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Digital Photography Certificate

Studio Photography & Photo Editing Classes in NYC

Learn to Use a Camera for Professional Studio Photography, Manage Photos, & High-End Retouching

This photography certificate provides hands-on, practical instruction to learn the skills and techniques for taking high-quality professional photographs, as well as post-production and photo manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Learn the skills to develop images that are compelling, consistent, and modern as well as the ability to enhance, correct, edit, and adjust photos, and create special effects. The certificate consists of the following components: 

  • Digital Studio Photography: Learn to use digital cameras in manual mode (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc). You’ll learn how to achieve a correct exposure in various lighting situations.
  • Studio Lighting: Work with a variety of studio lighting scenarios. Practice with 1, 2, and 3-light setups using professional studio equipment and real-world photo shoot situations.
  • Photo Management with Adobe Lightroom: Learn to import, manage, develop, add adjustments, effects, and manage image history/snapshots as you work. You’ll also export photos and save presets so you can work faster.
  • Retouch images with Adobe Photoshop: Learn professional workflows with Photoshop. Retouch images for fashion (work with skin, hair, etc.), create special effects, make a photomontage, and more.


  • If you have an interchangeable lens camera (Mirrorless or DSLR) bring it to class so you can learn how to use it. If you don’t own a camera, we’ll have one camera to share between students.
  • In class we’ll have lights, strobes/flash, and a color calibration system for you to learn with.

This course is a great fit for all photography enthusiasts, from beginners to those with knowledge in working with cameras.

  • Small Classes
  • Computer Provided
  • Top Instructors
  • Free Retake
photography studio set up with strobe lighting and backdrop

Learn studio lighting techniques & how to use strobes.

examples of street portraits

Learn to use a flash for street portraits & more.

photography studio set up with strobe lighting and backdrop

Learn to build a home photo studio.

a photomonage with the original images that were used to create it

Combine images to build a complex photomontage.

multiple images put together into one cohesive final graphic

Class Project: Combine multiple photos into this imaginative composite.

original photo and final retouched image with new elements added

Class Project: After learning to take photos in a studio environment, develop photos, and turn them into a final graphic.

final composite of model showing original photos that were put together using Photoshop

Class Project: Make this futuristic composite using Adobe Photoshop.

Master Digital Photography & Photo Retouching

Use your camera's manual settings and professional lighting equipment to control exposure, aperture, and ISO to take remarkable photographs. Improve, and enhance your photos with Photoshop, and organize your collection with Lightroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to bring anything to class, such as camera?

    • Bring an interchangeable lens camera (Mirrorless or DSLR) if you have one.
    • If you don’t own a camera, we’ll have one camera to share between students.
  • What equipment will you have for students to use during class?

    • We’ll have lights, strobes/flash, and a color calibration system.
    • If you don’t own a camera, we’ll have one camera to share between students. (So bring your own camera if you have one.)
    • We have Macs and PCs with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to use when learning the software.
  • Are there prerequisites for this certificate program?

    No. Prior experience is not required for this certificate program. Students only need to be comfortable with using a computer.

  • Do you offer discounts or a payment plan for this course?

    • 10% Alumni Discount: Get 10% off this course if you’ve previously taken any 12+ hour course.
    • $100 Individuals Discount: Take $100 off this course if you’re an individual paying for yourself (you’re not being reimbursed by a company).

    Discounts are applied at checkout (no promo code required) and will be verified after you place your order. Discounts are subject to change. Read our discount policies for more details.

    Payment Plan

    This program is eligible for our payment plan. Select “payment plan” at checkout to enroll. A valid credit card must be on file for the duration of the program.

    • At checkout, you will only be charged a $250 non-refundable deposit which will be credited towards the last class in the program.
    • One week before the start date of each class in the program, you will be charged for that upcoming class.
    • You may be charged immediately for the first class if you sign up less than one week before the start date.
    • The total payments (including the $250 deposit) will equal the price of the program. There is no interest or additional fees.
    • Read our Payment Plan FAQ for more details.
  • Can I take this course online (remote learning)?

    Sorry, but this training is not available online.

Learn the Skills to Create Remarkable Studio Photographs

Capture stunning photos and learn how to run a photography studio from an experienced educator and master photographer! You’ll learn to maximize your studio workflow for photo shoots and post-shoot production.

Learn Lightroom & Photoshop through Hands-On Exercises

Learn to organize, edit, and share your digital photos with Adobe Lightroom, and retouch photos with Adobe Photoshop: improve your images using color correction, masking techniques, contrast, and more.