Online photography courses in Australia

Don’t get stuck in the darkroom with these courses to help you take your photography from shabby to shutterbug.

Updated . What changed?

Fact checked
woman using a DSLR camera

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

Whether you're keen to up your camera skills, become the next Leibovitz or just make some extra cash on the side, online photography courses can help take you to that next level.

Read on to find out what's available, where you can find courses and answers to some frequently asked questions on online photography courses.

Where can I find photography courses online?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Are accredited courses available? Are free courses offered? Payment methods
Training.com.au
Training.com.au - Photography
Yes
No
Visa
Shortcourses.com.au
Shortcourses.com.au - Photography
Yes
Yes
TafeCourses.com.au
TafeCourses.com.au - Photography
Yes
No
Visa
MasterClass
MasterClass - Photography
No
No
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express
Udemy
Udemy - Photography
Yes
Yes
Visa,Mastercard,Discover Card,American Express,PayPal
ExpertRating
ExpertRating - Photography
Yes
Yes
Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, bank transfer, cheque
The Great Courses
The Great Courses - Photography
Yes
No
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Coursera
Coursera - Photograohy
Yes
Yes
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, JCB
Courses for Success
Courses for Success - Photography
No
No
Visa, MasterCard, bank transfer
loading

Compare up to 4 providers

What online photography courses are available?

There are a slew of online photography courses available on the shorter end of the scale and just a handful of choices if you're keen to pursue more formal qualifications.

Here are some of our top picks to help you choose the best option, depending on how in-depth you'd like to get.

Free courses

Free online courses are a bit difficult to find, especially courses run by established organisations. These are some that are currently available online.

CoursesInstitution
Cameras, Exposure, and PhotographyCoursera
Introductory Photography CourseUdemy
Photography: Ditch Auto - Start Shooting in ManualUdemy
Photography Basics and BeyondCoursera
Photography TechniquesCoursera

Short courses

Short photography courses offer a more structured learning experience than a free course. They usually offer access to an instructor for more support.

CoursesInstitution
Photography with Annie LeibovitzMasterClass
Camera PortfolioCentre for Creative Photography
Creative Digital PhotographyCATC Design School
Creative Digital PhotographyBilly Blue College of Design
Digital ImagingCentre for Creative Photography
Introduction to PhotographyCentre for Creative Photography

Certificates

A certificate course is often accredited by an Australian or international institution and can sometimes count as credit towards a diploma or university degree.

CoursesInstitution
Certificate IV in Photography and Photo ImagingOpen Colleges
Certificate of PhotographyAustralian Academy of Photography
Certificate of Professional PhotographyPhotography Institute
Certificate of Wedding PhotographyAustralian Online Courses

Diplomas

You can study a Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging at the following institutions:

CourseInstitution
Diploma of Photography and Photo ImagingBilly Blue College of Design
Diploma of Photography and Photo ImagingCATC Design School
Diploma of Photography and Photo ImagingCentre for Creative Photography (majority of the subjects are available online)
Diploma of Photography and Photo ImagingPhotography Institute
Diploma of Photography and Photo ImagingTorrens University Australia

University courses

Generally speaking, most university courses feature photography as just one subject within a Digital Media or Arts degree.

While there are a handful that focus solely on photography, most aren't offered online.

Universities are moving towards making their courses available digitally, but this course below can be studied online entirely:

CourseInstitution
Bachelor of Design Arts (Filmmaking & Photography)LCI Melbourne via Training.com.au

Who should take an online photography course?

Online photography courses run the gamut from short one-hour tasters to full-blown university degrees. Which means that whatever your level of interest, you'll find a course to suit your needs.

Here are some reasons why you might consider an online photography course:

  • Build confidence using your camera
  • Specialise in a photography niche (e.g. wedding, travel or wildlife photography)
  • Network and meet other photographers
  • Learn new skills used in the industry
  • Make the transition from amateur photographer to professional photographer
  • Gain a qualification to move forward in your photography career

What topics may be covered in an online photography course?

  • History of photography
  • How to operate a digital camera
  • Taking pictures under a range of conditions
  • Foundations of photo imaging
  • Image composition
  • Evaluating, measuring and controlling light
  • Post-production
  • How to build a marketable portfolio
  • Working to a client brief

How long does an online photography course take to complete?

  • Free courses: Go at your own pace
  • Short courses: 9-12 weeks
  • Certificates: 3 months to 2 years
  • Diploma: 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time
  • University course: 3-4 years full-time

What are the career opportunities after taking an online photography course?

Photography, like many artistic careers, can be as general or as niche as your passion allows.

Some photographers become freelancers or run their own studio, while others seek the security of a paid position within a company.

Here are some common photography careers:

  • Commercial photographer
  • Fashion photographer
  • Fine art photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Scientific photographer
  • Sports photographer
  • Stock photographer
  • Studio or portrait photographer
  • Travel photographer
  • Wedding photographer
  • Wildlife photographer

What equipment and software will I need?

You can start with a smartphone that takes photos or invest in a professional-grade mirrorless or DSLR model. It all depends on if you're taking photos as a hobby or for your profession.

The most important things you'll need in your gear bag are a camera, lenses and memory cards. Once you've got those, here are some nice-to-have extras that can make your job easier or help you get the desired results:

  • Tripod or monopod
  • Camera bag
  • Camera strap
  • Fisheye lens
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Macro lens

See the latest deals for online photography courses

Training.com.auTraining.com.au

Get certificates with free course guides and career advice

Apply to online courses like medical, first-aid, construction, business, psychology, marketing, English, manufacturing, bookkeeping, photography, human resource, interior design, floristry, beauty, graphic design, personal training, speech pathology, dental assistant, cyber security, social media, counselling, agriculture, education, naturopathy, hospitality, work health and safety and more. Associate degree, diploma, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, certificate IV, and short courses are available. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Shortcourses.com.auShortcourses.com.au

Find the perfect course for you

Choose from 200+ short courses from Australia's leading online providers. Subjects include agriculture, business, English, education, dental assisting, medical, naturopathy, nutrition, interior design, floristry, digital marketing, graphic design, photography, personal training, beauty, child care, work health and safety, and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

MasterClassMasterClass

Online courses from $23.33 per month

Get 100+ online workshops and courses from $23.33 per month. Courses offered are photography, business, writing, cooking, sports, beauty philosophy, interior design, agriculture, social media, chess and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Tafecourses.com.auTafecourses.com.au

Get the latest career advice and resources

Choose a course from Australia's best TAFEs, colleges and universities and get the latest advice and resources to help you advance in your career. Subjects include accounting, advertising, beauty therapy, dentistry, education, language, graphic design, hospitality, horticulture, interior design, allied medical, IT, photography, personal training, real estate, work health and safety, social media marketing and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

ExpertRatingExpertRating

Join programs and get online certification from $29.99

Get certification and enrol for online courses like Six Sigma, social media, marketing, business, human resource, medical receptionist, first aid, graphic design, interior design, photography, beauty therapy, personal training, short courses, and more. Sample price is for an online first aid course. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

UdemyUdemy

Photography courses from $19.99

Learn about photography with beginner to advanced courses. Sample price is for a course on how to operate a camera in full manual mode. T&Cs apply.

Last verified


More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.

2 Responses

    Default Gravatar
    RehmanJuly 12, 2016

    I need job
    I am professional photographers video editing and production work my working experience 15 years

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      StephanieJuly 14, 2016Staff

      Hi Rehan,

      Thanks for your comment. Please be aware that finder.com.au is a financial comparison website and not a jobs site. If you are looking for work, you might like to try job websites like Indeed, Seek and CareerOne that may be able to help.

      Best,

      Stephanie

Go to site