• Class Time: Day or Evening
  • Semester: Fall, Spring or Summer Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus
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As a professional photographer, you’ll be entering one of the most exciting, challenging and highly creative career fields. That’s why training at HTC can make a real difference. First, the program is designed to develop your shooting skills, with initial emphasis on building technical abilities in lighting, exposure control, composition, and the operation of your digital SLR camera. Second, you will benefit from advanced level courses including portraiture and wedding photography, product photography, advertising photography, and photos for publication. This program will teach you every aspect of a professional photographer’s digital workflow from image capture and optimization to digital asset management and output. Photography is a career field that requires a balance between technical expertise and visual aesthetics. This is a program that prepares you to be successful in the field of photography.

Labs and Classrooms

At Hennepin Tech we have over 7,200 square feet of studio space with 16 foot ceilings that can be divided into mutliple shooting bays. Bays can be combined to form larger shooting areas depending on size of project. Lighting includes the latest professional equipment that includes continuous light sources as well as studio and portable electronic flash.

Besides the main lecture classroom there is the digital classroom with Apple computers with dual boot computers that run all software in either Mac or Windows operating systems. We also have a digital darkroom that contains Epson printers, Epson, Imacon, Hasselblad, and Nikon film scanners.


Students beginning the professional photography program are required to have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera with interchangeable lenses and manual exposure capabilities. We'd be happy to recommenda a camera based on your budget.

Entry Requirements

Besides having your own digital SLR camera, students need a Reading cut score of 77% on the Accuplacer test. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact Enrollment Services to speak to a counselor or advisor. Appointmentes can be made by calling 952-995-1300.

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Work Environment

The work environment of the professional photographer is one of constant change. Photographers have to be able to control studio lighting as well as synchronize ambient and portable flash on location. It is very important that photographers have great communication skills when dealing with clients.

Job Outlook

Although a highly competitive field there are always opportunities for creative, self motivated individuals. Photography is a field where passion and persistence can take you a long way.



$25,000 - $40,000 Base Salary

Potential Job Titles

Professional Photographer

Advisory Committees play an important role here at Hennepin Tech. The Professional Photography committee is made up of working professionals in the wedding portrait industry, commercial studios, and retail sellers within the industry.The advisory committee is here to make recommends and provide input on how and what we teach in the program. Their job is to make sure we deliver the right skills so you'll be successful when you graduate.

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