Certificate in Business Photography

Looking to start your own photography business? The Certificate in Business Photography teaches you how to capture and edit professional-grade photos and develop a profitable business plan. Learn how to market yourself and stand out from the competition.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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Study 100% Online

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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan starting from $26 per week.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Enjoy the flexibility of self-paced learning with 12 months of access time to complete your course.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes
  • Professional Photographer
  • Small Business Owner in Photography Industry
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Hobby Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
Course Modules

Module 1: Photographic Practice

  • Composition
  • Photographing People
  • Nature and Landscape Photography
  • Colour vs Black & White
  • Special Techniques – Action and Candid Photography
  • Illustrative Photography
  • Publishing
  • Business Opportunities in Photography

Module 2:  Photographic Technology

  • Image Formation
  • Lighting
  • Sensitometry A (ie. Film Sensitivity)
  • Sensitometry B
  • Understanding Colour
  • Chemistry of Colour Photography
  • Optical Filters and other activities
  • Lenses

Module 3:  Starting A Small Business

  • Introduction to Small Businesses
  • The World of Business
  • Considering the Alternatives
  • Understanding Marketing
  • Planning
  • Record Keeping and Bookkeeping
  • Sales Methods
  • Budgeting
  • Developing a 12 month Business Plan
  • Implementing a Business Plan
  • Reviewing Progress in a New Business
  • Improving Profitability

Module 4: Photoshop CS – Beginner To Medium Level

  • Learning The Menus
  • Working with Digital Image Files
  • Understanding the Tool Palette
  • Using Layers, Actions and History
  • Digital Painting, Shapes and Colours
  • Selecting, Resizing, Transforming and Masking
  • Adjustments and modifications
  • Adding Filters and Styles
  • Preparing Files for Print and Web

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you 5 days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
DSLR Camera Optional

If required, this course can include a professionally recommended DSLR camera suited to the course and a career in photography.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.

Course Outline

Students will undertake 4 Key Modules, made up of 29 subjects.

Module 1: Photographic Practice (100 hours)

Study the techniques used for photographing people and landscapes, using black and white, sports photography, illustrative photography, and images for publishing.

This module is all about exploring the techniques required for successful photography. You will learn how to compose photographs in a way that matches a predetermined aim. Discover how to take better photographs of people and how this differs to what is required to get capture landscapes and natural subjects. Explore the differences between black and white photography and colour, what subjects work best for each and why you would choose to use one over another. Learn how to create various visual effects through the use of special techniques. You will also gain a better understanding of the nature and scope of business opportunities in the photography industry and what this may mean for you.

Module 2: Photographic Technology (100 hours)

Understand what it takes to capture a good photo and learn how to identify problems by exploring image formation, lighting, lenses, filters, colour and sensitometry.

In this module, you won’t just learn how to capture a good photograph, but you’ll discover how to describe in technical terms, how an image forms when a photograph is taken. Delve deeper into the nature of light and how this relates to the finished photographic product, and how sensitivity of a photo-sensitive surface and its development can affect the photographic image. You will explore how the composition and manipulation of white and coloured light creates different photographic images, and the chemical process that occurs in producing a colour film photograph. Gain a better understanding of how the photographic image may be manipulated by using optical filters or other camera attachments, other than lenses, and also how different lenses can manipulate a photograph image too.

Module 3: Photoshop – Beginner To Medium Level (100 hours)

As the most-commonly used software in photography and graphics, you will learn how to create and manipulate photographs, images and artwork using Adobe Photoshop for use on the web, email and print.

This introduction module to Adobe Photoshop is designed to set students up with the basics of the software program, from opening digital files, resizing images and understanding multiple file formats, to more creative fundamentals. Learn how to create original graphics, manipulate individual elements or images and add interesting effects, change compositions of a photograph and set up your files for the web, print or email so you can share your work with potential clients.

Module 4: Starting A Small Business (100 hours)

This unique and hands-on course will help develop your knowledge and skills required to start your own small business. From developing your business ideas and then refining and improving them through the support of your experienced mentors, to formulating a business plan that focuses on clear outcomes and profitability.

Beginning with a broad overview of the nature of small business and what it takes to run one successfully, the module then explores the legal requirements, restrictions and costs associated with starting a small business. You will learn about the marketing process, sales and promotions so you can set yourself up for success. The module also delves deeper into the administrative side of small business, such as record-keeping and bookkeeping and the importance of a comprehensive and clear budget.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry, or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry-leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. Among these offerings, the Digital Marketing Course stands out for those interested in harnessing the power of the Internet for business success. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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