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"It is the most in-depth online diploma course that you will find anywhere on the internet, covering all aspects of photography"


The diploma course in professional photography is what we specialise in. It is the most in-depth online diploma course that you will find anywhere on the internet, covering all aspects of photography.

As our course is provided online, there are no face to face lessons as such, no classes to attend or workshops to go to. One of the key benefits of this method of study is that you can study from anywhere and at any time.  

What makes The Photography Institute so unique is that throughout our course you have access to the safety net and guidance of the team here at Student Support, who you can contact 24/7. It is not simply a case of giving you a textbook and off you go - far from it.

The tutors who work for us are not just teachers, but the best working professionals in their field. The author of this course, George Seper, is one of the leading Professional Freelance Photographers around, highly regarded in the Industry with a great reputation. By drawing on their knowledge you will gain an edge that will allow you to get your foot in the door and take the industry by storm yourself.
On successful completion of this course you will receive your Diploma of Professional Photography as issued by The Photography Institute, a certification recognised worldwide within the industry.

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Why Study With Us?

Here are some reasons why studying at The Photography Institute makes sense:

  • Cutting edge online diploma course in photography.
  • Contributions from leading professional photographers.
  • 24 Hour student support.
  • Exclusive Facebook group with over 18,000 students worldwide.
  • Student discounts on Adobe products.
  • Flexible payment options.
  • 7 Day money back guarantee.

Professional Photography Course

Our Diploma in Professional Photography course is comprised of 12 Modules and 12 corresponding interactive assignments. Some are just theoretical, but the majority of assignments combine both theory and fun practical tasks!

Since the course is provided online, you can study at home, in your own time and at your own pace. Normally you would expect to be dedicating on average about 4-6 hours per week for 24 weeks. However, many students take up to one year to complete their studies because of family or work commitments.

You have direct contact with your personal tutor who guides you closely through each step of the course, offering personalised and specific constructive criticism on your submitted work. If you ever have any questions in relation to your course or assignments, all you need to do is send your tutor a quick email and they will reply with an answer as soon as they can.
With this close tutor mentorship, you will feel like your tutor is in the same room as you, and all this can be achieved from the comfort of your own home. That is the beauty of our course, you can study when you like and at your own pace.

We offer an exclusive Student Facebook group which provides a great opportunity for you to meet fellow students from all over the world, ask questions, share knowledge and experience, upload work, give and receive feedback, make new friends and talk everything photography!

All you need for our professional photography course is a good camera, preferably a Digital SLR, but not essential. With some assignments you need to select an option and confirm what camera you are using, i.e. SLR Digital, Non-SLR Digital, Film, etc.

We also recommend you have a version of Adobe Photoshop CS to use throughout our course. However, you are free to use any photo editing program you wish.

As a student of The Photography Institute you are entitled to the student discount offered by Adobe on their 'Creative Cloud Complete' package fee.

The topics covered in our course are:

  • Cameras & Lenses
  • Shutters, Aperture, ISO & their Relationship
  • Exposure & Metering
  • The Film & Digital Process
  • Light & Colour
  • Lighting
  • How to take Better Photos
  • Equipment & Software
  • Retouching, Resolution & Printing
  • The Studio
  • How to Construct a Professional Portfolio
  • Photo Agents - Picture Agencies. How to Get Work & Keep It

Learn more about our modules in detail.

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The easiest way to join the Professional Photography course is to apply online. Students can opt to pay weekly(x24), monthly(x6) or in full. The standard fees for our 24 week course are £649. However, if you pay your course fees in full you receive a £50 discount and only pay £599 for the complete course.

Being an international organisation, we normally only accept payment by credit card. However we do offer alternative payment methods if this is not an option for you. 

If you are unsure, we offer a 7 day money back guarantee. When you enrol, you will have access to your tutor and the first two modules and assignments. If after going through the first 2 modules you believe the course is not right for you, just let us know within 7 days from the date you enrolled, for a 100% refund of the fees you have paid so far.

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Gary Wallis

British born photographer Gary Wallis had been a freelance photographer for 15 years working mainly in fashion and portraiture. He has shot for magazines around the world including Japanese Vogue, Dutch Elle, British Marie Claire, The Independent Magazine, Evening Standard, Dazed and Confused, Swedish Slitz Magazine and lots more. His commercial clients have included Topman, Motorola, Lloyds, Harper Collins. Gary has also taught photography at leading UK Art College Central Saint Martins for 14 years and is now Subject Leader in Photography for the Graphic Design Degree Course.

Matthew Evans

British born photographer Matthew Evans started photographing professionally in 2002 having been a keen amateur for some years prior to that. He has since worked for a variety of clients focusing on architecture, products as well as commercial and private portraiture. His love for travel photography has taken Matthew across the UK and Europe on a number of commissioned and stock based projects.

David Goldman

Canadian born photographer David Goldman’s professional career began in 1994 when he left his hometown Toronto for Los Angeles. For 12 years David worked with the biggest record labels and television companies around such as Warner Brothers. During this time he created a body of iconic and memorable imagery for music, advertising and celebrity clientele. David’s captivating work features artists from Madonna to Muse, Blink 182 to Maynard James Keenan.

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Student Testimonials

Here's what some students have to say:

Charli Murray from London

"If you are thinking of enrolling with The Photography Institute then I would thoroughly recommend it! The course assisted me in so many ways, and it was far from a 'standard' course, which can leave you with a lot of reading materials and no actual experience or feedback. My tutor was fantastic and quite open in giving constructive feedback, which I really appreciated.

I have always had a creative streak and photography was originally an outlet for this. I joined the course to gain the 'technical' experience and knowledge that I needed to develop my skills further. I then realised that photography was much more than just a hobby for me, it was something that left me with a huge buzz after every shoot and seeing people so happy at the results always makes me smile..."

Catherine Brown from Lancashire

"12 months ago I had never turned a Digital SLR camera on! Now I have graduated, been exhibited as a commended Sony World Photographer, won a national Photography award, started a business and give up my day job plus I'm a mum with two young children. It’s unbelievable how fast things can happen.

I signed up to this course because I needed to direct my creative energy somewhere, I liked pictures and have always been 'snap happy' but I wanted to learn how to take a good picture, understand the science rather than just getting lucky. I was keen to learn but was happy to just take good pictures of my children, never did I anticipate what the potential was.

I loved the fact that I could learn at home in my own time, knowing my children where safe in bed I could study in peace and didn't have to worry about babysitters. I wasn't very fast at completing my assignments because I wanted to understand and get it right. I loved how it was broken into 12 segments and I enjoyed reading the manual and looking at the examples..."

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Contact details

The Photography Institute
90, Long Acre
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9RZ
Great Britain