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Digital Photography Certificate

Capturing life’s meaningful moments represents a powerful form of art. Our Digital Photography certificate program -- suitable for both hobbyists as well as entrepreneurs -- covers the techniques necessary to take exceptional photos, including the identification of elements that shape excellent composition.

Of course, the process doesn’t end when the camera clicks; students will also learn essential photographer workflows as well as the fundamentals of industry-standard photo-editing tools, including Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Instructor and peer feedback will create hands-on, cooperative experiences as each student works to polish and perfect a portfolio of photographs representing the skills, methodologies and expertise gained via the program.

Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify aesthetic methods of creating more impactful photographs, including composition techniques, depth-of-field control, and use of patterns, lines, and thoughtful backgrounds
  • Demonstrate basic photo editing techniques such as lens correction, image sharpening, noise reduction, color correction, and exposure adjustment
  • Explain the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom and identify the appropriate uses for each


Students wishing to participate in this program must have access to a DSLR or mirrorless camera. If a camera does not have an interchangeable lens and digital controls, it will not be appropriate for use in this course.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:
  • Complete all six (6) of the core courses
  • Complete at least one (1) elective courses
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Complete all assignments
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

All courses are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program. 

Required Core Courses

Students should complete the six required courses in the order listed below, but student may take classes in any order unless a course has a prerequisite.

Digital Photography 1$39515 hours
Digital Asset Management & Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom$37512 hours
Digital Photography 2$39515 hours
Photo Editing in Adobe Photoshop$35010 hours
Legal Issues in Photography$3508 hours
Digital Photography Certificate Capstone$37512 hours
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Elective Courses

Students must complete one (1) of the following electives before, during, or after the required courses.

Let There Be Light - Working With Portable Strobes$3508 hours
Advanced Adobe Lightroom Processing - Online$3508 hours
Advanced Use of Adobe Photoshop - Online$3508 hours
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Who Will Benefit?

The following types of students will benefit from this program:
  • Beginners who want to learn to use more features of their DSLR cameras
  • Enthusiastic hobbyists who want to gain a more technical understanding of photography
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about how Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop can improve their work