Can You Become a Professional Photographer by Taking Online Courses?

4 January 2013

Photography is something many people enjoy, especially after the influx of mobiles or smart phones with highly advanced cameras. Doesn’t matter if it is a special occasion, a spectacular view, some interesting moment, taking out our mobile phones and capturing the moment is the first thing that many of us will do. While most of us are doing it to share with friends or family members; some do it for the sake of memories, while others do it just because they love to take photographs. If you are one of those amateur photographers, imagine getting paid for doing something that you love to do in any case.

You can earn by becoming a fashion photographer, event photographer, real estate photographer, and the like. Whether you are doing it as a full time profession or a part time job depends on your skills, aptitude, ambitions, and of course, your financial requirements. 
It doesn’t matter if you are looking to become a full time photographer, or a part timer, you will need to up your game and learn the fundamentals of photography like lighting or angles, especially those which are required for the type of photography jobs you are looking for. Even though, the clients will be deciding after looking at your portfolio and not your degrees or certificates, taking some short online courses can be of great help. Let’s have a look at some advantages and disadvantages of online photography courses.


  • Many online photography courses are available for free. A simple search for online photography courses or tutorials will fetch many results taking you to some wonderful resources, especially if you are looking for beginner level tips and tricks.
  • Online photography courses come with great illustrations, and explanatory videos, making it extremely easy for readers to understand.
  • In order to excel as a professional photographer, you will need to have more than exceptional photography skills, for example pricing tactics, marketing your services, creating a portfolio, and the likes.
  • Professional photography jobs are not just limited to covering someone’s wedding or birthday parties. There are many jobs that you wouldn’t know before reading about them on the Internet. Taking some of these courses will introduce you to many different jobs and earning opportunities for amateur photographers.
  • Professional photographers need to be good photo editors, and the Internet has a plethora of photo editing courses and tutorials online.


  • For a layman, it can be a little difficult to choose the right program, which is important especially if you are paying for an online course. You need to do the due diligence before subscribing for an online course.
  • You can take a look at the course outline or description, but you can never have an idea of the actual contents unless you’ve made an order. Sometimes the real course will turn out to be different from what is promised.
  • Online courses are great for teenagers or people who are computer and internet savvy. If you are not one of those guys, and you are not used to spending long hours in front of PC, you might find it a little difficult to digest all the information.
  • You might not take an online course as seriously as you should be, especially if you are paying little or no amount for that course.

About the Author: Natasha Mesty is an amateur photographer who earned her Masters in healthcare administration online while practicing photography. In addition to photography courses, you can also consider other degree programs forhealthcare administration careers.
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  1. I would love to do this if I had the adequate free time. Unfortunately, I do not.

  2. I've dreamt of being a fashion photographer for years with my photos appearing in the likes of Vogue or Vanity Fair. It's nice to know there are more tangible ways of making that dream a reality.

  3. I've found plenty of great photographer tutorials on the internet. Thankfully!


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