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Master Certified Better Photographer

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Achieve your goals and gain the competitive edge in the Masters Certified Better Photographer (MCBP) program! Through the industry's premier online photography school, you'll take top-level courses that will help in your quest to achieve success as a top-flight photographer. The MCBP certificate will command respect by providing additional proof of your level of mastery. MCBP recognition tells the photographic world that you have hit the peak in BetterPhoto's prestigious certificate program.
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What You Get

  • Photography course path with 32 weeks of instruction
  • Instruction by seasoned pro with direct feedback
  • Accurate and timely critiques of your images
  • Constructive, creative discussions with peers
  • Camaraderie with fellow students striving for excellence
  • Private classroom forums and open creative exchanges to grow together
  • Examination process to allow you to demonstrate learned skills
  • Certificate of Competency with each level of BetterPhoto program earned
  • License to professionally use certification logos and emblems on business cards, website and promotional materials
  • Portfolio of final images to promote your business or showcase your photography
  • Certification emblems in signature line at BetterPhoto. Anywhere your name is listed, under images and in discussions, your emblem proudly displays

$1437 Certification Bundle Fee includes FREE Testing. Students paying for courses individually will be required to pay $150 Testing Fee.


  • Affiliation with the world-wide leader in online photography education
  • You will become a better photographer, learning new skills and taking better pictures more consistently
  • Affordable ongoing education
  • After the basic courses you can move on to Major in a specialty or two of your choice like landscape, people, and Photoshop
  • You will be part of an elite corp of certified photographers that set you apart among your peers and in the eyes of your potential clients
  • Make more money with your photos

Course Outline

Credits Required for Certification
Completion of 32 credits

4-four week courses= 16 credits

Course 1: Composition Boot Camp | Rob Sheppard

Course 2: Portrait Photography Using Available Light | Ibarionex R. Perello

Course 3: Stock Photography | Jim Zuckerman

Course 4: Elective, One of following courses:

2-eight week courses= 16 credits

Course 1: Eight Steps to More Dramatic Photography | Jim Zuckerman

Course 2: Elective, One of the following:

Final Exam conducted by a professional photographer/instructor
Passing grade of 80% on Exam
Submission of 20 photos demonstrating understanding of core concepts and photography techniques.

$1437 Certification Bundle Fee includes FREE Testing. Students paying for courses individually will be required to pay $150 Testing Fee.

Program Details

Once you enroll in certification program. By registering you will receive:
  • Instructions and orientation for online classroom Campus Square
  • Survey from instructor to get to know your goals
  • Priority assistance in tracking your progress and credits
  • Notification on recertification

Certified Better Photographer Examination
After all CBP course requirements are completed, individuals may upload images for review and complete a comprehensive exam. The exam is designed to assess the individual's overall knowledge of the photography core concepts.

The BetterPhoto Certification Program uses professional photographers for preparing and scoring in the examination process.

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$1437 Certification Bundle Fee includes FREE Testing. Students paying for courses individually will be required to pay $150 Testing Fee.


Completion of Certified (CBP) and Advanced Better Photographer (ACBP) Program
  • A film or digital camera; an SLR type with interchangeable lenses is suggested.
  • Access to a computer (and scanner if you are using a film camera) as you will upload images to your online classroom.
  • A printer is not necessary but you may want to print lessons if you plan to travel and want to take your lesson on the road.
  • A working knowledge of basic camera controls and the ability to control exposure using the lens aperture and shutter speed.
  • A lens, or lenses that cover an angle of view from wide-angle to a medium telephoto.
  • A lens with a close (macro) focusing ability is suggested.
  • A camera with a Depth of Field preview function is recommended.
  • A tripod is recommended, strongly.
  • Any image editing software that can open and process image files produced by your digital camera, or film scanner.
  • Circular Polarizer Filter
  • Cable Release
  • For Digital Infrared Photography course: Infrared converted camera or camera compatible with infrared filter,familiarity with Photoshop or Elements

Testing Requirements

Master Certification Portfolio Fulfillment

Final Exam Image Submission

Student's portfolio will consist of a compendium of 20 images as outlined in the following categories, demonstrating the student’s comprehension and application of elements included in the Masters Courses curriculum.

For each image, include the following:

  • Title noting which technique/concept the picture depicts.
  • Description including the technical data (f/stop, shutter speed, ISO), plus any other facts/comments that you would like to share about the photo.
Note: Photos submitted for this exam can be previously shot ones (i.e., from your gallery, from classes, etc.), or new images at your discretion.
  1. Panning: (2 photos) Submit two images demonstrating panning during exposure, creating artistic/unique composition.
  2. Timed Exposure: (2 photos) Submit 2 photos at twilight or at night demonstrating timed exposure technique (i.e., available light - no flash!).
  3. Stock Composition: (3 photos) Include three images composed using stock photography concepts. These can represent any subject, including those outlined in the Stock course (such as travel, love, workplace, business, environment, and others).
  4. Wide-Angle Composition: (2 photos) Submit two photos demonstrating the creative use of a wide-angle focal length: one wide-angle composition in a vertical format, and a second one in a horizontal format. For each image, you must have a close foreground subject.
  5. Landscape or Cityscape: (2 photos) Submit two photos showing a deep depth of field (sharp from foreground to background). These can be either landscapes or cityscapes, or one of each.
  6. Color: (2 photos) Submit two photos demonstrating effective use of bold, bright color(s) as a primary element in the image.
  7. Telephoto Composition: (2 photos) Submit two photos, exhibiting the following use of telephoto focal length: one photo in which you zoomed in close on a subject, and one photo that compresses distant objects (giving the appearance that distant subjects are closer together than they really are).
  8. Photo Essay: (5 photos) Prepare an in-depth study of a subject, by creating a five-image photo essay exploring the subject from different perspectives and interpretations.

* Courses and instructors subject to change without notice.

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