Job Training and Career Qualifications

How long do you have to train for photography?

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2008-02-06 02:54:28

Of course if you have the talent, you have the talent. But with

everything else it is nice to see that you put the effort forward

to learn more than you would on your own. A good school that I know

of is Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, MA. The

school I think has a ten month program. Employers usually seek

applicants with a "good eye," imagination, and creativity, as well

as a good technical understanding of photography. Entry-level

positions in photojournalism or in industrial or scientific

photography generally require a college degree in photography or in

a field related to the industry in which the photographer seeks

employment. Freelance and portrait photographers need technical

proficiency, gained through either a degree program, vocational

training, or extensive photography experience.

Photography courses are offered by many universities, community

and junior colleges, vocational-technical institutes, and private

trade and technical schools. Basic courses in photography cover

equipment, processes, and techniques. Bachelor's degree programs,

especially those including business courses, provide a well-rounded

education. Art schools offer useful training in design and


Individuals interested in a career in photography should try to

develop contacts in the field by subscribing to photographic

newsletters and magazines; joining camera clubs; and seeking summer

or part-time employment in camera stores, newspapers, or photo


Photographers may start out as assistants to experienced

photographers. Assistants acquire the technical knowledge needed to

be a successful photographer and also learn other skills necessary

to run a portrait or commercial photography business. Freelance

photographers also should develop an individual style of

photography to differentiate themselves from the competition. Some

photographers enter the field by submitting unsolicited a portfolio

of photographs to magazines and to art directors at advertising

agencies; for freelance photographers, a good portfolio is


Photographers need good eyesight, artistic ability, and good

hand-eye coordination. They should be patient, accurate, and

detail-oriented. Photographers should be able to work well with

others, as they frequently deal with clients, graphic designers,

and advertising and publishing specialists. Photographers need to

know how to use computer software programs and applications that

allow them to prepare and edit images, and those who market

directly to clients should be familiar with using the Internet to

display their work.

Portrait photographers need the ability to help people relax in

front of the camera. Commercial and fine arts photographers must be

imaginative and original. News photographers must not only be good

with a camera, but also understand the story behind an event so

that their pictures match the story. They must be decisive in

recognizing a potentially good photograph and act quickly to

capture it. Photographers who operate their own business, or

freelance, need business skills as well as talent. These

individuals must know how to prepare a business plan; submit bids;

write contracts; keep financial records; market their work; hire

models, if needed; get permission to shoot on locations that

normally are not open to the public; obtain releases to use

photographs of people; license and price photographs; and secure

copyright protection for their work. To protect their rights and

their work, self-employed photographers require basic knowledge of

licensing and copyright laws, as well as knowledge of contracts and

negotiation procedures.

After several years of experience, magazine and news

photographers may advance to photography or picture editor

positions. Some photographers teach at technical schools, film

schools, or universities.

You need a bachelor's degree and you need to know how to run

cameras. (big cameras)

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