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Do I need any prior experience to take a course?

No, you don’t need any experience. This course is designed for absolute beginners and keen amateurs.

The language used is designed to be simple to understand and the course interface intuitive and easy to follow with no complicated jargon.

Can I use my existing camera?

Yes! The best thing about this course is that you don’t always need to have a top end DSLR camera.

Some of our course can be followed with a simple point and shoot compact or even your smartphone in some instances.

An entry level DSLR or Mirrorless camera will be enough follow any of our photography courses. You see, it’s not your camera; it’s how you use it.

Once you understand how a few of your camera’s features work, everything else falls into place very quickly and you’ll be taking stunning portraits and capturing beautiful memories in no time at all.

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Do I need any special equipment to start a course?

Other than a camera and some photo editing software, you do not need any special equipment to take our courses.

However, if you’re serious and want to get the most out of your training, then a DSLR or Mirrorless camera and a tripod will certainly help with some of the more advanced techniques in our courses.

Can I take the course on a tablet or phone?

Yes. Our courses are fully compatible with all tablet and mobile devices, including iPads, tablets and smartphones. We’re iOS and Android compatible too!

Do I need advanced computer skills?

Only very basic computer knowledge is required to complete any of our courses. If you can point and click a mouse, then you’re good to go!

All training materials are delivered via our online learning portal, which you get access to the moment you register.

Do I need to own Photoshop to take a course?

No. You do not need to purchase Photoshop or other image editing software to take some of courses.

But for studying our Photoshop, Composite, Portrait, Light Tricks and iPhotography courses it does really help to have a copy of Photoshop CC available.

The same goes for other courses and their relevant softwares (Lightroom, Affinity Photo and Luminar 4).

The ability to edit your images is an important part of modern photography and no photography course would be complete without covering this vital area.

During Modules 17 & 18 of the iPhotography Course, for example, you will receive extensive step-by-step training from our Photoshop expert on how to edit your images like a professional photographer.

This training is delivered to you through a series of online video tutorials.

Some of the principles detailed in the photo editing modules can be followed along using FREE image editing software such as Pixlr X or Photopea.

These programs have some of the key features (but not all) of Photoshop which may allow you to follow along to parts of the tutorial, but we cannot guarantee 100% compatibility. 

How do I access my course?

The minute you sign up, you’ll have access to the course inside iPhotography’s cutting-edge learning platform.

If you’ve ever taken an iPhotography course before then you’ll be able to access the course right alongside your other iPhotography courses, all from one sleek, simple and secure platform.

Plus, you’ll have access to a whole array of benefits including our hugely popular member feedback gallery, downloads and media library and much more!


Do I need to attend live classes?

No. All of our courses are entirely self-paced online learning. There are no ‘live’ classes to attend. One of the great benefits of e-learning is that you can study the course online, during times convenient to you.

How long do I get course access for?

iPhotography is one of the few online photography schools that gives you full, unrestricted LIFETIME access, along with FREE course updates for life.

We firmly believe that once you’ve paid for a course, it should be yours to keep! So, you’ll have the peace-of-mind assurance that you’ll always be able to refresh yourself on the latest photography techniques.

Best of all, we continually add new resources, tools and features to our learning platform, so this is an investment that increases in value the longer you are a student!

What are the points & badges for?

We’re glad you noticed! The points and badges you see are all part of our advanced learning incentive scheme.

You can earn points and badges for achievements such as completing course modules, passing tests, uploading images to the gallery and commenting on other members work, plus many more!

Points and badges may also be used in deciding our Photographer of the Year Awards!

Your camera’s features work, everything else falls into place very quickly and you’ll be taking stunning portraits and capturing beautiful memories in no time at all.

How am I graded?

For our certified courses only your overall passing grade is calculated as you move through the course and complete each module test. Your final score is an overall average grade of all module tests. Your final grade is printed on to your pass certificate if you have ordered one.

There are no time limits for completing individual modules and no time limits for taking the tests. 

You can view your course history and your current overall grade at any time during the course.

Are the courses relevant to my country?

iPhotography serves a worldwide community of over 110,000 people and is developed and managed by a team of international award-winning photographers and training experts. The information, principles, techniques and strategies taught within this course are universal and therefore completely relevant to aspiring photographers worldwide.

Currently, we have members taking iPhotography courses in 187 countries.

So, whether you’re from the UK, USA, Australia, South Africa or anywhere in-between, you’re in good hands and you’re guaranteed to meet other aspiring photographers from your area once you’re logged in and involved in our online community.

Our courses are no different and have been created by professional photographers who are at the cutting-edge of new techniques and new photographic technologies, as it emerges.

Updates to courses are carried out regularly so as to always be in line with changes to best practice and industry guidelines and requirements.

Are the courses updated?

Yes. Sadly, many online courses are rarely updated because course providers get busy creating new courses and neglect their existing ones.

iPhotography is an award-winning, accredited training company working with schools, colleges and international training institutes organisations so we have a real commitment to our clients and students to ensure that our courses are always kept up-to-date. Our business depends on it.

Updates to courses are carried out regularly so as to always be in line with changes to best practice, new techniques and technology, along with industry guidelines and requirements.

Is there an age limit to the courses?

Yes. Given the content of some of our courses modules, we recommend a minimum age of 13 for starters on our course. Our students ages vary significantly, from school/college students right up to senior citizens.

The courses content have been designed to accommodate anyone above the age of 13. 

Are there any course perks?

Yes, there’s loads! Once you join a selected iPhotography course you’ll also have access to the following;

  1. Beginner Feedback Gallery (upload upto 4 photos per 24 hours to show off your recent photos to other course members. Get comments, feedback, advice and ratings from photographers and tutors across the world).
  2. Media Library (with over 250 tutorial videos, critiques and webinars to watch)
  3. Download Library (packed with PDF cheat sheets, presets, actions and other great guides to read offline)
How do I get regular feedback and advice on my photos?

It’s simple – join iPhotography PLUS! Once you’ve become a course member you can upgrade your account to become a PLUS member.

iPhotography PLUS means you get…

  • Regular feedback on your gallery photos
  • Unlock our premium SkillTrack photography course
  • Access to our private Facebook group
  • Your photos featured in video critiques
  • Join in monthly photo competitions with prizes
  • Watch live webinars and exclusive talks from pro photographers
  • Upload upto 8 photos per day to the gallery

Discover why you should upgrade to iPhotography PLUS here.


How do I contact my Tutor?

Our team of experienced professional photographers are on standby to help you during your course, whether that’s to assess your assignments and provide you with personal online feedback, or to answer questions about the content.

Within the dashboard area, you’ll find your ‘Ask a Tutor’  button where you can submit your questions.

We also have a separate customer service team who can help with general support questions about your course registration, website issues and subscription questions.

Are any books or manuals sent to me?

No, all learning is carried out via our secure e-learn website, all the course content is online for you to access at any time 24hrs a day.

The great benefit of e-learning is that you can study at home in your own time and at your own pace. You can combine achieving professional standard training along with a qualification, in and around your job and family commitments.

It is this level of flexibility that makes our e-learning course the ideal choice for most people. All you need is a computer or hand-held device with internet access to take this course. Best of all, there are no time limits.

However, we do send out professionally printed photography certificates on course completion, which look incredible on the wall!

Can you tell me more about the certificate?

Everyone who completes an iPhotography course receives a free downloadable photography certificate which details the course and the modules you have completed.

Your certificate will also indicate a percentage grade to show how well you have completed the test questions. 

With our certified courses (iPhotography, Portrait, Light Tricks, Wildlife, Wedding, Landscape and Photoshop) you can also upgrade your free certificate to our premium printed version which is shipped to your door once you complete the course.

Are you approved by the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme as a Skills provider?

Yes! As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP), iPhotography has supported hundreds of DofE participants over the years in helping them attain photography skills that count towards the DofE ’skills activity’ section for Bronze, Silver and Gold award participants.

Once you have completed and iPhotography course, your tutor will provide you with a DofE-specific letter that confirms that you have completed the course, along with any relevant number of photography assignments.

Once you have obtained your letter and final CPD-approved pass certificate you can submit these to your Assessor which count towards your Award.

*Only selected courses are approved as part of the DofE Award scheme, some other courses currently will not qualify. Learn more.

What is LearnLock™ Technology?

LearnLock™ Technology has been scientifically developed by award-winning e-learn experts to ‘lock’ the course training in your cerebrum, which is the large, outer part of the brain that controls your reading, thinking, and learning.

Using a proprietary blend of expertly crafted content, stimulating imagery, subtle animation, colour psychology, smart interactions, lively simulations, fun gamification, and practical quizzes, LearnLock™ Technology enables a typical learner to absorb the course material quicker and easier than 98% of conventional online courses, which use basic text or video alone.

The result is not only a significantly more immersive, engaging and enjoyable learning experience but vastly enhanced retention and recall of key knowledge and skills.

Tell me more about the module tests?

We have developed an advanced self-assessment testing system designed to ensure an effective learning experience.

At the end of each module (in selected courses) there is one multiple choice test. Each test has a minimum passing score which you must achieve before you can move onto the next module in the course.

You can take each module test as many times as you like until you pass, at which point your passing results are recorded in our national database and contribute towards your final score.

Our testing system assesses your answers and calculates your score instantly. This means no more waiting days or weeks for an assessor to mark your results and get back to you, like other more outmoded courses.

During selected courses you will also have the option to submit assignments to your tutor. These assignments are not mandatory and do not contribute towards your final grade.

Instead, they have been designed to assist with your development as a photographer.

I was bought a gift voucher, how do I redeem it?

That’s great news, simple click the link below, enter your voucher details and create your iPhotography account to get started.

Redeem Your Voucher Here

If you are having any problems redeeming your voucher please email;

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