Our Online Photography Courses FAQ’s

What’s the difference between ‘Stream and Download’ and ‘Stream Only’?
Stream Only
The Stream Only option is a one-off payment that allows you to watch the videos as many times as you want for a period of 6 months.
Stream and Download
This option gives you 12/24 or 30 months access to watch the videos online and allows you to download them to keep forever.

What’s the cost in my own currency?
The courses are priced in British Pounds and US Dollars. On checkout it will show the cost in British Pounds and will be converted into your currency when purchased. To get an accurate cost in your own currency click here to use a Currency Converter. NB. US dollars quoted are as close as possible and updated on a monthly basis.

What devices will play my course?
You can watch the course on any device that can play videos. This includes smartphones, tablets, PC’s and Mac’s.

Can I watch my course offline?
Yes! – The course can be streamed or downloaded when you purchase the ‘Watch Online and Download’ option.

What equipment do I need?
Any of the following cameras: DSLR, Mirrorless, CSC or a good quality bridge camera and a tripod.
Specific equipment needed for courses will be highlighted on the course page.

Do I need any photography experience to take this course?
No, our courses are designed for beginners, keen enthusiast and people looking to make photography their career. It’s structured to enable you to learn one step at a time, in manageable bite size chunks which build your photography knowledge so you to become a very competent photographer.

Do I have to watch all the lessons in order of the curriculum outline?
We recommend you take the course one lesson at a time in the order they are presented in. Years of research has gone into proving that this structure works. However, if you feel you are confident in certain parts of the course you can move forward and back as you wish.

Can I watch lessons more than once?
Yes, you have full access to your course for 6 months. Watch them once or one hundred times, it’s up to you! You can also download the course and watch it forever!

How long will it take me to complete the course?
This really depends on the amount of time you can commit to it. There are practical tasks to complete in most of the lesson which help you retain the knowledge taught. This obviously requires you to commit some time to complete them.
As a basis, we suggest the following:
If you have no commitments then 1 month should be fine. 
If you are taking the course alongside a normal job, then 6 months should be fine.

What does the course involve?
The course is made up of a series of video lessons with accompanying PDF and assessment material. Each lesson explains, in depth, a certain part of photography and puts this knowledge into practice in a practical task. This knowledge is then applied by you in set tasks making it perfect for people who like to get hands on and learn better, whilst putting things into practice.
It’s structured to enable you to learn in manageable bite size chunks one step at a time. The structure of learning comes from over 15 years of tried and tested photography teaching techniques that are proven to get results.

Can I contact you if I need to?
Yes, if you have any technical problems you can contact us here.

Is the course kept up-to-date?
Yes, technology in the photography world can change pretty fast and the good news is, you don’t have to do anything to get these updates. The beauty of this course is that as resources and videos are updated they just appear in your course, simple!

Is this course relevant to my country?
Yes, the craft of photography is the same across the world. This is because you are essentially learning the science of capturing light! So, whether you’re in the UK, Australia, India, America or anywhere, this course will work for you.

Will I gain a Qualification or Diploma?
You will receive a certificate from The School of Photography, but this won’t be a specific qualification or diploma. It may surprise you to find out that there are no online photography courses that can give you an accredited qualification. Be very wary of any company offering you a ‘Diploma’ or ‘Qualification’ as they will likely be worthless in the real world. Only a University, College or School which is overseen by a government body can offer an ‘accredited’ qualification or diploma. We don’t market ourselves like this as we feel it’s wrong to mislead our customers.
Remember this - Your success in photography is built on the back of your portfolio. If you take great photos that people want to look at, they will buy your services, the qualifications you have becomes irrelevant next to a brilliant portfolio!

How do I access the course?
When you sign up you will go straight into your student area and emailed a link to this for future reference. You can also go to online.theschoolofphotography.com and sign in at the top of the page to go to your student area. We recommend you bookmark this address for ease of access.

How does the Money Back Guarantee work?
Getting practical and hands on is needed when learning any aspect of photography. Please remember to complete the course and each task accurately.
For obvious reasons, the Moneyback Guarantee is void if you download the content in the course then request a refund. You can easily view the content on screen without downloading it first if you wish.
The money back guarantee is on the basis that you have completed the tasks outlined in the course and have not learnt anything from them. To prove you have completed the tasks we may ask you for digital files and explanations on how they were created. The pictures must contain all its metadata and this must not have been tampered with in anyway. If we find you have made mistakes when completing the tasks, we may ask you to complete the tasks again accurately before offering any refund.
To claim a refund please email office@theschoolofphotography.com and we will inform you of what you need to do.

I've forgotten my login details.

I have forgotten my log in details?
No problem. Go to https://online.theschoolofphotography.com/users/sign_in. You need to log in with the email you used to sign onto the course. If you have forgotten your password then click Forgot Password and follow the instructions.