Frequently Asked Questions – Online Classes

Is Digital Photography 1 just a new name for Prizewinning Photography 1?

No. While Digital Photography 1 and Prizewinning Photography 1 are both foundation-level photography classes, Digital Photography 1 represents a fundamental shift in our approach to understanding lighting and exposure, and includes computer skills and digital workflow right from the first day. Students who have previously taken Prizewinning Photography 1 will find that approximately 50% of the Digital Photography 1 curriculum was not previously contained in Prizewinning Photography 1. We are pleased to offer a 50% discount to all Prizewinning Photography 1 graduates who wish to take a Digital Photography 1 class in 2013.

Our complete Digital Photography 1 syllabus is available online. We encourage you to carefully review our curriculum before signing up for a class.

Is Digital Photography 2 just a new name for Prizewinning Photography 2?

No. Digital Photography 2 is the second of three classes that are designed to be taken in sequence to advance a photographer from no prior experience to complete mastery of general photographic principles. While many of the topics are similar, our curriculum has been fundamentally changed to help photographers better understand why things work the way they do, not simply push buttons to get good results. We estimate that 40% of our Digital Photography 2 content was not previously contained in Prizewinning Photography 2. We are pleased to offer a 50% discount to all Prizewinning Photography 2 graduates who wish to take a Digital Photography 2 class in 2013.

Our complete Digital Photography 2 syllabus is available online. We encourage you to carefully review our curriculum before signing up for a class.

How much do the classes cost?

Each of our online curricula is available in four versions. Pricing is based on the version of the class you wish to take.

  • Full Version – $475
  • Audit Version – $425
  • Correspondence Version – $375
  • Solo Version – $250

We generally offer early registration discounts for the Full and Audit versions of our online classes.

Digital Photography alumni students will receive a 50% discount for any class that they would like to repeat. This discount may not be combined with any other offers.

IPS is pleased to offer financing through Paypal. Simply select the “Bill Me Later” option when you check out! Click here for a screen shot of the Bill Me Later option.

What are the age requirements for Digital Photography Online classes?

We do not have a minimum age limit for our online classes, however, our classes are college-level and students will be graded accordingly.

What computer skills do I need for this class?

Computer skills are a must for these classes. Make sure you know how to accomplish the following:

  • Navigate your computer (for example: locate your Pictures/My Pictures folder, save and locate files)
  • Install programs, printers, and drivers
  • Browse the Internet
  • Download images from a camera to a computer
  • Connection to high speed internet
    • Typing skills are a plus for all those notes you’ll want to take!

What software do I need to run?

All of our classes use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Digital Photography 3 requires Photoshop CS5 or CS6. Students should purchase and install these programs before the class begins.

Windows System Requirements:

  • Intel Pentium 4, Centrino, Intel Core 2 Duo (or compatible) processor
    • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • 2GB RAM
  • 20GB+ free disk space
  • 1024×768 (XGA) or better display

Macintosh System Requirements:

  • Intel processor
  • Mac OS 10.5 (or later)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 20GB+ free disk space
  • 1024×768 (XGA) or better display

What is the required photography equipment?

The equipment requirements are different for every class. Please view the individual class page for current equipment requirements.

 

 

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