Frequently Asked Questions
We receive hundreds of course enquiries every day from people who are excited about enrolling onto the web’s most popular online photography course!
Please click on a heading below to read answers to the most commonly asked questions about the iPhotography Course.
If your question is not answered here then please contact us and one of our support team will be delighted to help you.
Do I need any photography experience to take this course?
No, you don’t need any experience. This course is designed for absolute beginners and keen amateurs. The language used is designed to be simple to understand and the course interface intuitive and easy to follow with no complicated jargon.
Do I need any special equipment?
No. Of course, we assume that you at least own a camera, but other than this you do not need any special equipment to take the course.
However, please keep in mind that if you’re serious and really want to get the most out of your training modules, it would be ideal if you own a DSLR or bridge camera and a tripod. While it is certainly possible to follow along with more basic equipment, you may find it frustrating at times when you want to practise some of the more advanced techniques in the course.
Do I have to attend any classes?
No. The course is entirely e-learning, which means that all modules, tests, assignments and resources are delivered to you online through our secure e-learning portal. There are no physical classes to attend. One of the great benefits of e-learning is that you can study the course online, during times convenient to you.
Do I need any computer skills?
Only very basic computer knowledge is required to complete our iPhotography Course. If you can point and click a mouse, then you’re okay! All training materials are delivered via our online learning portal, which you get access to the moment you register.
Are there any age limits for enrolling?
No. The age range of our students varies significantly, from school/college students right up to senior citizens. The course content has been designed to accommodate anyone of any age and ability.
What are the specific modules I will study?
The iPhotography Course consists of 18 in-depth training modules. You can find out more about the specific course modules you will study by going here.
Is the course information kept up-to-date?
Sadly, many online courses are rarely updated because course providers get busy creating new courses and neglect their existing ones. On the other hand, we’re an accredited training company with a passion for photography, serving people all over the world!
We also work with schools, colleges and international training institutes organisations and have a very real commitment to our clients and students to ensure that our courses are always bang up-to-date. Our business depends on it.
This course is no different and has been created by professional photographers who are at the cutting-edge of new techniques and new photographic technologies, as it emerges. Updates to the course are carried out regularly so as to always be in line with changes to best practice and industry guidelines and requirements.
Are any books or manuals sent to me?
No, all learning is carried out via our secure E-Learn website, all the course content is online for you to access at any time 24hrs a day.
The great benefit of e-learning is that you can study at home in your own time and at your own pace. You can combine achieving professional standard training along with a qualification, in and around your job and family commitments.
It is this level of flexibility that makes our e-learning course the ideal choice for most people. All you need is a computer or hand-held device with internet access to take this course. Best of all, there are no time-limits.
How do I contact my tutor?
Our team of experienced professional photographers are on standby to help you during the course, whether that’s to assess your assignments and provide you with personal online feedback or to answer questions about the content. Within the course dashboard area, you’ll find your tutor contact department which you can use at anytime.
We also have a separate customer service team who can help with general support questions about your course registration.
How long do I get access to the course for?
iPhotography Course is one of the very few online photography courses which generously gives you full, unrestricted LIFETIME course access, along with FREE updates.
Once enrolled you get the peace-of-mind assurance that you’ll always be able to refresh yourself on the latest photography techniques without ever having to pay again or having to remember to login every 12-months to stay enrolled.
Best of all, we are continually adding updates, new resources, tools and features to the course, so this is actually an investment that grows in value the longer you are a student!
Tell me more about the module tests?
We have developed an advanced self-assessment testing system designed to ensure an effective learning experience.
At the end of each module there is one self-assessment test (18 in total). Each test has a minimum passing score which you must achieve before you can move onto the next module in the course. You can take each module test as many times as you like until you pass, at which point your passing results are recorded in our national database and contribute towards your final score.
Our testing system assesses your answers and calculates your score instantly. This means no more waiting days or weeks for an assessor to mark your results and get back to you, like other more outmoded courses.
During the course you will also have the option to submit assignments to your tutor. These assignments are not mandatory and do not contribute towards your final grade. Instead, they have been designed to assist with your development as a photographer.
How am I graded?
Your overall passing grade is calculated as you move through the course and complete each module test. Your final score is an overall average grade of all 18 module tests. Your final grade is printed on to your pass certificate.
There are no time-limits for completing individual modules and no time limits for taking the tests. However, once you decide to start a test it must be completed in one go. You cannot stop a test midway through and return to it later, like you can with the course content.
You can view your course history and your current overall grade at anytime during the course.
Can you tell me more about the certificate?
Everyone who completes the course receives an attractive pass certificate which details all of the modules you have completed. Your certificate will indicate a percentage grade to show how well you have completed the test questions. It is important for you to take your time to complete each module to ensure you answer as many questions as possible accurately.
You will receive a PDF version of your certificate which you can download immediately on completing the final module in the course.
Photography™ is also a top certification provider on LinkedIn. The moment you’ve passed the course you’ll be able to add your iPhotography certification to your LinkedIn profile, with one-click right from your student account.
Please click here to find out more about the certificate you will receive and view a sample copy.
Can I View The Course On a Tablet Device such as an iPad?
Yes! The course is fully compatible with all tablet and mobile devices, including iPads and iPhones.
The course also has its own iPad App which is available to download absolutely free from the App Store. This will make viewing our course an even better e-learning experience for you and will allow you to study the course offline too!
Can I View The Course Using an Android Device?
Yes! This course is cross-platform compatible – which means it can be viewed on any mobile or tablet device running the Android OS.
Do I Have To Buy Photoshop To Take This Course?
No. You do not need to purchase Photoshop or other image editing software.
The ability to edit your images is an important part of modern photography and no photography course would be complete without covering this vital area. During Modules 17 & 18 of the iPhotography Course you will receive extensive step-by-step training from our Photoshop expert on how to edit your images like a professional photographer. This training is delivered to you through a series of 20 over-the-shoulder online video tutorials.
The principles detailed in the photo editing modules can be followed along using FREE image editing software such as Gimp or Pixlr.com. These programs have many of the key features of Photoshop and are more than sufficient for this part of the course.
Please go to our Course Structure page and click on Module 17 & 18 to view screenshots and a detailed breakdown of what you will learn during each of our Photoshop training tutorials.
We will also tell you how to download a FREE 30 day trial of Photoshop for the purpose of following along to our video tutorials.
Can You Tell Me More About the Qualification I Will Gain?
You might be surprised to know that there are no official accrediting bodies for online photography courses. In fact, you would be wise to treat with caution any online photography course offering you a photography-specific “accreditation” or any company claiming to be an “institute” of photography which isn’t a government-approved and licensed educational institute.
However, you’ll be pleased to know that iPhotographyCourse.com in conjunction with its parent company, Digital Sea Ltd, was the first online photography course to be awarded with exemplary accreditation by CPD (Continuing Professional Development) based on the quality and standards of training we deliver.
The CPD Certification Service provides a formal, independent certification of organisations, materials and development activities. These are the kinds of certificates that are sought out by teachers, doctors and other professionals to further their career and credentials.
As a student of iPhotographyCourse.com, this gives you the peace-of-mind assurance that our company, team and infrastructure have undergone rigorous quality assurance inspections and have met stringent guidelines, financial audits and background checks to ensure that our company and the photography training courses we deliver meet the highest standards. It also enables us to provide our students with a CPD accredited Certificate of Achievement on successful completion of any of our courses. This is also one of the many reasons why we are the number one trusted photography training partner of schools, colleges and training institutions worldwide!
We are also affiliated with the National Union of Students which enables our students to gain a valuable student NUS Card! Find out more here >>
Digital Sea Ltd is the parent company of iPhotographyCourse.com and is a Registered Training Provider, member of ABCC and an internationally accredited training organisation. Find out more here >>
Can iPhotography Course be used towards Skills Activities for schemes such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
As a Licensed Organisation, iPhotography Course has supported hundreds of DofE participants over the years in helping them attain photography skills that count towards the DofE ’skills activity’ section.
Once you have completed iPhotography Course your tutor will provide you with a DofE-specific letter which confirms that you have completed the course, along with the relevant number of photography assignments to meet DofE requirements. Once you have obtained your letter and final CPD-approved pass certificate you can submit these to your Assessor which count towards your Award.
Will this course be relevant to my country?
iPhotography™ serves a worldwide community of over 75,000 students and is developed and managed by a team of international award-winning photographers and training experts. The information, principles, techniques and strategies taught within this course are universal and therefore completely relevant to aspiring photographers worldwide. Currently, we have students taking iPhotography Course in more than 56 countries.
So, whether you’re from the UK, USA, Australia, South Africa or anywhere in-between, you’re in good hands and you’re guaranteed to meet other aspiring photographers from your area once you’re logged in and involved in our online community.