Commercial Photography Technology

  •   Commercial Photography
    Length 1,650 Hours
    Admissions Contact Nancy Randolph -
    Course Information M. Landes - 727-893-2500 ext. 2582
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    Mission: To provide the education and experience for an exciting career in professional digital photography.

    Commercial Photography Technology consists of two programs: Commercial Photography Technology 1 – K610100 (700 hours) and Commercial Photography Technology 2 – K610200 (950 hours).

    Students must complete Commercial Photography 1 or demonstrate mastery of the program outcomes prior to enrollment in Commercial Photography 2.

    These programs consist of a planned sequence of courses.

    Commercial Photography Technology 1

    Photographic Imaging Specialist, 1 of 2 – Course PGY0180 (250 hours) – Includes training in the areas of operation of cameras, using Windows Explorer and Adobe Photoshop, the camera’s creative controls, and determining available light exposure.

    Photographic Imaging Specialist, 2 of 2 – Course PGY0181 (250 hours) Includes training in the areas of composing the subject, compositional leading lines, using portable flash, developing photographic rates, and marketing and advertising your work.

    Photography Specialist/Lab Technician – Course PGY0182 (200 hours) – Content includes training in the following areas: Adobe Photoshop, making prints, scanning images, and outputting digital images.

    Commercial Photography Technology 2

    Portrait Photographer, 1 of 2 – Course PGY0183 (250 hours) – Content includes training in basic portrait lighting, lenses and their effects, creating low and high key portraits, and posing men, women, children and pets.

    Portrait Photographer, 2 of 2 – Course PGY0184 (250 hours) – Content includes training in photographing business portraits, groups, couples, model composites, window light portraiture, and environmental portraiture.

    Commercial Photographer – Course PGY0185 (450 hours) – Includes training in computer tethered digital cameras, commercial lighting, multimedia presentations, table top product photography, architectural, and product photography and preparing a business plan.

    Distance Education: PTC offers the Commercial Photography program in a traditional classroom or Hybrid format.  Prospective students should have proficient computer skills to enroll in the Hybrid program. For additional information go to the 'Online Programs and Courses' page.

    Articulation Agreement(s): St. Petersburg College Photographic Technology, A.S. Degree

    Industry Certification(s): Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

    Related Links

    Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association -
    Florida Professional Photographers -

    Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement:  70%

    Minimum Attendance Requirement:  70%

    Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements:  Student's competency in reading, math, and language is pre-assessed using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Required basic skills grade levels are:Reading-9, Math-9, and Language-9.

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