This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs as photographers.

Learn about basic camera functions, exposure, and depth of field. In addition, students will learn about composition, how light affects images, filters and flash, wedding photography, portrait lighting, marketing your services, and portfolio sessions. The curriculum includes spending time in a lab environment in the last few sessions of class, working with photo editing software.

Required equipment:

  • DSLR camera
  • SD card for the camera ($20-40) depending on size of the card. A 32GB SD card Class 10 ($20) is recommended.
  • SD card reader ($10-20)
  • External hard drive ($100-200). WD easystore® 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive ($100) is recommended.
  • Tripod ($99-179). Manfrotto - Compact Advanced 65" Tripod ($100) is recommended.

How to Enroll

To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!

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Call 803.732.0432 to talk to us about this program, or email cce@midlandstech.edu

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Students must successfully complete this course.

CEUs Class Hours Course Title Cost
5.40 54

Photography Certificate

Learn basic camera functions, exposure, and depth of field. In addition, receive further instruction in composition, how light affects images, filters and flash, wedding, portrait lighting, marketing, and portfolio session. Conclude with lab sessions in digital photo editing using Photoshop Elements at the Northeast Campus. A DSLR camera is required. Conclude with lab sessions in digital editing, using Photoshop Elements at NE Campus. Students entering the certificate class will be responsible for having access to a laptop capable of accessing and running Adobe Lightroom Classic CC for the two weeks of class or the final 4-four sessions. A subscription to Lightroom is also required. Do not subscribe until you meet with instructor.



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Estimated Cost
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Not including fees and equipment



Capture images through a camera lens by photographing people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film equipment. Curriculum also includes learning how to develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints.

Possible career paths can include Advertising Photographer, Commercial Photographer, Newspaper Photographer, Owner/Photographer, Photo Editor, Photographer, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, Sports Photographer, or Studio Owner.

Average Annual Salary


According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • News Agencies
  • Photography Studios
  • Sports Organizations

What’s next after I complete this program?

Portrait studios, corporate photography, newspapers, magazines, or self-employment options exist.

Pursue videography and video editing certificates to broaden your skill set.