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The Studio Photography Certificate is a highly focused track of study that constructs in-depth knowledge of in camera operations, photographic lighting techniques, studio management and procedures, and photographic advertising methods in particular.
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Studio Photography presents a unique set of challenges to the photographer – it is a highly controlled environment that requires a special knowledge of lighting balance, exposure, equipment and many other factors that contribute to a successful studio photoshoot.
If you are looking to enhance your skills or perhaps change your career towards studio photography, then the Certificate of Studio Photography from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division might be a great fit for you.
This certificate is desgined to equip a graduate with industry-standard production skills in one specific area - it does not provide the breadth or depth of a full college degree. In application, this program should provide sufficient information for a student to consider starting a one-person freelance studio photography business or to become a studio assistant. For a student who has already completed a liberal arts degree, this course of study provides sufficient technical information to enhance their employability in the advertising sector.
The program builds from basic exposure, composition, and camera operations to their application in the photographic studio environment, including studio lighting and applied business practices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Employment of photographers is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. […]Employment of self-employed photographers is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. Demand for wedding and portrait photographers will continue as people continue to get married and need new portraits. In addition, corporations will continue to require the services of commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements to sell products.”
The BLS adds, “Job prospects will be best for candidates who are multitalented and possess related skills such as picture editing and capturing digital video.”
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).