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Online Photography Classes According to YOUR Schedule

Photography classes according to YOUR schedule
  • Each week, you receive a clear and inspiring lesson via email.
  • Each lesson concludes with a motivating photo assignment.
  • After you go out shooting, you upload your results to a special Web page.
  • Shortly after, your pro instructor gives you expert feedback on your photos.
  • All the while, you interact directly with a famous photographer and expert instructor.
Ready to begin? Browse courses by category or skill-level at our main Photography Courses page.

Question   Where are you located? Where do I have to go to take the class?
  Answer We're based just outside of Seattle but that's just where we work.

These classes are 100% Internet-based. You don't have to go anywhere. You can learn while at home or work. You get the benefit of access to a world-acclaimed photographer... from anywhere in the world.

Question   Come again... you say it is all done via the Internet? How do these classes work?
  Answer We email you an illustrated lesson each Wednesday. You can read this in your email, print it out, or view an archived version on the Web site.

You will be given a username and password to sign in to the course Web pages, where you can upload photos, read your critiques, ask questions, and more.

In each weekly lesson, you will be given a fun photo assignment. After shooting the assignment, you select your favorite results and upload them to the Web site.

It is as easy as that. You can learn from practically anywhere and pace yourself around your current schedule. The best of all worlds, the online photography courses allow you to master the art in your own way, from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Question   Are the classes based around scheduled chat times?
  Answer No. The course is completely flexible in that way.
Question   Do I need to be at the computer at a particular time of the day or a particular day of the week?
  Answer No, since you are sent the lessons via email, you can access and read them at your convenience.
Question   I might have limited computer access. Will I need to be on the computer often?
  Answer No, to the contrary, you do not need to be online that much of the time. You can, for example, print off the lesson, read it away from the computer. Also, you will be out about doing your assignment much of the time - unless you are taking a Photoshop® class; these Photoshop assignments will need to be done at your computer.
Question   How much time do we have for each assignment? When do we have to upload the results from each assignment?
  Answer Your lessons are sent early Wednesday morning and the assignment results are due the following Wednesday (for 4-week short courses) or on Sunday evening (for 8-week courses). For 4-week courses, you have 1 week. For 8-week courses, you have about 12 days to complete each assignment.
Question   How many hours of reading and homework do I have to do each week?
  Answer Some students spend as little as an hour a week in our online Campus Square. Others spend several hours a day delving into all the learning options.

The time it takes to read each lesson depends on how fast you read. Each lesson is usually about the length of a substantial magazine article.

The assignments are the most variable element in the course. Each can often be done in a few hours but you might enjoy lingering while you're out photographing. These assignments are indeed very inspiring and motivating.

The other activities of the course - asking or responding to questions, participating in the photo critiques, and interacting directly with the instructor... these activities can take as much or as little time as you like.

Question   Would it be okay if I uploaded previously photographed work for critique, if I don't have time to go out and shoot fresh material?
  Answer Yes, that's usually okay. Our photography instructors are not just top-notch, successful pro photographers; they're also real people - with strong interpersonal qualities such as compassion, kindness, and empathy. They understand how valuable the critiques are and how tight your schedule can get at times. Sometimes, the instructor will ask for new imagery, but most often we're okay either way.
Question   Is it okay to edit our images in a program like Photoshop before submitting them for critique?
  Answer That depends upon the particular course. Obviously it is perfectly okay to do that in one of our many excellent Photoshop® courses. For more info, check the individual FAQ page for the particular course you are considering. For example, world-acclaimed photographer Jim Zuckerman says (on the Course FAQ page for his popular "Fundamentals of Photography Made Easy" Online Photography Course) that it's okay to upload photos that have been manipulated in Photoshop. You can also contact us if you need help finding out if a specific class allows Photoshopped images.
Question   Do I need to shoot in Camera Raw?
  Answer That also depends upon the course. For example, on the Course FAQ page for Charlotte Lowrie's "Learning the Canon Digital Rebel Camera" photography class , she says that it's perfectly okay to shoot in the JPEG file format.
Question   Do I need to use a digital camera?
  Answer You mean you're still using a film camera? ;-) Just kidding... In most classes, you need not use a digital camera. if you so choose, you can shoot film and have it scanned into a digital format before uploading the pictures. If you don't have a scanner, many photo labs offer scanning services.
Question   How and where will I send my photos from the weekly photo assignment?
  Answer You upload them to a particular Web page in the course area of

Before the course begins, you will be given a special URL where enter your password and follow a series of prompts to submit your work.

Question   What happens if I miss a week or two of lessons because I go on vacation during the course?
  Answer No problem. That is one of the beauties of learning via the Web. If you miss a week, you can easily catch up the next week. We can even pre-send you a lesson if you need to catch a plane to go on a trip. Simply contact Celia in customer support after you find the class that's best for you and enroll and she'll be more than happy to assist you.
Question   If I don't complete a photo assignment on time, can I send it in for a later critique?
  Answer Yep. We'll keep the Campus Square open for months at least, so you can access your information later. In fact, we've never closed a Campus Square. It's just that some of our ancient classes - the ones we taught several years ago - may not be accessible due to changes and improvements in our programming.
Question   Will we get to upload additional photos... more than the photos requested for each photo assignment?
  Answer Yes! As a matter of fact, we invite you to send a selection of your best images before the first critique. These images will not be critiqued but will instead be placed in what we call the student "Portfolio". This will give you a chance to share photos with other students as well as the instructor, even before the first assignment. Additionally, we encourage you to share extra photos in the Q&A Forum of the Campus Square as the course progresses.
Question   What is the difference between the various courses? Which course is the right one for me?
  Answer With over 80 classes, we know it can be a challenge to pick the right one. But rest assured, you'll be able to find the class that is best for you.

First, you may want to learn how to use your particular camera in one of our popular Camera Courses.

Second, you can browse the photography course descriptions pages.

Third, you can find a course based on your current skill-level, whether you feel most comfortable in a beginning photographing class, an advanced photo course, or something in between.

Once you find a few interesting options, you can review the course outlines and individual course FAQ pages to get a better idea of which course is best. For example, if you're looking at Kerry Drager's "Creative Light and Composition" photography class (an excellent first choice!), you will find helpful details at the course outline page, FAQ page, the course requirements page, or one of the other course detail pages.

If you need any help deciding which course to start with, feel free to contact us at any time. Our friendly team members will be happy to assist you and answer any of your course-related questions. When you contact us, please tell us what you would like to accomplish, your favorite photography subjects, your skill level, and what kind of camera you use.

Question   Can other people on see my photos, or will they be kept private?
  Answer That is up to you. You are free to include them in the monthly photo contest, in the BetterPhoto galleries, or in another area of the site. If you would like to only show them in the online photography class, you can indicate that preference when you upload.
Question   Will you be offering these same courses in the future?
  Answer Most likely. We can never tell the future but we do try to offer classes in the future. And add to the course line-up, as time and resources allow.
Question   This sounds too good to be true... are there any hidden fees or extra costs?
  Answer No. Absolutely not.

Prices and courses are subject to change but we do not hide any charges from you.

Question   Is there a required textbook?
  Answer No. Although most of the photography instructors are published authors, their books are not required for the courses.
Question   Will we have access to the instructor to ask questions during the online photo course?
  Answer Absolutely!

If many students ask similar questions as other students during a week, the instructor may opt to address the question in a special Q&A Forum or along with the next week's lesson.

And don't worry about asking a dumb question - there is no such thing. We encourage you to pipe up - no matter how silly you may think your question sounds. That is another of the beautiful things about the Internet - you can ask any question without fear of embarrassment among your peers.

Question   Why not just buy the book that the instructor has written? What's the difference between learning from a book and learning in the course?
  Answer These courses are all about interaction with a pro with lots of teaching experience. Yes, it's true... the lessons are packed and inspiring. The assignments will push you out the door and help you 'make time' for photography. But the biggest benefit you will likely enjoy is getting your photos critiqued by a pro who really knows what he or she is talking about. It's like having an expert photographer at your beck and call - 24/7.

But don't just take our word for it. We asked some of our previous students how they might answer that question. Here are a few of their responses:

"I feel that the course is very much better because you get first hand help from a wonderful photographer who can tell you what you are doing wrong, and how to fix it. I can't say enough about how his comments help my work. I can read the book and have the basic knowledge of what to do, but then to have assignments and go out and actually learn and get feedback is irreplaceable to me. It has been great!" - S.A.

"At the very LEAST, this course will give you a weekly goal and the motivation to keep working to improve, no matter where you are in the learning process. The critiques are invaluable, and the course as a whole is just plain fun!" - P.C.L.

"[The course] forced me to go out there this past winter when normally I would not have done so. Instead of reading about photography I was actually out there taking pictures..." - J.C.

"If you want to take better pictures, this is the course. The instructor not only critiques your work but also shares his knowledge and invaluable tips that many pros just will not give to you." - T.S.

And that's just a few of the first testimonials we ever received. We've collected thousands of glowing testimonials now. It's one of our favorite things about working at BetterPhoto. If you'd like to hear what other customers are saying, read just a few of the customer testimonials here.

Question   Is there a money-back guarantee?
  Answer Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week interactive classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 2-week and 4-week interactive courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

Jim Miotke, Owner

"Better Than Money Back Guarantee" here.

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