Online Photography Courses

Online photography courses are becoming more and more popular due to the convenience they offer so I have researched what is currently available and put together this page so you can see at a glance which ones are most suitable for you.

Most of them are online digital photography courses although it is possible to study film photography with some of them. Some offer certification but if you want to do an on-line degree, check out the second-to-last listing, the Academy of Art University.

If you are looking for free, online photography courses, click the link to go direct to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who offer a free download of the course materials they used for their 2007 undergraduate level course.

Some of the others also offer a free lesson or short photography courses on-line  Of course you won't have the support of a tutor with a free course but if you are a fairly disciplined kind of person then I think you could learn a lot, and at no cost.

I hope that among these online photography courses is just what you are looking for - good luck with your studies!

1. BetterPhoto

  • 80+ classes
  • Forum for students
  • 4 weeks or 8 weeks courses
  • Photography & Photoshop courses
  • Beginner, serious hobbyist, intermediate & advanced
  • 14 years offering online courses

2. School of Photography

  • Seven courses:
  • Creative (Basic) - for beginners
  • Digital Imaging - for beginners
  • Freelance - some knowledge required
  • Wedding - some knowledge required
  • Glamour - some knowledge required
  • Landscape - some knowledge required
  • Black & White - some knowledge required
  • Travel - some knowledge required
  • Portrait - some knowledge required
  • Free night photography lesson on the website

3. New York Institute of Photography

  • Three courses:
  • Professional Photgraphy
  • Photoshop for Photographers
  • Fundamentals of Digital Photographya
  • Up to 3 years to complete the course
  • 21-day money back guarantee

4. Icon Photography School

  • No previous experience required
  • One, project-based course lasting two weeks
  • 14 lessons, one per day
  • Final exam


  • Film & digital photography
  • Wide variety of courses at all levels
  • Short, online free lessons (articles) with clear info
  • Photoshop courses as well as photography online courses

6. The Perfect Picture School of Photography

  • Beginner/intermediate courses (11)
  • Intermediate/advanced courses (28)
  • Making money courses (4)
  • Digital darkroom courses (10)
  • One-on-one courses (14)
  • Message board for discussions

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Offer free download of course materials from 2007 undergraduate level course
  • One course only - Introduction to Photography & Related Media
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Topics:
    • Fundamentals of film and digital SLR and medium/large format camera operation
    • Black and white darkroom techniques
    • Digital imaging
    • Studio lighting


  • On-line library of in-depth articles on digital photography
  • Includes animations, clear information, well illustrated, articles
  • Topics include:
    • Stereo Photography
    • Guide to Digital Cameras
    • Using your Digital Camera
    • Displaying Photos
    • Photography Workflow
    • Images Sensors, Pixels & Image Sizes
    • Desktop Lighting
  • Geared towards technicalities rather than artistic development
  • Each short course is a complete book online, also available for purchase/download/CD

9. ACS Distance Education

  • Courses in Photography (Film Photos and Digital Photos)
  • Portrait Photography, Wedding Photography, Landscape Photography, Professional Photography
  • End-of-course exam
  • Diploma and certificated courses
  • Payment plan options
  • Money back guarantee (less admin fees)
  • Sample lesson available online

10. Academy of Art University

  • Online photography courses include undergraduate programs, graduate programs, accredited online program, continuing art education and pre-college scholarship programs
  • Accredited arts degrees online
  • Associates (AA), Bachelors (BFA) and Masters (MFA) degree courses
  • Online students art gallery
  • Course offerings include Fashion, Art for Commerce, Fine Art, Photojournalism/Documentary and many others

11. Abbey of the Arts

  • Photography as a Contemplative Practice - a six-week online class
  • Daily e-mails and access to a course web page with weekly lessons
  • Podcasts with guided meditations in MP3 format
  • Access to a Flickr group for sharing images with other course participants
  • High-end equipment not necessary, a point-and-shoot camera will do

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