Is photography your passion? Or want to take better photos? Sometimes taking a course in photography is the way to go as it can teach you all the skills you need.
However if you’re already an established photographer sometimes it might be hard to decide if you need a qualification in it. Plus deciding whether or not you want to study photography at college or University can be a tough one. You need to decide which method best suits the way you can learn a new skill.
To help you decide here are some reasons why you should maybe consider studying photography!
1. To Learn the Skills Used in the Industry
One of the main reasons people take up a photography course is for the contacts! Many photographers are self-employed and if you’re starting a business with no help it can be hard. So while you study make sure you network to help further your career.
2. Qualifications Help
Yes, quite a few established photographers are self-taught but loads of photographers have qualifications on their CV. Plus when applying for jobs some ask for qualifications as a requirement.
3. To Be Creative and add to Your Portfolio
Being on a course will force you to take images in a certain style, even if you’ve never attempted that style before. During most courses they will make you research a particular photographer to see how they take their images. You will then have to take your own images in their style, pushing you to create more!
4. Earn Some Side Money
Some freelance photographers can earn between £20,000 to £30,000 a year! So learning becoming a photographer on the side may increase your income. There are many ways to make money as a photographer from Stock Photography to selling prints.
Not only that, but your teachers will understand the current ways people are making money through photography. Like starting up your own website or creating workshops in your local area.
5. Interaction with Other Photographers
One definite way to improve your photography is by meeting other like-minded people. Therefore if you join a photography class you’ll make friends and all help each other improve your skills.
6. Learning Different Styles
Meeting all these photographers and researching leading photographers can only help you find out which style of photography suits you. You might research photographers such as Martin Parr and find a passion for documentary photography!
However studying photography might not be a viable option for everyone. Cost definitely can come into play when learning photography as it’s an expensive hobby! Nevertheless if you have a passion for pursuing photography there are loads of great books and EBooks you should check out!
Thank you for reading this article, if you have any other ideas please leave a comment down below and I’ll add them to the list!
If you’re studying photography I highly recommend you check our worksheets on Photography Analysis!
Included in these worksheets are, 3 pages of Photography Keywords and Terms, The Photography Analysis Worksheet and examples of my own analysis work!
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