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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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2013 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • A camera
  • A willingness to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners intersted in photography

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
This is the introduction for the course.
Section 2: Career Opportunities in Photography
This lecture discusses what your life will be like working as a photographer.
This is a lecture that discusses some of the specialties in photography.
This a lecture that discusses some of the opportunities and professions related to photography.
This is an assignment that encourages you do some research on the photography industry.
Section 3: Buying Your Gear
Digital vs Film
The Bare Essentials
Bonus Gear
Where to Buy Your Photography Gear
1 page
Homework Assignment 1: Buying Your First Camera
Section 4: How to Learn Photography
This lecture discusses the advantages and disadvantages of college and university photography programs.
This is a list of college and university photography programs.
Teaching Yourself
This lecture discusses online photography courses.
1 page
This provides links to the online photography tutorials and videos discussed in the previous lecture.
This is a lecture designed to help you learn basic photography terms and principles.
This lecture explains how to work as a photographer's assistant.
This lecture provides some helpful online resources to help you become a photographer's assistant.
This lecture explains how you can build your photography portfolio even if you do not have any assignments.
This lecture explains the value of personal projects.
This assignment is designed to help you get started building your portfolio.
Section 5: The Business Side of Photography
This lecture explains how to get your first client.
This lecture explains how to manage your photography clients.
This assignment is designed to help you find your first client.
This lecture talks about how to brand yourself.
This lecture goes into even more detail about how to brand yourself as a photographer.
This lecture explains how to promote yourself as a photographer.
This is a homework assignment designed to help you market your work.
This lecture explains how to price your work.
This assignment is designed to help you price your work appropriately.
This is a list of business resources and information for photographers.
Section 6: Photography Grant Information
This lecture explains why you should apply for photography grants and how to find them.
1 page
This is a list of photography grant resources.
This is a homework assignment designed to help you find photography grants.
Section 7: Conclusion
This is the conclusion of the course.

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Instructor Biography

Ashley Bennett, Digital Marketing Strategist

 I am a digital marketing strategist with a background in both business and creative fields such as copywriting and photography. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and several years of experience working for Internet marketing firms. As an author and marketing strategist, I am focused on creating digital content for websites, blogs, and social media accounts.

I am author of The 7 Laws of Social Media Marketing. I have written for a number of publications including ProBlogger, Instant Shift, Freelance Switch, the Social Media Sun, the Business Finance Store, and Afropunk. 

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