Advanced Certificate in Business Photography

Do you have a passion for photography and dream of transforming it into a thriving business? Are you eager to master the art of capturing stunning images and managing a successful photography venture? Do you see yourself as a professional photographer, creatively blending art with entrepreneurship? If these aspirations resonate with you, the Advanced Certificate in Business Photography is your ideal path to success—equipping you with the advanced skills to level up your photography techniques and establish your own photography studio business or photography service.
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 a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 700 hours to complete the course, which has seven key modules made up of 65 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Professional Photographer
  • Small Business Owner in the Photography Industry
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Hobby Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
Course Modules

Module 1: Photographic Practice

  1. Composition
  2. Photographing People
  3. Nature and Landscape Photography
  4. Colour vs Black & White
  5. Special Techniques – Action and Candid Photography
  6. Illustrative Photography
  7. Publishing
  8. Business Opportunities in Photography

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 from what is required to 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

  1. Image Formation
  2. Lighting
  3. Sensitometry A (ie. Film Sensitivity)
  4. Sensitometry B
  5. Understanding Colour
  6. Chemistry of Colour Photography
  7. Optical Filters and other activities
  8. Lenses

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

  1. Introduction to Small Businesses
  2. The World of Business
  3. Considering the Alternatives
  4. Understanding Marketing
  5. Planning
  6. Record Keeping and Bookkeeping
  7. Sales Methods
  8. Budgeting
  9. Developing a 12-month Business Plan
  10. Implementing a Business Plan
  11. Reviewing Progress in a New Business
  12. Improving Profitability

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

  1. Introduction to Small Business
  2. The World of Business
  3. Considering the Alternative
  4. Understanding Marketing
  5. PlanningRecord Keeping and Bookkeeping
  6. Sales Methods
  7. Budgeting
  8. Developing a 12-Month Business Plan
  9. Implementing a Business Plan
  10. Reviewing Progress in a New Business
  11. Improving Profitability

This unique and hands-on module will help develop the 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.

Module 5: Digital Photography

  1. Introduction to Digital Technology
  2. Equipment
  3. Digital Tæhnology
  4. Digital Cameras
  5. Taking Photographs
  6. Scanners
  7. Uploading Images
  8. The Digital Darkroom
  9. Compositing and Imaging
  10. Special Effects
  11. Outputs and Applications

You’ll gain an engaging pathway to mastering the art of digital photography in this module. Starting with an introduction to digital technology, it covers the essential equipment, including digital cameras and scanners, and the nuances of using them effectively. It also guides you through the process of taking photographs, uploading images and the intricacies of working in a digital darkroom.

Furthermore, the module explores the creative aspects of composing and imaging, along with the use of special effects to enhance photographic artistry. You'll learn about various outputs and applications of digital photography, equipping you with the skills to produce high-quality images and explore the vast possibilities of digital photographic technology.

Module 6: Wedding Photography

  1. Introduction to Wedding Photography
  2. Logistical Planning
  3. Equipment for Wedding Photography
  4. Photographic Style for WeddingsOptions
  5. Photographic Composition and Posing
  6. Shooting the Wedding Ceremony
  7. Shooting the Wedding Reception
  8. Post Production Wedding Photography
  9. The Business of Wedding Photography

This module offers a focused approach to mastering wedding photography, blending technical skills with artistic expression. It begins with an introduction to the unique aspects of wedding photography, including logistical planning and the selection of appropriate equipment. It also covers different style options, teaching you how to compose and pose shots effectively, ensuring memorable images of both the wedding ceremony and reception.

Additionally, this module delves into the post-production process, an essential aspect of wedding photography, where you'll learn techniques to refine and enhance your photographs. This module concludes with valuable insights into the business and marketing side of wedding photography, equipping you with the knowledge to not only capture beautiful moments but also to successfully manage and market your wedding photography services.

Module 7: Business Studies

  1. Establishment Procedures
  2. Management Procedures
  3. Communication in Business
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Staff Management
  6. Productivity
  7. Financial Management
  8. Marketing Techniques

This module provides an insightful journey into the world of business, from establishment to management procedures. It delves into effective communication strategies within a business context and hones problem-solving skills essential for any business environment. The module also covers staff management and ways to enhance productivity, coupled with essential financial management techniques. Additionally, students will explore various marketing techniques, equipping them with the knowledge to successfully navigate and manage different aspects of a business operation.

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

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


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 on to 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.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

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.

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.

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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 onlince 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. 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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