Online Commercial Photography Course

Commercial Photography I

Event photography is the primary source of business for most professional photographers. Capturing the important moments in a concert, wedding, or sporting event requires planning and a mastery of equipment, lighting, and location. In this course, you'll learn practical skills for managing paid event photography shoots. Working with a professional photographer, you'll learn how to approach projects professionally and deliver the client a high quality product.

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Capturing the moment

Master the art of event photography

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Course Outline
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1 - Event Photography

Event photography is an exciting and challenging area for any photographer. In this lecture, you'll learn what event photography is all about. We'll discuss general project management principles for event photography and examine camera and other equipment requirements for course projects.

2 - Live Performance Photography

This week, we will discuss how to photograph a live performance, a category that can include musical concerts, dance performances, stand-up comedy, and poetry readings. These events can vary from world-famous artists in large stadiums to unknown artists in a small bar or cafe. While these sound like very different challenges, there are many similarities from a photographic standpoint.

3 - Sporting Events

Covering a sporting event keeps you on your toes. To capture the important moments in a game, you need to be able to anticipate the action. What makes shooting sports different from shooting other events is the pace of the action, the excitement of the players and fans, and the challenge of getting close to the action in large sports venues. In this lesson we'll deal with tips for finding and working with clients, selecting the right equipment, and adapting to different kinds of typical lighting conditions.

4 - Wedding Ceremony and Portraits

We have finally reached the biggest of category for event photography: weddings! Some photographers hate shooting weddings, and some love it, while others are indifferent. In this lesson, you'll learn tips for finding and working with wedding clients. Cameras, key moments, and troubleshooting common issues are key topics.

5 - Wedding Receptions and Parties

In this lesson, we will cover how to shoot wedding receptions and parties. A wedding reception is basically a large party and the same rules apply to both events. Receptions and wedding parties are both held indoors and in low light, making a flash or speedlite a necessity. Here, you'll learn tips for meeting with and booking potential clients, choosing gear and capturing the key moments at a wedding reception or party.

6 - Finding Your Professional Presence

Being a superb photographer alone will not make you a dime; you need to find your professional niche and spend time working on the business side of things. The good news is that with talent and hard work, it can be a great career. In this final lesson you'll gain a professional perspective on finding your niche as a photographer, including using Web-based marketing to find potential clients and how to generate income by selling and prints and products.

Course Objectives
Building skills? Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn in this course:
  • Find event photography clients in the following genres: live performance, sporting events, wedding and portraits, and wedding reception and party.
  • Identify and summarize what a photography client needs, when they need it, and in what form you will deliver the files.
  • Create an initial plan of your equipment and setup needs for a photo project, listing any special equipment you will need to bring and noting any lighting or setup goals.
  • Successfully execute classic shots and/or shots that meet the client's stated needs.
  • Conduct event photography shoots in live performance, sporting events, wedding and portraits, and wedding reception and party genres, or comparable projects.
  • Reflect on your photo shoot experiences and learn lessons that will benefit your future projects.
  • Present your best work from event photography shoots to potential clients.
  • Promote your work on online market places and on third party product sites.
Course Registration

Interested in this course? Scheduled enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree or certificate program.

Course LevelClasses startRegistration FeeTechnology FeeTuition
Degree course
3-credit course, 15 week
Jan, May, Aug$200$50/semester$475/credit
* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.

Software and Supplies

To take this course you'll need:

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • A digital camera with manual control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance.

Who’s Teaching

Course developed by James Wayanauskas

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The instructors have top credentials and experience and are always there to offer a new perspective, as well as valuable coaching and mentoring. - Myriam Keaton, Associate Degree in Graphic Design.

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