Commercial Photography / Electronic Imaging

A picture can be worth much more than a thousand words for a photographer with the ability to create eye-catching images. In our Commercial Photography/Electronic Imaging program, students master the skills they’ll need to turn a talent for taking great photos into a lucrative career.

While they learn to conceive and capture images that tell stories, students are introduced to the following skills, equipment and software:

  • Shooting photos and videos with a 35mm DSLR camera
  • Using natural and artificial light to enhance subjects’ appearance in the studio or on location
  • Adobe® applications including Photoshop®, Lightroom®, InDesign® and Premiere Pro®
  • Editing and retouching photos, as well as preparing them for use in a variety of mediums

Instruction ranges from color theory, composition and other basic photography principles to more advanced techniques, such as employing flash and lighting. Students apply these concepts as they explore everything from portraiture to sports photography.

Tasked on a daily basis with photo assignments that mirror real-life situations, students build diverse portfolios as they move through the program. Preparing photo contracts and releases, pursuing copyright registration and developing a marketing plan are important elements of the program, too.

Industry Credentials

Commercial Photography/Electronic Imaging students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • Adobe Certified Associate – Video Communication via Certiport®
  • Adobe Certified Associate – Visual Communication via Certiport
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allowCommercial Photography/Electronic Imaging students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

Career Pathways

with industry credentials:

  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Photo Retoucher
  • Portrait Photographer

with associate degree:

  • Industrial Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer

with bachelor’s degree:

  • Photo Editor
  • Photojournalist
  • Scientific Photographer


Teacher:  David Aretz


Counselor: Brieann Murray

Phone: 610-799-1355

Career Tree

CIP Code: 50.0406

Essential Skill Alignment Chart


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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on theCommercial Photography/Electronic Imaging program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Bishop Photography
  • Daniel Moyer Photography
  • DeSales University
  • Frank Mitman Digital Photographic Imaging
  • Hub Willson Photography
  • Randy Monceaux Photography
  • Ryan Hulvat Photography
  • Zerbe Studio

Student Organizations

Commercial Photography/Electronic Imaging students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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