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Getting Started in Photography

A guide to getting started in photography from buying your first camera to finding your first client.
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Last updated 6/2013
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  • 12 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
Learn about different career opportunities in photography
Buy your first camera
Choose between studying photography at college or learning independently
Find your first client
Learn how to price your work and manage clients
Learn how to find and apply for photography grants
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  • A camera
  • A willingness to learn

Getting Started in Photography is a course designed to give beginners a solid background in photography as a career and help them do everything from buying their first camera to finding their first clients.

Here is what you will learn in the course.

You will learn about different career opportunities in photography.

You will learn how to buy your first camera.

You will learn how to find your first client.

You will learn about how to price your work and manage clients.

This is NOT a course designed to teach you the technical aspects of photography, but rather teach you the business and career aspects of becoming a photographer.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners intersted in photography
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 35 Lectures Collapse All 35 Lectures 01:32:27
1 Lecture 00:29
This is the introduction for the course.
Course Introduction
Career Opportunities in Photography
4 Lectures 08:44
This lecture discusses what your life will be like working as a photographer.
Your Job as a Photographer

This is a lecture that discusses some of the specialties in photography.
Specialties in Photography

This a lecture that discusses some of the opportunities and professions related to photography.
Related Opportunities

This is an assignment that encourages you do some research on the photography industry.
Preliminary Research
Buying Your Gear
5 Lectures 17:09
Digital vs Film

Bonus Gear

Where to Buy Your Photography Gear
1 page

Homework Assignment 1: Buying Your First Camera
How to Learn Photography
11 Lectures 26:47
This lecture discusses the advantages and disadvantages of college and university photography programs.
College and University Photography Programs

This is a list of college and university photography programs.
College and University Photography Programs

Teaching Yourself

This lecture discusses online photography courses.
Online Courses

This provides links to the online photography tutorials and videos discussed in the previous lecture.
Online Photography Tutorials and Videos
1 page

This is a lecture designed to help you learn basic photography terms and principles.
Homework Assignment 2: Understand Basic Photography Principles and Terms

This lecture explains how to work as a photographer's assistant.
Working as an Assistant

This lecture provides some helpful online resources to help you become a photographer's assistant.
Resources on Becoming a Photographer's Assistant

This lecture explains how you can build your photography portfolio even if you do not have any assignments.
Preview 08:45

This lecture explains the value of personal projects.
The Value of Personal Projects

This assignment is designed to help you get started building your portfolio.
Homework Assignment 3: Build Your Portfolio
The Business Side of Photography
10 Lectures 25:29
This lecture explains how to get your first client.
How to Get Your First Client

This lecture explains how to manage your photography clients.
Managing Clients

This assignment is designed to help you find your first client.
Homework Assignment 4: Find Your First Client

This lecture talks about how to brand yourself.
Branding Yourself

This lecture goes into even more detail about how to brand yourself as a photographer.
Branding Yourself Part 2

This lecture explains how to promote yourself as a photographer.
Promoting Your Work

This is a homework assignment designed to help you market your work.
Homework Assignment 5: Marketing Yourself as a Photographer

This lecture explains how to price your work.
Pricing Your Work

This assignment is designed to help you price your work appropriately.
Homework Assignment 6: Pricing Your Work

This is a list of business resources and information for photographers.
Businesses and Information for Photographers
Photography Grant Information
3 Lectures 01:57
This lecture explains why you should apply for photography grants and how to find them.
Photography Grants

This is a list of photography grant resources.
Photography Grant Resources
1 page

This is a homework assignment designed to help you find photography grants.
Homework Assignment 7: Photography Grants
1 Lecture 00:08
This is the conclusion of the course.
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