How It Works

Timely personal interaction and inspiring feedback are hugely important to the learning process - and this is just what you’ll get at The Compelling Image.

With courses ranging from beginner through aspiring professional levels, The Compelling Image (TCI) School of Photography and Visual Storytelling is the affordable and convenient way to learn photography - interactively, right from your own home and in tune with your busy schedule. All you need is a computer or mobile device and connection to the internet.

Your TCI enrollment includes :

  • Clear, enjoyable to read and richly illustrated course lessons, downloadable for your convenience.
  • Lesson assignments to practice your new skills - using subjects and situations accessible to you, wherever you live.
  • Friendly and constructive critiques of your work by our award-winning, international instructors, delivered to your Student Area within 24 hours.
  • Answers to your photography questions within 12 hours.
  • Valuable tips and advice on ways to improve your photography.
  • A “Virtual Classroom” where you’ll be able to discuss lessons and assignments - interactively - with your instructor and others on your course.
  • No assignment deadlines. Submit your work anytime during your 60-day enrollment period.
  • Certificate of Course Completion.
  • Lifetime access to your course material.

Getting started is fast and easy, simply :

  • Sign up for a free TCI account.
  • Choose from our list of inspiring courses.
  • Make your secure payment using Pay Pal or major credit card.
  • Receive quick confirmation of your payment, log into your Student Area and you’re ready to begin!

Our Guarantee

We’re certain you’ll enjoy and greatly benefit from your online-interactive learning experience at TCI. However, if you are not satisfied for any reason, TCI will immediately refund your full payment if notified at within the first week of your enrollment. Once the second lesson becomes available in your Student Area, no refund will be issued.

  • Kimberly Bryant / TCI Emerging Photographer Program
    Kimberly Bryant / TCI Emerging Photographer Program

    "Guidance from respected teachers during my time ‘in the field’ has been invaluable to the progression of my documentary photography work and sense of professional confidence. I wholeheartedly recommend the Emerging Photographer Program to anyone wanting to improve their work. Thanks TCI!!"

  • Jean Lua / TCI Mentorship Program
    Jean Lua / TCI Mentorship Program

    "Amazing. Informative. Inspirational. These words concisely summarize my experience with Dan's mentoring class. I recognized that direct feedback and mentoring from an experienced photographer would be an essential ingredient to my progress."

Professional photojournalist and TCI alumnus, Vlad Sokhin, at work in Papua New Guinea.