FAQ

We receive hundreds of course enquiries every day from people who are excited about enrolling onto the web’s most popular online photography course!

 

Do I need any special equipment to take these courses?

No. Of course, we assume that you at least own a camera, but other than this you do not need any special equipment to take the course.

However, please keep in mind that if you’re serious and really want to get the most out of your training modules, it would be ideal if you own a DSLR or Mirrorless camera and a tripod. While it is certainly possible to follow along with more basic equipment, you may find it frustrating at times when you want to practise some of the more advanced techniques in the course.

Do I need any experience before starting the iPhotography Course?

No, you don’t need any experience. Our entry-level iPhotography 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 take the course on a Tablet or Phone?

Yes! The course is fully compatible with all tablet and mobile devices, including iPads and iPhones. 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 okay! All training materials are delivered via our online learning portal, which you get access to the moment you register.

Do I need to attend live classes?

No. Our courses are entirely e-learning, which means that all modules, tests, assignments and resources are delivered to you online through our secure e-learning portal. There are no physical 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 very few online photography platforms which generously gives you full, unrestricted LIFETIME access, along with FREE updates, to any course you join.

Once enrolled you get the peace-of-mind assurance that you’ll always be able to refresh yourself on the latest photography techniques without ever having to pay again or having to remember to log in every 12-months to stay enrolled.

Best of all, we are continually adding updates, new resources, tools and features to the course, so this is actually an investment that grows in value the longer you are a member!

What are the points for?

We’re glad you noticed! The points you see under your name on the iPhotography dashboard page are all part of our amazing learning incentive scheme. You can earn points for tasks such as completing course modules, passing tests, uploading images to the gallery and commenting on other members work, plus many more!

Your points will accumulate through a calendar year and in December they are taken into consideration when we announce our iPhotography Annual Awards where members who have displayed consistent loyalty and dedication to the course are given our Community Spirit award. The course participation means more points!

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.

There are no time limits for completing individual modules and no time limits for taking the tests. However, once you decide to start a test it must be completed in one go. You cannot stop a test midway through and return to it later, like you can with the course content.

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

 

How do I contact my Tutor?

Our team of experienced professional photographers are on standby to help you during the 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 tutor contact button on the FAQ page.

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

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.

Are the courses updated?

Sadly, many online courses are rarely updated because course providers get busy creating new courses and neglect their existing ones. On the other hand, we’re an accredited training company with a passion for photography, serving people all over the world!

We also work with schools, colleges and international training institutes organisations and have a very real commitment to our clients and members to ensure that our courses are always up-to-date. Our business depends on it.

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 relevant to my country?

iPhotography™ serves a worldwide community of over 100,000 members 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 more than 56 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.

Can you tell me more about the qualification I can gain?

accredited photography courseYou’ll be pleased to know that iPhotography in conjunction with its parent company, Digital Sea Ltd, was the first online photography course to be awarded with exemplary accreditation by CPD (Continuing Professional Development) based on the quality and standards of training we deliver.

The CPD Certification Service provides a formal, independent certification of organisations, materials and development activities. These are the kinds of certificates that are sought out by teachers, doctors and other professionals to further their career and credentials.

As a member of iPhotography, this gives you the peace-of-mind assurance that our company, team and infrastructure have undergone rigorous quality assurance inspections and have met stringent guidelines, financial audits and background checks to ensure that our company and the photography training courses we deliver meet the highest standards. It also enables us to provide our students with a CPD accredited Certificate of Achievement on successful completion of any of our courses. This is also one of the many reasons why we are the number one trusted photography training partner of schools, colleges and training institutions worldwide!

Digital Sea Ltd is the parent company of iPhotography and is a Registered Training Provider, member of ABCC and an internationally accredited training organisation. Find out more here >>

Can you tell me more about the certificate?

Everyone who completes an iPhotography course receives an attractive pass certificate which details all of the modules you have completed.

Your certificate will indicate a percentage grade to show how well you have completed the test questions. It is important for you to take your time to complete each module to ensure you answer as many questions as possible accurately.

You will receive a PDF version of your certificate which you can download immediately on completing the final module in the course.

Photography™ is also a top certification provider on LinkedIn. The moment you’ve passed the course you’ll be able to add your iPhotography certification to your LinkedIn profile, with one-click right from your member account.

Can you tell me more about the certificate?

Everyone who completes an iPhotography course receives an attractive pass certificate which details all of the modules you have completed.

Your certificate will indicate a percentage grade to show how well you have completed the test questions. It is important for you to take your time to complete each module to ensure you answer as many questions as possible accurately.

You will receive a PDF version of your certificate which you can download immediately on completing the final module in the course.

Photography™ is also a top certification provider on LinkedIn. The moment you’ve passed the course you’ll be able to add your iPhotography certification to your LinkedIn profile, with one-click right from your member account.

Is there an age limit to the courses?

Yes. Given the complex content of some of our courses modules, we recommend a minimum age of 13 for starters on our course. Our students varies significantly, from school/college students right up to senior citizens. The course content has been designed to accommodate anyone of anyone above the age of 13. 

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

As a Licensed Organisation, iPhotography has supported hundreds of DofE participants over the years in helping them attain photography skills that count towards the DofE ’skills activity’ section.

Once you have completed 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 the iPhotography Course is approved as part of the DofE Award scheme, other iPhotography courses currently will not qualify.

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 effortlessly absorb the course material incomparably 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 modules?

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 self-assessment 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.

Do I need to own Photoshop to take any courses?

No. You do not need to purchase Photoshop or other image editing software, but for studying our Photoshop, Portrait, Light Tricks and iPhotography courses it does really help!

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 many of the key features of Photoshop and are more than sufficient for this part of the course.

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