Making the Decision to Study Photography
Photography is a wonderfully diverse and in-depth course to study. There’s so much to learn, and sometimes getting a professional qualification can feel like the only way to find out all that there is to know. If you make the decision to study photography as a degree or college course, here are some things to consider:
- Did you study photography at school? If not, it might be harder to get onto a course. Don’t let this put you off though – there are lots of different types of course available. Some may take current skills and a portfolio into account, whereas others may be happy to teach you from scratch. Just do your research.
- Do you have good equipment? You will need to have decent equipment to learn with, so if you haven’t already got some you may be looking at spending quite a lot of money. You will need things like a tripod, cases and different lenses as well as the camera itself.
- What qualifications will the course give you? Look at the different kinds of courses and the professional skills you will come out with. Asses how valuable they will be for you and what you want to do in the future.
- What will your career prospects be like? Look into the options you’ll have after your studies. You can speak to the institution and look on their website to find out about current graduates and what employment rates are like. They will also be able to tell you more about the kinds of careers you can expect to go into. If you want to be a professional photographer speak to your tutors and get any tips you can.