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  1. #1
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    What is your photography educational level

    And where did you get that education?

    I have always enjoyed photography, and in the past year have started earning money from it by doing real-estate photography. I have no formal education and picked up the knowledge I do know from trial-and-error, youtube, and speaking with people in flicker groups.

    While I know enough to get by right now, I'd like more of a solid foundation of the fundamentals, e.g., lighting, composition, and exposure. My local community college and university don't get into their photography classes in the way I'd like, so I'd hate to take on a bunch of debt for classes that don't offer what I need. I prefer a hands-on education, so I guess workshops may be the best route. But if there are some reputable online classes, that may be a good place to get started as well.

    Also, I'm curious who else here is making a full-time career from photography and what they might have to say about things that helped them along the way to becoming a better photographer, the kind of photographer they envisioned themselves being.

    -Scott


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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    my level would be "in there somewhere", not at the bottom and no where near the top, just a hobbyist, all self taught with a large help from people on here. I am into wildlife mainly, birds and critters. I love to get out to walk for a few hours shooting at whatever is about.
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    Self taught.
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    I was in the photography class Junior and Senior year in High School back in the 90's. I used a Canon Ae1. I snagged a Nikon D3300 last year. My first "real" camera since 1996. Took a short break due to some family stuff...but a little while ago, I picked it up and started shooting again. I just got a D7100 recently as well. Since getting back into photography with the '33, I've learned most from Nikonites.com, and a couple of books. An old US Marine vet has been mentoring me a bit recently as well. When got out of the Corps, he picked up photography. It's not his full time job, but he does make good money on portraits.

    I'd like to take classes at my local community college, but as OP said, I don't want a bunch of debt, the classes might bore the hell out of me, and I have a ton of stuff going on when I'm not at work.
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  5. #5
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    Self taught, with help from these forums,, and trial and error,

    Enjoy getting out and about, and talking to other photographers I meet on my travel's, and picking up a few hints and tips from them.

  6. #6
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelin390 View Post
    And where did you get that education?

    I have always enjoyed photography, and in the past year have started earning money from it by doing real-estate photography. I have no formal education and picked up the knowledge I do know from trial-and-error, youtube, and speaking with people in flicker groups.

    While I know enough to get by right now, I'd like more of a solid foundation of the fundamentals, e.g., lighting, composition, and exposure. My local community college and university don't get into their photography classes in the way I'd like, so I'd hate to take on a bunch of debt for classes that don't offer what I need. I prefer a hands-on education, so I guess workshops may be the best route. But if there are some reputable online classes, that may be a good place to get started as well.

    Also, I'm curious who else here is making a full-time career from photography and what they might have to say about things that helped them along the way to becoming a better photographer, the kind of photographer they envisioned themselves being.

    -Scott
    I've taken a number of formal classes and workshops from many different venues. There are a lot of online resources, and I've used some of them to good effect, but a formal class just can't be beat in my experience. I have tried online photography classes but I've never found anything that helped much, really. I'm sure there are some good ones out there, but a formal classroom setting is what works best for me and where I've learned the most.
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  7. #7
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    Local photographer runs some workshops at a couple of venues. The rest if Youtube and then trial and error.
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    Self taught, YouTube and some books... A lot of help from folks on this forum... Much of the stuff I best understand comes from here because every is so helpful and have already dug thru and found the best resources.
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  9. #9
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    Depends. Either self taught or mostly self taught if magazines and books don't count as self teaching. Line is a bit blurry there IMO. lol
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    Re: What is your photography educational level

    Self taught. It would seem that you know your goals so set your own lesson plans and then practice until you feel you are proficient in a given area. The joy of digital is the ability to use each photo as a teaching aide with immediate feedback. Like other skills practice makes perfect. Then when you get photos you are happy with, post them here for further evaluation by the many excellent photographers on this site.
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