll have the skills and know-how to succeed in the world of portrait photography.

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 Portrait Photography course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize what portraiture is and what constitutes a good portrait.
  • Explain how to work with all different types of subjects, from individuals and groups to children and pets.
  • Describe the nuances of lighting and posing.
  • Demonstrate how to shoot in studio or on location.
  • Master the gear needed to create inspiring work and take professional quality portraits- including his or her camera, lenses, lighting and backdrops.
  • Apply skills to open a studio and start one’s own portrait business.
  • Develop a portfolio showcasing his or her best work to propel his or her career.
  • Indicate how to assemble online materials to best represent his or her brand, both on the website and on social media.

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 Portrait Photography— delivered upon graduation
Read the Video Transcript

The New York Institute of Photography's Course in portrait photography takes you through every aspect of creating beautiful, interesting and compelling photographic portraits. This 4-unit course has 16 lessons that carry you from a visual history of portraiture to backgrounds, posing, lenses and exposure- lighting and setting up a studio. Our pros will show you how to work with your subjects, how to shoot on location, how to edit, and then the ins and outs of the portrait marketplace. You'll learn from pros in the field and hear their tips and strategies. You'll partner with an NYIP mentor who will work with you one on one to hone your craft. And the NYIP staff is here to guide you, and just a phone call away. And because it's online, you can fit it into your busy life. Take the course anytime, anyplace and at your own pace. For the aspiring professional or the hobbyist who wants professional results, this is the course for you. Enroll today.

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Philippe Zimmermann
Nice course for portrait photography, theory very useful, and all exercices are goos practice, and force you to use what you learned before.rnFeedback for all project via an audio comment are very useful.rnThe best way for an "online course" on my point of view.
quanika williams
The school is great. It gives you great lessons that are really helpful and project assignments that are helpful
NYIP is the best investment I could have done for my career. I really enjoyed the lessons and assignments. The instructors always was nice and informative.
Arber Elezi
This course is fantastic, I have improved my skills so much. I have learned lots of new things that I didn`t know before. Thank You for Existing!
Lisa Palm
This course has prepared me to take my photography to the next level and start my own business.
Theresa Biedler
I love this course I’m learning how tornTake better pictures
Suzanne Slade
This course was fantastic. I wish there was more on studio lighting but I loved this course.
Osman Alfurayh
somewhat challenging, but worth every penny/minute.
Debora Rodrigues
Great course. Great material and supervisors. I've learned a lot
Wayne Prunkard
Best decision I ever made! So Glad I found N.Y.I.P. I wanted to break back into photography, but had no structure or guidelines to follow. Happened to find this course browsing the internet, and took the plunge. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn the business or just to make better photos.
Attieh Mohebali
I worked as a portrait photographer for one year before I started this course and honestly, I was a bit confused as to what I am doing right. Every chapter of this course acted as series of answers to the questions that I had and opened up my perspective about things that I did not know. The evaluations from the educators were very precise and helped me find out about my flaws that I really did not know they existed. I definitely feel more that I have learned a lot and have more confidence to pursue my interest in portrait photography.
Great course! Well organized and very well supported by mentors. Well thought and practical teaching material. Congratulations!
Korie Rowe
I enjoy this class very much
Luis Esteban Cherres
My photography has improved exponencially after this course. I`m really happy i took a chance and took the course
Marven Madden
I enjoyed learning about Portrait Photography and I plan to take other courses in the near future.
Jyrarde Thomas
Great course I'm learning A lotrn
Jequay Franklin
I enjoyed learning about the arts of photography!!
Marzena Hughes
Great course
alena pass
I love this course it teaches you so much on lighting and the best ways to place your subjects I rate this a 10
Elmer Arevalo
I´m So glad to be a part of The new York Institute of photography where I learned a lot skills to improve my photography Job, Thank you NYIP
I have loved every second of ALL the programs they offer here at NYIP. I have learned a lot from them. The advisors are amazing, and highly recommend anyone who wants to learn photography to take these courses. Although i do miss when they used to send you the materials. I know its getting with the times but i like to physically have the papers in front of me. rnThank You
Judith Rodriguez
The upgrade they made to the project portal, was a great decision. I am tempted to take another class, because I know they give a quick response back on my projects.
Sergey Meyko
I really appreciate the course , NYIP gives a lot of info for this course , were well done , pleasant to work with , nice stuff
Zihao Wang
I am seriously considering how to become a better and professional portrait photographer after going through the portrait photography intensive course in NYIP.