Working as a professional photographer - Upskill Online

If you’re passionate about photography and are trying to teach yourself new things or you want to move into a job or a career that involves being a photographer, then a photography course is perfect for you.

But just incase it’s not totally clear here are 5 top reasons to do a photography course…

1. Build your technical skills

Sometimes when we try to teach ourselves new things, like photography, it can take time (and some frustration) and can sometimes result in time spent troubleshooting issues and ‘working thigs out’ instead of learning how to do, change or capture something.

In a photography course you’ll have direction and guidance from expert material and tutors. You’ll learn things such as:

  • The finer details of your camera and exposure settings.
  • Lenses and perspective
  • Lighting and colour
  • Composition and design
  • Photoshoots
  • Digital workflow
  • An introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  • Creating a portfolio of work

2. Learn all types of photography, not just the one you prefer

While you might find that you prefer one or two kinds of photography and want to focus on that, trying other photography styles will help broaden your skills and technical abilities. Having more versatility in the photography styles you’re experienced in will help with future work and creative opportunities.

Some photography styles you could branch out into include:

  • Portrait photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Sport photography
  • Event photography
  • Nature photography
  • Real estate photography
  • Newborn/children photography
  • Aerial photography
  • Sports photography
  • Food photography
  • Architectural photography
  • Editorial photography
  • Travel photography
  • Fashion photography

3. Develop your photography portfolio

With the tasks and assessments that go hand in hand as you learn throughout a photography course, you’ll also be building your photography portfolio which you can continue to build on after a course and use to sell/promote your services.

4. Give yourself more career options

Enhancing your photography skills and knowledge will provide you with more career options. You could work at a marketing or advertising agency, or inhouse at a company as a content producer or at a photography studio.

Just look at the full time and part time jobs that involve photography available via Seek.

5. Learn business skills alongside photography skills

While learning photography skills during a photography course you’ll also learn the basics for starting a business. This could help you create a photography side hustle (like weekend photography gigs or submitting photos to stock image websites to make some money), or even help and motivate you to start your own photography business. If you’re passionate about photography, working in or with photography as part of your job will greatly increase job satisfaction.

If you’re keen to do a photography course take a look at our Certificate in Professional Photography.