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Course Description

During the past five years, digital photography has grown by leaps and bounds. It is now considered so sophisticated that traditional film photography is fast becoming an artifact by many professional photographers.  In fact, 90% of wedding photographers are shooting digitally.


This course on Digital Wedding Photography will give you advice from experts, provide startegies for interviewing potential clients, review lighting techniques, help you make purchasing equipment decisions and suggest ways to manage and edit your images.  Additional topics of discussion include:


-     Photojournalism.

Photojournalism has, for a number of years, been the popular choice and has dominated the industry. And yet, today's photographers have no problem with posing an image, as long as the results look unposed and emotion filled. Today's photography is moving more toward fine-art imagery and like any artist, photographers throw the traditional rules aside and push their creativity.

-     Old Trends.

The popular saying "History repeats itself" is true as a recent development of formal posing techniques proves with the popularity and resurgence in group portraits. Traditionalists still stand by the tried and true because they evoke a period of elegance.

-     Current Trends.

Bridal magazines display the latest trends and poses that are as diverse as the wedding gowns worn by today's brides. Digital wedding photography is a passion revered by many, and while this course is intended to be a guide to the many aspects of wedding photography, individuality and self-expression is the key to the skilled professional.

-     Other topics.

Other topics will include the process of photo editing,  popular shots, the wedding photographers checklist,  marketing strategies, and much more.


Digital photography is here to stay and improving at record pace.  Professional photographers are reaping the advantages, and with the choice of both digital and traditional photography, the best of both worlds can be experienced.

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Course Lessons

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  • Lesson 1 - The Progression of Wedding Photography

    Even today, with digital photojournalism taking over the world of photography, traditional wedding photography is still being practiced. This first lesson will discuss how wedding photography has changed.
  • Lesson 2 - Learning the Craft of Digital Wedding Photography

    A wedding photographer cannot afford to wait until fall when the aspens are changing and the fall colors for a photographer's dream make a perfect background. Planning is crucial to a successful shoot. This lesson will discuss the skills that a Digital We
  • Lesson 3 - The Wedding Photographer's Approach

    You'll want to lean toward more candid shots for the engagement photos. No doubt, mom and dad will want a cheek to cheek pose for themselves. The key is to establish interaction, relieve stress and put the couple at ease.
  • Lesson 4 - Workroom and Essential Equipment

    It goes without saying digital photography has become popular among many photographers with different levels of experience. The advantages can range from better image resolution, control and an easier post-production process.
  • Lesson 5 - Camera style and Composition

    When it comes to exposure, the wedding day poses the greatest extremes – a white wedding gown and a black tuxedo being the ultimate.
  • Lesson 6 - Posing the Subject

    The colors and play of sunlight in the background shows the photographer knows his/her stuff. It certainly looks like he/she gave understandable directions to the subject.
  • Lesson 7 - Group Portraits

    Many of the group photos are a disappointment mainly to the photographer and frequently to those in the group. Did you notice that the photographer included his open kit in the shot?
  • Lesson 8 - All About Lighting

    The key to understanding the correct indoor lighting and creating this in your photographs is to comprehend the single light concept.
  • Lesson 9 - Preparation and Planning

    To avoid wedding mishaps, a stress-free wedding starts with preparation. Success depends on how well the photographer and clients prepare for the shoot.
  • Lesson 10 - The Wedding Day

    Planning wedding photo shots is almost as important as planning the wedding, as the pictures will be a helpful reminder of that special day
  • Lesson 11 - The Wedding Reception

    This lesson will discuss many of the photographs and photography tips that take place during the wedding reception.
  • Lesson 12 - How to Make Your Wedding Subjects Look Great

    Tips on how to make the bride shine, images of the wedding attire, the rings, and other wedding ritual shots are discussed in this lesson.
  • Lesson 13 - The Wedding Photographer's Checklist

    This lesson will discuss the wedding photography checklist as well as other preparation tools.
  • Lesson 14 - Managing the Computer and Digital Camera

    This lesson will discuss what wedding photographers must do after the pictures are taken and on your digital camera.
  • Lesson 15 - Wedding Photography Package Ideas

    Wedding Albums are almost a thing of the past. This lesson will discuss the emerging trend.
  • Lesson 16 - More Details on the Editing Process

    Graphics editing programs can be expensive and difficult to use. This lesson will go over how you can try out some of the editing programs already available with your computer.
  • Lesson 17 - Designing the Wedding Album

    What makes album designing unique is to turn it into a creative design, which means no templates. This takes more time, but nevertheless this is an important service a wedding photographer should be able to provide.
  • Lesson 18 - Marketing Your Studio and Products

    Before any business, including a photography business, can produce product, there must be the knowledge of whether there's a market for that product and how profitable it might be.

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Course Title: Digital Wedding Photography 101
Course Number: 7550549
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the progression of wedding photography.
  • Describe learning the craft of digital wedding photography.
  • Describe the wedding photographer's approach.
  • Identify workroom and essential equipment.
  • Summarize camera style and composition.
  • Demonstrate posing the subject.
  • Describe group portraits.
  • Describe lighting techniques when doing digital wedding photography.
  • Summarize preparation and planning.
  • Describe the wedding day and what to expect as a wedding photographer.
  • Summarize the wedding reception and what to expect as a wedding photographer.
  • Summarize techniques on how to make your wedding subjects look great.
  • Define the wedding photographer's checklist.
  • Describe managing the computer and digital camera.
  • Identify wedding photography package ideas.
  • Demonstrate designing the wedding album.
  • Summarize marketing your studio and products for future wedding photographer clients, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 1 - The Progression of Wedditing PhotographyExam5
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 2 - Learning the Craft of Digital Wedding PhotographyExam8
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3 - The Wedding Photographers ApproachExam9
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 4 - Workroom and Essential EquipmentExam6
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 5 - Camera style and CompositionExam9
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 6 - Posing the SubjectExam9
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7 - Group PortraitsExam7
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8 - All About LightingExam8
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9 - Preparation and PlanningExam9
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10 - The Wedding DayExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Chapter 11 - The Wedding ReceptionExam8
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 12 - Changing Your Subjects to ShineExam8
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 13 - One Size Doesn't Fit AllExam9
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 14 - Managing the Computer and Digital CameraExam10
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 15 - Tying Up Loose EndsExam8
Lesson 16 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 16 - Let the Images FlowExam9
Lesson 17 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 17 - Designing the Wedding AlbumExam9
Lesson 18 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 18 - Marketing Your Studio and ProductsExam9
The Final ExamExam79
Total Points:684

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