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The Photography Institute

75 Broadway
Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For answers to our most commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.

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We offer our course in over 30 countries around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do I have to complete the course?

The course is designed to be self-paced. 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.

How do I communicate with my tutor?

You can contact your tutor at any time through our secure student site, which you will gain access to once you enroll. Your tutor's role is to assess your assignments and provide you with feedback. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Do I have to attend any classes?

No. The courses are completed online. This means there are no classes to attend. You can study in your own time and at your own pace.

Do I have to have a background in photography?

No. The course is designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in photography.

When can I start?

As the course is provided online, you have the flexibility to start when and where it suits you. If you enrolled today, for example, you could start straight away.

What equipment do I need?

Our course is compatible with both PC and Mac devices, and there are no specific software requirements.

What if I need more time?

If you need more time, you can purchase one of our affordable extensions. We currently offer 3, 6 and 12 month extensions. Alternatively, you can purchase an Advanced Module, which will come with a 6 month extension.

Will I be able to chat with other students?

Yes. We have a dedicated student Facebook group. This group allows you to connect with other like-minded photographers where you can discuss your assignments, the course and all things creative.

Does the course include the Advanced Modules?

No. When you purchase our course, the Advanced Modules will not be included. Our Advanced Modules are short courses and are optional for those who wish to further their studies. They will be available to purchase for students who are enrolled in our course and have completed the first two modules. They are comprised of one module and one assignment and you are mentored by a specialist in the topic selected.

Can I purchase the Advanced Modules as a stand-alone course?

No. Unfortunately, we do not offer our Advanced Modules to the public. Only students enrolled in our course can purchase them.

Do you mail any course notes or materials out?

Our courses are delivered online and all information is provided digitally. As soon as you enroll, you will gain access to our online student site. You can download the course materials as you proceed through each module. As the modules are provided in PDF format you can keep them for future reference and print if you wish. The only time we mail something out is when you successfully graduate our course.

What device is required?

All you need for the course is a camera. A digital SLR or mirrorless is best; but certainly not essential. We also recommend a recent version of Adobe Photoshop. However, you may use other photo editing programs.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 92 reviews.

  • Kaliannan Shanmugasundaram

  • 50 days ago

Excellent Rating…

I am happy to give an Excellent Rating for the Photography Course. 1. The Course Material is very good ,...

  • Jennifer Akkaway

  • Monday 22 June 2020 at 02:28

Thoroughly enjoying this course

Thoroughly enjoying this course. In just two and a half months, I went from zero knowledge to being able to...

  • Bárbara

  • Friday 12 June 2020 at 01:21

High quality learning

High quality learning and very quick responses from my tutor... I love how detailed is the feedback. Every question is...

  • Scott Beck

  • Monday 08 June 2020 at 02:45

I'm loving this course so far

I'm loving this course so far! My mentor is amazing and I've learned more then I ever thought I could...

  • Stephanie Kerscher

  • Monday 06 April 2020 at 02:59

The perfect foundation for the world of photography

The course offers an excellent in-depth view of every aspect of photography. It teaches skills and knowledge which I previously...

  • William

  • Friday 17 January 2020 at 16:42

I took this course a few years ago

I took this course a few years ago. I was always interested in photography but was never really able to...

  • Deanna Johnson

  • Sunday 24 November 2019 at 22:47

Exceptional Photography Course

I am a beginner hobby photographer with enough knowledge to shoot in Manual mode. This course is worth every dollar...

  • Thelma Stevens

  • Sunday 29 September 2019 at 02:34

A Photography Course Worth the Money

I have always enjoyed taking photographs and wanted to one day learn more about photography; that was made possible by...

  • Denise

  • Saturday 21 September 2019 at 11:56

Glad I chose this institute

It's been a great learning experience so far !

  • Eva Todd

  • Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 23:06

Great course and knowledgeable tutors

Great course and knowledgeable tutors. The modules are full of useful information and very thorough! I am enjoying this experience!

  • Kayla Rader

  • Sunday 18 August 2019 at 22:44

I absolutely love this course!

I absolutely love this course!

  • Timothy Rude

  • Wednesday 05 June 2019 at 02:39

I appreciate the foundational information

I appreciate the foundational information along with the practical advice throughout the course. I also really have enjoyed how responsive...

  • Sandra Hale

  • Saturday 18 May 2019 at 22:52

Excellent Photography Course

This photography course is exceptional! George Seper explains in great detail, clear and concise in ever module! My tutor (Steven...

  • Michelle Peterick

  • Saturday 16 March 2019 at 22:07

Great I have taken 17 courses from NYIP…

Great I have taken 17 courses from NYIP and all four courses from National Geographic and I have learned an...

  • Mandy Talbot

  • Sunday 17 February 2019 at 21:06

Great program

My experience at the Photography Institute has been great! I have learned so much that I wouldn’t of ever learned...