I Went To See If I Could Get A Job With A Photographer Yesterday

She told me I shouldn't go to an art school for photography I should go to a business school. I know that if I go to a university I am going to fail out, because I just can not do school anymore. I'm not stupid but I can't stand it anymore. I've been taking pictures for about 4 years now teaching myself everyday. I always feel stupid when people talk to me about all these terms I have no idea about. I want to become what I have dreamed for so long now.

 

Advice?

GibsonR23 GibsonR23
18-21, F
6 Responses Feb 13, 2010

Going to school is the right choice. I don't know why anyone would tell you to not go. <br />
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No matter how well self taught you become, breaking into the field without that degree you leave you at a great disadvantage in the job market. As a college student or recent grad, you will be able to do internships that might not be available to self taught photographers.<br />
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Having a broad ba<x>se of art education in addition to photography will also be to your advantage and will enhance your own creativity.<br />
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It is true that you will need to learn about the business end of photography as well. I have found alot of colleges do not provide very in depth training about the business of photography., so I would recommend you do alot of self study in that regard. I can recommend some good books that would give you a good overview of the business.<br />
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For a high school student that might seem like droll reading and alot might be over your head. But if you start studiyng that now, you'll have a really good understanding of it by the time you graduate.<br />
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But going to school is the right thing to do and I'm gald I didn't have to convince you to do that.<br />
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Just so you know, your privacy settings do not allow me to view your profile or post on your whiteboard.<br />
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Cheers<br />
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Daynamyte

You see posted this more than a year ago. <br />
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I am an experienced professional photographer and would like to offer my advice. Before I do, are you still interested in doing this? If yes, what have you done since you posted this? Are you taking classes or still teaching yourself?

i would go to photoraphy scool online or of and just take a few business coarses you can deal with. or find a part time job in photography learn the business. get your foot in the door and it may grow to full time. what kind of photography would you want to do?

I am curious to know why they told you not to go to school? Did they feel you really didn't need it? I've been teaching myself for years and really the only things you may learn from photography school, depending on your skill level is some technical terms and i piece of paper. But that piece of paper makes the difference. I'd like to talk to you more about speaking to other, maybe more established photographers and how you went about it.!<br />
Hope to talk to you soon!

Learning the business side is as important as learning the photography side. Well, it's only important if you want to make money.<br />
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You don't need to take a 4 year college degree or anything. Find out if there are any classes for part time students.

Hope this helps...<br />
Here are places to get a free photography education online:<br />
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Photography Basics - Individuals who are just beginning to dabble in the art of photography will find this free Suite 101 course useful. The course consists of four text-based lessons covering the history of photography, camera types, camera basics, and lighting.<br />
http://www.suite101.com/course.cfm/18891/seminar<br />
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Online Library of Digital Photography - This digital photography resource offers dozens of free lessons for digital photographers. Lessons are aimed at beginners but include information that may be helpful to more advanced photographers as well.<br />
http://www.shortcourses.com/<br />
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Digital Photography School - Created by a digital photography enthusiast, this site offers an impressive collection of articles, tips, and tutorials for digital photographers. Education is available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.<br />
http://digital-photography-school.com/tips<br />
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Cambridge in Colour - Cambridge in Colour features a wonderful collection of digital photography tutorials and images. The site also offers an educational forum for photographers. All of the images that appear on this site are from, in, and around the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.<br />
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/<br />
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Tips from the Top Floor - This award winning photography podcast teaches listeners about digital photography. Tips from the Top Floor also offers daily photo tips and a forum where photography enthusiasts can connect and ask questions online.<br />
http://www.tipsfromthetopfloor.com/<br />
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MyShutterspace - Created specifically for digital photography enthusiasts, this online social network is a great place to discuss and learn about digital photography techniques.<br />
http://www.myshutterspace.com/<br />
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About Photography - The About.com Guide to Photography provides hundreds of informative articles and tutorials for beginner to advanced photographers. Other site features include a regularly updated blog and community forums.<br />
http://photography.about.com/<br />
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Photography and Related Media - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers this free online visual arts course to self-learners around the world. The course covers digital imaging, camera operation, lighting, film exposure, development, and photography techniques.<br />
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Architecture/4-343Photography-and-Related-MediaFall2002/CourseHome/<br />
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Documentary Photography and Photojournalism - This free self-paced course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology encourages students to create a photo documentary project. The emphasis of the course is on writing, but there is a lot of class material that would be interesting and useful to photographers.<br />
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Writing-and-Humanistic-Studies/21W-749Documentary-Photography-and-Photo-Journalism--Still-Images-of-A-World-In-MotionSpring2002/CourseHome/<br />
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Family Photo Course - This free online photography course from the UK's Open University teaches students how to handle, examine, analyze, and record family photographs. The course also delves into the history of family photography and portrait settings.<br />
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?name=A173_1<br />
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Travel Photography Course - Beren Patterson of TribalCog offers this free online course with a focus on travel photography. The course includes lessons on portraits, landscapes, light, exposure, camera care, and more.<br />
http://www.tribalcog.com/learn/<br />
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PhotoWalkthrough - PhotoWalkthrough offers advanced-level video tutorials for photographers. The tutorials provide information about how different shots are achieved as well as tips on using processing tools like Adobe Photoshop.<br />
http://www.photowalkthrough.com/video-tutorials/<br />
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Picture Social - PictureSocial is a social network for photographers. Members can share and critique photos, ask and answer questions, and blog about photography experiences.<br />
http://www.picturesocial.com/<br />
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Photo.net - Photo.net is a very large online community of photographers. The community has a special section just for learning, forums, an online workspace, and other tools to help photographers improve their skills.<br />
http://photo.net/