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    Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    Hello,

    Im just wondering how many professional photographers studied photography. I would like to be at least semi pro one day and am wondering if I should be thinking about taking some sort of course. I took a basic class on how to work my camera at the college locally here and also purchased Evan Sharboneau's master class. I want to do stylized children's photography/family/weddings mostly outdoors and maybe have a few of my own photos that I can sell as prints. Would you suggest more education or just more practise? Thanks for your input everyone.


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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    Yes. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced DSLR classes so far, with the next class being "Photography as a Business" for me.

    Could I have learned to do amazing things without the classes? SURE! Probably not as quickly, though, or from the right viewpoint.

    IMO, Money spent on education is money well spent, and though a local photography school, etc., it's really not all that costly. Total for me thus far on education, $315.00. Value? Priceless. If for nothing else, it gave me specific assignments with a targeted focus followed up by helpful critiques and insights on the finished product. That alone helped me develop far beyond what I could have done alone.
     
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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    Nope, i never took a photography class in my life. But, i am not a Professional photographer. Though, i have sold some of my work, but i do keep going to my day job. You're a "pro" when photography is your livelihood; meaning, you don't hold any other job.
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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    expelled after the second meeting. . .
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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    I've followed the same courses as Pretzel just outlined... As a retired business owner in finance, that required continuing education to meet continued business licensing... I can't imagine NOT following a formal course of education and running a successful business...
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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    No. Keep in mind that photography is like every thing else. Your either good at or your not. Some people can be taught to do anything. Others can't. You need to be artistic, creative and good with people to say the least. It's not all about taking pictures. Anyone can take pictures.
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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pretzel View Post
    IMO, Money spent on education is money well spent, and though a local photography school, etc., it's really not all that costly. Total for me thus far on education, $315.00. Value? Priceless. If for nothing else, it gave me specific assignments with a targeted focus followed up by helpful critiques and insights on the finished product. That alone helped me develop far beyond what I could have done alone.
    Quoted for great truth. I take formal classes at every opportunity and can only suggest doing so.

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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    Yes but it was a waste of my time and money. I learned a lot of the technical from my mom and readibg books. The artistic or trained eye came in time. I had the potential but experience was needed. It was a waste of tine for me. I didnt learn much.

    If u have thr technical know how and an experienced photog looks at your work and says u have potential than The paper isnt worth jack sh Imo. Real world experience will be invaluable and worth much more.

    My brother whos a top level programmer was studying in the university. He left before graduation because he was accepted to amdocs. He becone a project leader the project manager. He now has his own company so the paper isnt worth muxh if u have the talent. He was cracking games on the commodore 64 in his teen years. A wiz kid.

    Another friend whos a wiz on maya also never had formal education. Self taught. Hes very successful. The paper is worth nothing.
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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    Quote Originally Posted by wev View Post
    expelled after the second meeting. . .
    Probably did you a favor. Now, of course, you could be giving classes instead of attending classes. For me the best education is constant practice and constant research. I spend more time cracking books now than I ever did in school.
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    Re: Pro Photographers: Did you go to photography school?

    Wow thanks everyone. I think I will look into a few classes locally here.





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