Special Event Photography Essentials

This certificate may lead to employment competency but does not lead to an Associate Degree.

This certificate provides students with the necessary skills to become a professional special event photographer. They will learn important needed skills from the understanding of how to manually operate a camera in a vast array of lighting situations, how to start and operate a photographic business, how to create a cohesive photographic style, professionally edit photographs, and create a photographic portfolio that is needed to enter the field of photography.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand how to create complete wedding and other event photographic packages for clients.
  • Create a cohesive photographic style that applies to the chosen form of special event or wedding photography.
  • Analyze the geographic photographic market to create a viable business plan that will be appropriate to attract clients in the chosen type of event or wedding photography.
  • Produce a wedding photography or event photography portfolio of work to attract clients and represent the skill level of photographic work.
Required Courses (12 units)  Units
PHO-15 Wedding and Event Photography 3
PHO-19 Color Correction and the Photographic Portfolio 3
PHO-20 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
PHO-67 Business Practices for Photographers 3