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Where can I get free online photography courses with certificates?

I enjoy taking pictures of architecture and landscapes while taking long walks and when I am on vacation. I get a lot of positive feedback when I share my pictures on social media. Many people have encouraged me to start doing photography professionally but I feel like I need to gain more skills to do it right. I would pay for a photography course but unfortunately, it is not possible at the moment since I have so many financial responsibilities. Therefore, I would like to know if there are any free online photography courses with certificates I can do. If there are, what are the different certifications you get online free and do you think it is a good idea to do distance education courses?

Timothy Norman

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Chelsea Hayes on January 23, 2018

We live in a great era where unlike past years, you can get almost any information you need online. Starting a photography career is a great step. Since you are going to be putting some money into the business, you cannot afford to go into it unprepared. You need to learn as much as you can about photography so that you can improve your skills and hopefully make a lot of profit inyour business. Fortunately, there are plenty of places online where you can get a free online photography course with certificates. These include:

  • Shaw Academy
    Shaw Academy is one of the best institutions that offer a distance education course in photography at absolutely no cost. The great thing about this institution is the fact that they offer both advanced and beginner courses. Beginners sign up for the ‘foundation course’ which includes a total of 10 lessons and 5 tests. Every student is awarded an accredited diploma once they have passed the 5 tests.
  • offers an award-winning photography module that teaches you everything you need to know about photography from shutter speed to great editing skills. This course is perfect for beginners. They teach you the nuts and bolts of photography and they use very simple terms. The best thing about this course is the fact that you can do it at your own pace. This means you can take as much time in one lesson until you understand it before moving on to the next lesson. They have 18 lessons which they promise will equip you with everything you need to know to improve your skills
  • Harvard University
    I bet you didn’t think you could get a free course from such a prestigious university. Harvard University has been offering free extensive photography courses since the year 2013. These courses are accessible through the online learning service, ALISON. Harvard offers 12 modules for different photography courses. Once you are done working through all the modules, you will be required to take an exam. You are required to get at least 80% on the examination to get the Harvard certificate.
    These are some of the certifications you get for free online. Check them out to see which one offers what you are looking for. Go for the one that is the most recognized and would give you the most benefits when you are looking for a job.

Kyle Mckinneya year ago

There are plenty of free online photography courses with certificates today. When choosing a free online course, there are three things you should do to identify the best institution. First and foremost, do a background check on the university or college. Make sure the university or college is accredited before you decide to take their program. This is important because accredited universities give valid certifications. Next,  find out what other people who have taken the course have to say about the program. Other people’s experiences will give you an idea of what to expect. Lastly, ensure the course is absolutely free. There are programs that require students to pay application fees to take the free courses. It is important to have this information so that you can get prepared. After you have identified the right institution for your needs, commit to the program fully so that you can get certified. Most institutions like Harvard will not offer certificates to students who have failed the program.

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