Blake Benjamin Spittle


Thank you George and all of The Photography Institute team - you have opened up an entire new world to me! Your course was full of so much fantastic content, which has enabled me to get much more out of my camera and equipment.

I began the course with the intent of gaining more skills for a hobby, but now I want to take it up to the professional level. Without this course, I would never of thought of photography this way. Matt and Justin were awesome tutors with such good advice and full of useful tips - always carry duct tape in your kit - so true!

I have already done a commissioned assignment which was a brilliant day and I was able to put the skills gained during the course to work. It made me feel like a did good job and I gained positive feedback from everyone involved. From here, I plan to practise, practise, practise and keep on enjoying a passion for capturing still images.

To anyone thinking of learning more about photography - look no further, this course is brilliant. I work full time and managed to work my way through it with no dramas at all. The support is great from the tutors and the information is priceless. Go for it!!

All the best team...

Les Osten

New Plymouth

What a voyage of discovery I have just travelled. The Institute has wet my appetite and I need more! I thought I was OK as a Photographer until I began Module 1 and moved through the other 11.

From being a former teacher and principal I became pupil and learner and it was a great feeling as I eagerly awaited my tutor's scorecard and written comments following each assignment!

Assignments were marked promptly, professionally presented and always succinct, well directed and offered many points to consider and to be guided on. My thanks to Matt for such a tremendous job and for your positive encouragement.

Previously I had greatly underused my camera equipment and now I am definitely giving that investment real value. My depth of knowledge and skill level has increased markedly along with a high level of self confidence in my own ability to take successful images.

The investment in the course and its tangible outcomes for me has and will continue to be of high value. Thank you to the team at the Photography Institute..

Gale Cresswell

Te Awamutu

Before embarking on The Professional Photography Course, I used a cheap digital point and shoot camera and had no idea what 'DSLR' even stood for! I am pleased to say that my point and shoot camera is now in the hands of my six year old, whilst I am comfortably using a DSLR...in manual mode!

This course is a great mix of technical and creative learning.

The technical aspects are clearly explained and the assignments transfer the theory into practice.

I particularly enjoyed the creative side. The course gave me confidence in myself and my ideas, helping me narrow down the field of photography that I intend to specialise in and develop my own style. My tutors seemed to be on my wavelength, enabling them to provide useful advice and encouragement.

Beyond that, it also provides guidance on how to succeed in the photography business, if that is the path that you hope to take. Having had many years experience in business planning, I can honestly say that this guidance would be very helpful to someone who is new to business.

The flexibility of studying online has worked brilliantly for me, enabling me to dedicate the time, without interference on work and family life...and of course, no travel costs! The assignments were easy to submit, even for someone like me who can find technology challenging!

So with my newfound knowledge (and my Diploma!), I feel confident to go out and build my portfolio further, with the aim of setting up my own business in the not too distant future.

Thanks to all at NZPI. I have no hesitation in recommending this course and hope to maintain links with NZPI going forward.

Paul Luxton


Diploma in Professional Photography, TICK!

I began the Diploma in Professional Photography after buying myself a new DSLR. Now as an aspiring Photographer, I didn't want to take your standard `auto' shots or take photos using the basic `landscape' settings. What I wanted, was to really get into the photography, really get photos that made people say WOW! And so it all began...

From Module 1 through to Module 12, it was a learning curve that was close to vertical! I now understand why my camera manual made an encyclopedia look small! I'm no longer shooting in auto mode, I have learned the do's and don'ts of lighting, and best of all, i have been taught to take in my surroundings, to really think about the shot before I capture it. I have thrived with the help of the friendly tutors who are on hand 24/7 to give you the advice and guidance you need and I have shared my photos and my thoughts with other students via the Photography Institute Facebook page. This was a great way to connect with other students who like you and me, LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY!

Thanks to my diploma, I have now started working as a Photographer/guide for a NZ wildlife company and get to spend everyday photographing the amazing marine wildlife NZ has to offer.To anyone thinking about doing this course, I would fully recommend it! It will give you the desire AND the tools to better yourself and take your photography to the next level and beyond...

Flynn fletcher-dobson


I loved this course! If you are a beginner or a pro, you will find something in this course to stimulate and develop your existing skills. Each module is written clearly and has everything within it for you to complete each assignment. Support from the general support team and your tutor is just excellent, and any problems are sorted out very, very quickly. Having the online format, not only means you can work at your own pace, but take your course with you wherever you go!

Getting to know my camera and how to take better photos were the highlight for me, but the confidence I have now gained from having my work seen and critiqued by professionals.

Due to gaining the diploma from this course, I am now able to work in a photographic field which was not open to me before.

Thank you!

Mike Loveland


 Thanks for the opportunity to do this course, i have really liked the way that i could do it in my own time at my own pace. i set myself goals of completing a module every 2-3 weeks, and on average have been successful - depending on other work commitments.

The Feedback from the tutors has been positive, with ideas on where and what to try to improve for next time, the response time was good too, if I ever had any queries.

 I look forward to seeing what happens next in my photographic journey, as I now have a new found love of Sports photography...

Richard Hayton


I spent years reading photography magazines and books thinking I knew a thing or two about photography when in reality often this only made me confused and lacking in direction. This was when I decided to look for some formal training.

Without a question The Photography Institute’s course is for anyone who is serious about photography, from the absolute novice to the working Pro. The course is about so much more than just the pictures or how to use a DSLR and it takes you on a comprehensive journey into the world of photography (past, present and the future...) and everything that this entails.

The course leaves nothing left unturned and demystifies the complexities of digital photography and the industry that surrounds it. After completing this course my photography is infinitely better than it was before I started, my confidence is sky high and I can hold my own when it comes to photography conversations with the Pro’s.

If all the tutors are as conscientious and professional as mine (Matt Evans) then you really cant get better value for money! I can’t fault the balanced feedback (usually back within a few hours!) and direction from someone who actually makes a living from photography. I also had the pleasure of utilising the support staff who were equally as professional.

I currently work full time in a totally different industry and found fitting this course into my busy lifestyle was easy, especially when publications started noticing my work on the Internet and offered to put some photos into print...

Julie-Anne Varney

Nth Auckland

 Before I began studying with The Photography Institute, I had an interest in photography and had recently purchased a camera, but I only understood the ‘Auto’ function!! However, I wanted to learn more so began this course to extend my hobby.

The fact that the course is offered totally online makes it super flexible when working full time, as it can slot in nicely with all the other commitments.

The 12 modules included cover such a huge variety of information that is practical, interesting and challenging as it extends your actual ability as a Photographer rather than just your knowledge of photography. Each module is presented clearly using easy to follow descriptions and photos. I never would have learnt all I have about photography had it not been for The Photography Institute course.

The tutors were very quick to respond to any questions that I had in regards to the current assignment or photography in general’ and were very informative and constructive in their replies and assignment feedback.

At present photography is still a hobby for me, but I am now far more confident in my ability and now have all the knowledge, skills and information I will need when I transform my hobby into an exciting job. I loved this course and would do it all again if I could!!..

Andrew Bennett


How often do we hear of people who are so passionate about their careers that they say they can’t believe they’re being paid to do what they love? For me, this course has not only opened the door to this being a reality – it has also given me the opportunity to rekindle the photographic creativity and passion for photography that have been suppressed for many years. Instead of imagining greener pastures over the fence, I’ve now had the courage to jump over and start exploring the possibilities.

The course content covered all the topics and areas that I needed, and provided me with links to further learning on-line and through print media. The assignments were highly practical, thought-provoking at times, challenging and above all lots of fun! Re-reading the prospectus makes me realise that my expectations were not just fulfilled but exceeded. Everything from aperture and lighting through to creating a studio and a professional portfolio – it was all there.

Now I’m starting my own photography business, something that, prior to undertaking the course, was always over the fence. I want to specialise in people and events, but have also uncovered a passion for travel (well, why not?!) and unusual architecture. In the meantime I’ve had great experience with assignments covering sports, corporate and social events, as well as weddings.

Underpinning this experience are two key components of the Photography Institute – advice and support. Many thanks to my tutor Fiona, who answered my questions, encouraged me, critiqued my assignments and gave me so many tips and suggestions. The student support from Sarah has been outstanding right from the start – access and response couldn’t have been better. The work experiences Sarah made possible through the Weetbix triathlons were invaluable and exhilarating.

Thanks everyone at the Institute – you’ve given me the skills and desire to pursue a new career and direction...

Victoria McKee


Completing my Diploma online through the Photography Institute has truly been an amazing journey.

Starting off as a hobbyist photographer with limited knowledge, I have finished with the intention to take my passion for photography further. I now have the skills and knowledge that allows me to seek a career in photography and pursue my dream of being a professional photographer.

My tutor was 100% supportive and respectfully guided me along my learning journey. He provided me with constructive feedback to help me understand what areas I needed to work on and what areas I had achieved and demonstrated a good understanding of.

The support system was very beneficial and proved to be extremely useful. I would highly recommend studying through the Photography Institute!

Lydia Louise Busson


I started this course with the basic knowledge of photography, I thought I knew a lot more than I actually did.

This course taught me everything I needed to know to get up and running as a start up photography business. The skills you learn range from the very basic to tricks of the trade. You get awesome feedback and have a tutor to help you the whole way through. Fantastic course highly recommend to anyone whether you want to learn more about photography as a hobby or as a business.

Pip White

New Plymouth

Wow I can't believe I have made it to the end of the course. I am feeling so incredibly happy right now!

It has been such a great journey and I have learnt so much along the way. When I first started I had no clue about photography really and I have grown and gained so much knowledge. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is seeking to learn more about photography or take it to the next level as a career.


The tutors have been amazing and so helpful with all their knowledge and experience. This has been an invaluable experience and I thank George and the team for such a great course and I look forward to the journey into the future with photography as this is just the beginning!. Many thanks, Pip :)

Qui Reitzig

New Plymouth

The course offered by the Photography Institute has been very informative!

The modules teach you the technical aspects of photography as well as provide real-life experience points. This is very valuable for someone who is wanting to start a career in photography or taking the hobby a bit more seriously. Justin has been an amazing tutor. His thorough feedback and constructive criticism have been tremendously helpful for a photography novice like me!

Reece Daniel Little


When I embarked on my journey to complete the Diploma, I came into this as nothing but a hobbyist. But after having completed my journey and graduating, my goals and aspirations have certainly risen to new heights.

From just wishing to learn more about my camera and how to better take advantage of the extra knowledge. To wanting to be a little more serious about photography and do some casual work in something I love.

The feedback received from the fantastic and experienced tutors gave me more confidence and insight into how I can improve. The main thing is don't be afraid to ask questions. The support team are there for such purposes, and the facebook community page are all so willing to help with any questions or constructive criticism.

If coming into the course as a complete newbie and you feel a little overwhelmed that's what we are here for, but they also offer a fundamental primer, just ask the support team and they can provide you with that little bit extra to help you.

I have no regrets and am so happy to have completed the course. Next thing to target a couple of advanced modules they have to offer.

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  • Kasey McDavitt

  • 10 days ago

Great course content and excellent…

Great course content and excellent online portals community where you can choose the level of involvement you would like.

  • Clay Peet

  • 12 days ago

I've learned so much from this course…

I've learned so much from this course and improved my photography immensely! The course assumes no prior knowledge but also...

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  • 18 days ago

I would recommend the photography…

I would recommend the photography institute to anyone!!

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  • 31 days ago

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Highly recommend this course and the support and guidance it provides. Simply awesome.

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  • 41 days ago

This is an excellent course and a…

This is an excellent course and a logical course to take once anyone has completed beginners, intermediate and advanced courses...

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  • 54 days ago

Two thumbs up!

This course is great especially if you have no prior knowledge in photography, DSLR cameras and lenses. The modules are...

  • Andy Young

  • Wednesday 12 September 2018 at 09:13

Thoroughly enjoyable.!!

Thoroughly enjoyable.!! This course was for an online course a very high standard. The course content was great and plentiful. If...

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  • Tuesday 24 July 2018 at 05:04

The Photography Institute is AMAZING!

My time as a student through The Photography Institute has been amazing! Knowing that if you are feeling a little...

  • Helen Dol

  • Thursday 19 July 2018 at 06:53

For technical aspects of photography…

For technical aspects of photography this is the course for you. It also has great social media groups that are...

  • Michaela George

  • Thursday 12 July 2018 at 04:53

This course is fantastic

This course is fantastic. The content is highly detailed and the practical aspects of the assignments are great. My tutor...

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  • Thursday 12 July 2018 at 03:52

Easy to understand friendly tutors

Easy to understand friendly tutors

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  • Friday 06 July 2018 at 21:50

Excellent support and advice from the…

Excellent support and advice from the tutors. Learnt much more than I expected . I am not good with technology...

  • Zara Ann James

  • Thursday 28 June 2018 at 22:44

I am having a lot of fun and i have…

I am having a lot of fun and i have learned so much since starting this course . I appreciate...

  • Aaron Robert Peterson

  • Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 04:54

This has been one of the best learning…

This has been one of the best learning experiences I have done. Community support and tutor guidance is brilliant. Would...

  • Shirley Alma WARNER

  • Monday 11 June 2018 at 22:47

This course opens up technical layers…

This course opens up technical layers of your camera and how it all works to make better photographs. It increases...