“It's a really good course and well worth the money. The tutors are all professional photographers with loads of experience.”
Linda, Cheshire, United Kingdom
The course covers so much about photography - not just the technicalities but also the business side of going freelance.
Jacqueline, Notts, United Kingdom
“It's interesting, flexible and you get a qualification at the end.”
Lisa, West Yorkshire, UK
Anyone interested in taking a photography course online should definitely consider this one as I think it is one of the best if not actually the best online photography course out there.
Dragos, Haverhill, Suffolk, UK
“Get stuck in! I've only just covered about one quarter of the course so far, and already my confidence and abilities are improving almost on a daily basis.”
Kian, Co. Antrim, UK
Professional Photography course brochure

Endorsed Diploma in Professional Photography

One of the best photography courses you can buy

Learn how to be a Professional Photographer

If you want to take a photography course and become a pro, you’ve come to the best place.

Why? Because we teach you how to earn money from your camera.

There’s a big demand for professional quality photos.

Couples continue to get married, and their wedding photos are among their most treasured possessions.

Parents want photos of their children. Schools need team photos. And companies always want photos for brochures and press releases.

Your local newspaper wants photos. And so do the picture agencies.

Have you thought about selling your work for calendars or postcards? Or approaching advertising agencies? The list is endless.

Click here to register now.

Level 4 Diploma

On successfully completing this course, you will receive two Certificates.

The first is a Diploma from the Blackford Centre.

The second is a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards, our Ofqual-regulated Accreditation Body. Read more...

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But how do you set yourself up as a freelance?

That's one of the many secrets we teach.

Many photography courses promise to show you how to become a better photographer. But far fewer train you to become a pro.

There's a reason for that. Not many people understand the nuts and bolts of the freelance business. The records you keep. How you look for work. How to get paid. And what to charge.

Having a client commission your first assignment is a real thrill. It's surpassed only by the pleasure of receiving a cheque. Imagine getting paid for doing what you enjoy! Photography courses show you the way.

Photography can be your main work. Or it can provide a second income. You can work from home, either part or full time, and you get to meet interesting people. Every day is different.

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About the photography course

The photography course shows you how to become a professional photographer. It gives you the right information when you need it.

The Diploma course is a complete learning package. 'Become a freelance photographer' is crammed full of information, tips and exercises. Everything is beautifully packaged to provide you with your own permanent reference library which you can consult long after completing the photography course.

Constructed by expert photographers, the course distils years of experience, covering all the main kinds of assignments. By taking this photography course, your success as a photographer is assured.


Click Play above to watch a short video about the course.


Student Success Story

"I have received some great news. I have been shortlisted in the BT Spirit of the Olympics award at the Picture Editors Guild Awards 2012 and been invited to the award ceremony. "

- Ian Stevens, Diploma in Professional Photography student

Student Success Story

“I just wanted to let you know that the Met Police have published two of my pictures I took for my business assignment last year! They have used them for a booklet they published about drugs control. Totally cool!

The DI that I was with that day sent it to me with a letter saying I can use them as a reference. The course helped me do that and I am very grateful.”

- Isabelle Kok, Diploma in Professional Photography student

Student Success Story

“I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that yesterday I received an email to say that one of my photographs was chosen to be displayed on an online Royal Virtual Gallery all this week on the website Body of Art. My work 'Romantic Castle' (Leeds Castle) was chosen along with 20 other artists to show my work from many and feel very proud and its the first time my work has been recognised, so I am extremely chuffed and wanted to thank you for the continued support.

I emailed my tutor yesterday in excitement and received more happy news, I received my grade back on an assignment and gained an A!

- Marie Naomi Seddon, Diploma in Professional Photography student


Personal to you

To help you fully understand the course material, we'll set you assignments. They'll be assessed by one of our experienced tutors. It means your photographs can be checked in a friendly atmosphere before you're exposed to the outside world.

You'll have unlimited access to your personal tutor, who'll give you free advice and suggestions on anything to do with photography, including your own clients. Plus, you can take as long as you want to complete the photography course.

Unlike many photography courses, our course is based on the real world. By the end of it, you'll have met all the main problems that a photographer encounters. So you won't face any surprises when you meet your first client.


What does the photography course cost?

The course cost is shown in the registration page. It includes all your course materials, and all your tutoring. There are no hidden extras.

Blackford Centre learner Darran Buckley won the 'Wild Scotland' photo contest with this out-standing picture of a cormorant. We can teach you to succeed, too.


How long does the Diploma course take?

Many students take nine months to complete the Diploma course. If you're busy, it could take you eighteen months. If you have spare time and you're prepared to work hard, you could complete the course in three months. But unlike other organisations, we set no time limit. You can take as long as you want. You study at your pace, not ours.


We offer not one but two guarantees

1. Examine the course at your leisure for 60 days. And if you for any reason it doesn't meet your needs, just let us know and we'll refund your fees. No questions asked. Conditions applyWe offer a 30 day money back guarantee

2. If, 90 days after completing the course, you haven't recouped the cost of the fees through working as a professional photographer, we'll refund your course fees. Conditions apply

Why do we offer this? Simple. We don't want unhappy former students. We'd rather stay friends. And it stands to reason that no photography course can suit absolutely everyone who registers on it.


Bonus 1. Fully-customisable Marketing and Stationery Kit (value £275).

Marketing and Stationery Kit

This ten-piece kit gives you ready-made advertisements, posters, leaflets and even your business stationery. Just add your own contact details, and print them. Click here for details of the kit.


Bonus 2. Get this 'Interview with a Professional Photographer' DVD free when you enrol

This DVD offers a unique insight into the work of a professional photographer, and it’s yours, free of charge, when you register on the Diploma in Professional Photography course.

The DVD features an interview with a pro photographer who's been in the business 30 years – so he knows what works and what doesn’t.

He’s been through boom and recession years, so he has a huge amount of experience. And you can get that information directly by watching the interview.

To read more about this free DVD, click here.


Bonus 3. Read our Diary of a Professional Photographer (value £35)

Follow the highs and lows of a professional photographer's life, as our freelance photographer reports each week on her experiences in the field. You'll get insights into her day, and learn from her successes and failures. The Diary is available exclusively to our learners.


Bonus 4. Free mentoring when you complete the course (value £365)

Once you complete the course, we’ll give you three months’ free business mentoring.

You’ll have a personal mentor who'll help you set up your own business (if that's your choice).

For three months after getting your Diploma you'll get one-to-one advice and support from an active practitioner.

So if you're unsure on how to launch your own business, this mentoring programme will put you on the road to success.Photography Course

And because it's all part of the Blackford Centre's course, it won't cost you a penny.


Bonus 5. You get a free copy of Business Blueprints (value £17)

This 47 page book contains complete step-by-step checklists for starting a successful business.

Click here to learn more about Business Blueprints.


Bonus 6. Roadmap (Value £14)

Our Roadmap shows you step-by-step what you have to do to become a photographer.

It is not available anywhere else.

"It made everything clear and simple."


Bonus 7. 'Making Money from Baby Photography' (Value £17)

Baby and infant photography is big business. No one is more keen on having photos than the new mum and dad. Our downloadable report is a complete guide to earning money from baby and infant photography, including designing the right photo package, finding clients, and shooting photos that parents will love. It also contains a wealth of links and resources.



Photography AssessmentCompetitions. Prizes!

We hold regular free competitions for our students. You can win prizes, plus a Certificate for your walls and a boost for your CV.


Student Success Story

"Since working on the course – I have now switched completely to manual settings and focus, and have a much better understanding of composition.

Recently I took the official portrait for this year's Lord Mayor. It involved a test run, to check lighting and settings, then the proper formal shoot, with studio lights, tripod and arranging the composition of the shot with various artifacts.

The end result was very well received by the Lord Mayor, and I was very pleased with my photos – especially as portrait photography is something I consider to be a weaker area of mine. My final picture was printed on di-bond high gloss board and now sits in an official frame in the Lord Mayor's parlour."

- Richard Perrin, Diploma in Professional Photography student

Student Success Story

"Since starting the course I have set up a website which sells landscape photographs. Some of which were originally taken for the travel/tourism assignment.

I have also been given an opportunity to exhibit some of my woodland photographs at a local gallery for a two month exhibition entitled Seedling... Looking forward to the opening night this Friday."

- Neil Fawcett, Diploma in Professional Photography student


Your qualification

Photography Course Diploma Students who satisfactorily complete the course are awarded the Diploma in Professional Photography. They receive the certificate that you can see on the right.


When you complete the course

Once you complete the photography course, we send information about your success to your local newspapers (if you want). It's a good way of telling potential clients that you're available. You can also add your name to our Register of Approved Freelance Photographers.


It's time to get started

Having read this far, you've got what it takes - motivation. Fill out the enrolment form now, because this is where the adventure and rewards begin. It's easy to start:

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  1. Register now for the photography course by clicking here. If you need help or information, contact the Blackford Centre. E-mail or post the form and payment to us.

  2. We'll ship the course materials to you within two days.

  3. When you get the course, read the first module. It's laid out in an easy-to-follow format. Then do the simple first assignment. Send it to your tutor for marking. She will return it to you with friendly advice and comments.

  4. Do the same for the other modules, until you reach the end of the photography course. By then, you'll be earning good money as a photographer.

Click here to enrol on the Diploma in Professional Photography