The Course

The Competent Photographer Course (CPC) is a photography training course designed to efficiently teach the core concepts and skills that a competent photographer should possess. It is broken down into three main stages with each component lesson designed to teach the information in easy to understand chunks. The ultimate goal is to make sure you are a well-rounded photographer with a solid foundation of photography knowledge and know-how.

Online Learning

The CPC is available as an online course where you can complete projects and exercises that will reinforce your learning. You can also interact with instructors who can answer your questions and keep your learning on track.

For more information about enrollment in the online course: Pricing & Signup

In-Person Training

CPC1 is currently underway in Salem, VA. New class dates and locations will be announced in January.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this course, feel free to email me at jon@jonbeard.com

The Stages

The CPC is divided into three stages - a technical/science stage where you master your camera and photography fundamentals, a creative/artistic stage where you focus on making well thought out photos, and a practical stage where you learn to do all of those tasks that our friends/family/clients expect us to know how to do.

Instructors

Just because someone can do something well, doesn't guarantee they can teach it effectively. CPC certified instructors have gone through special training to ensure that not only do they know and understand the material included in this course, but more importantly, they are capable of teaching it in a way you'll understand too. When you're looking for someone to help you through this course, be sure they are a CPC certified instructor.

Certification

Once you have completed the course, you have an option to demonstrate your knowledge and ability to a CPC examiner who can issue a certification showing that you have passed the course and fully understand the material. Many people may be happy simply taking this course as a learning experience and never test for their official CPC, however, there are some benefits to certification you may find attractive.