Commercial Photography

Professional Software  |  Certifications  |  Portfolios  |  Creative Fun  |  Recognition for Your Work

The Commercial Photography program at The Guthrie Center is an acclaimed award-winning program that gives students an opportunity to learn the fine art of communication, through artful images and photography.

Students discover their artistic voice and learn about the art of persuasion, entertainment, marketing, public relations and sales by planning and shooting a series of photographs that meet those needs.

The course begins by teaching students the fundamentals of photography with digital SLRs commonly used in our industry. Students learn professional techniques in composition, lighting and studio that transforms the hobbyist into a sophisticated professional artist.

Students gain hands-on training and experience with professionals and learn to use professional software and equipment from the industry. More importantly, students learn how to make decisions about productions, learn problem solving, time management, project management and learn how to artfully critique other works. They work with adults and outside clients and learn how to conduct professional photo shoots in our real-world studio. Innovation and “thinking outside the box” is expected and rewarded.

Commercial Photography at The Guthrie Center is a very creative hands-on course with real-world expectations unlike any other photography course in the district. The skills and concepts learned in our courses are skills that not only create excellent photographers, but are valuable skills that can be applied to all aspects in life.


  • Adobe Certified Associate – Photoshop (Year 2)



2021-22 Commercial Photography Classes

Commercial Photography 1 w/LAB

Are you creative?  Do you like to take photos?  The Guthrie Center Commercial Photography Department teaches you how to transform your love of photos into a serious hobby or can even propel you into an exciting career that can earn you money while you go to college!  This hands-on and very unique Guthrie class will give you an opportunity to work in a real studio using professional equipment.  You’ll learn how to edit your photos using the latest software and will create an amazing portfolio that can open doors to an exciting new world!

Grades: 10-11

Commercial Photography 2 w/LAB

If you want to take your Commercial Photography 1 skills to the next level, this advanced course takes you through a more technical experience and encourages you to push your imagination.  Students spend most of their time in our studios and are often selected to work for outside clients.  Students can earn an industry certification.

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Commercial Photography 1.
Grades: 11-12
Technical Certification Attainable: Adobe Certified Associate - Photoshop

Commercial Photography Practicum

This course is for the very serious student who plans to pursue a career in this field.  Students are self-starters, often work independently and are led under the instruction of the teacher.  Students can earn an upper-level industry certification.

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Commercial Photography 2.
Grades: 11-12