6 Schools and Organizations That Offer Photography Classes in the Metro
Taking pictures is now easier with the advent of smartphones equipped with high-quality cameras and affordable DSLRs. However, one needs to know the basics of photography, to actually take good and meaningful photos.
Well, if you are looking to step up your Instagram game, get a new hobby, or possibly create a business out of taking and processing photos, you can learn the fundamentals and hone your skills by enrolling in photography classes in the following schools and organizations:
Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI)
Diploma in Photography
The Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI) has been the leader in providing seminars and workshops for digital creatives, developers, and photographers for almost two decades.
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Their Diploma Program in Photography covers from fundamentals to advanced and technical practices in professional photography. Hands-on exercises are conducted after a lecture to ensure that students can apply what they learned in practice.
There are eight different tracks included in the program:
- Photography Essentials
- Fashion & Portrait Photography
- Advertising Photography
- Editorial Photography
- Wedding Photography
- Image Editing and Management
- General Tracks
- TESDA Assessment (Photography NC II)
By the end of the program, students are required to produce a printed portfolio as a final project.
Fee: Php 95,000 (Includes materials, lunch, and snacks)
Address: 2247 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF)
Learn directly through the veterans of the industry by enrolling in one (or more!) of Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF)’s photography workshops. Whether you are a serious hobbyist, a professional photographer, or a prospective studio owner, there is a workshop for you.
The following are the workshops they are offering with the rates:
- Comprehensive Digital Photography Weekends (P5,000)
- Comprehensive Digital Photography Weekdays (P5,000)
- Lighting Essentials (P3,500)
- Wedding Photography (P3,500)
- DSLR Videography (P3,500)
- Strobist Lighting (P2,500)
- Lightroom (2,500)
- Photoshop for Photographers (P2,500)
- Cruise Ship Photography (P2,500)
- Kiddie Photography (P3,500)
Address: Room 302A FEMII Bldg. A. Soriano cor. Cabildo Sts., Intramuros, Manila
Contact: 02-524-7576, 02-528-0371, and 0916-799-7000
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Bachelor of Arts in Photography
If you wish to take up photography for college, look no further than the first and the best.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s photography program is the first degree course in photography in the country. Through the years, they have kept up with global communication standards, technology, and design by having leading practitioners in the industry train the students.
By the end of the nine-trimester program, students must possess an intuitive mastery of light, a deep grounding in technique, and a genuine connection with the subject, which they will need to succeed in the industry as photographers, photojournalists, and photography instructors, among others.
To know about the courses included in the program, click here.
Address: School of Design and Arts Campus, 2544 Taft Ave, Malate Manila
Contact: 02-230-5100 local 1801 to 1803
First Academy of Computer Arts
Basic and Advanced Digital Photography Classes
For beginners who are looking to start learning the basics in photography, the First Academy of Computer Arts has the perfect workshop for you. All you need is a camera and the drive to learn.
Their Junior Digital Photography workshop accepts enrollees from as young as 10 years old. The main objective of the workshop is for the students to have basic knowledge of operating a camera.
Address: 2F Saville Bldg., 8728 Paseo De Roxas cor Buendia, Makati City.
Contact: 02-898-2724 to 26
The Photography Institute
Online Professional Photography Course
If you’re one of those who want to learn photography (but is always busy), then enrolling in an online course to learn in your own time, pace, and space is just right.
The Photography Institute offers a comprehensive online course in photography to those who are not able to physically attend classes due to time or geographical constraints.
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With the collaboration of some of the best working photographers in the field, they have designed a course composed of 12 modules and 12 interactive assignments that have to be finished in 24 weeks up to 12 months.
Here is the list of modules included in the course:
- Module 1 – Camera and Lenses
- Module 2 – Shutters, Aperture and Their Relationships
- Module 3 – Exposure & Metering
- Module 4 – The Film and Digital Process
- Modele 5 – Light and Color
- Module 6 – Lighting
- Module 7 – Refining the Image Process
- Module 8 – Equipment and Software
- Module 9 – Retouching, Resolution, and Printing
- Module 10 – Photography Business and Studio Essentials
- Module 11 – How to Construct a Professional Portfolio
- Module 12 – Photo Agents – Picture Agencies – How to Get Work and Keep It
Still reluctant to enroll? The Photography Institute provides you with your personal tutor and a 24/7 support service for when you need assistance.
There is also a Facebook group exclusive for students of the course, where you can interact and share insights. Just in case you are not satisfied or you changed your mind, they also have money back guarantee for seven days.
Fee: Php 29,999
- Php 27,499 – Full payment, save Php 2,500
- Php 4,999.83 – Monthly
- Php 1,249.96 – Weekly
Address: 12/F, Times Plaza Building, United Nations Avenue corner Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
What are you waiting for? Take out your phone or invest in a good camera and enroll now!
Images grabbed from FPPF, finduniversity.ph, and First Academy of Computer Arts