Photography Schools

This site provides information on photography schools which let you pursue a career in photography. Information provided includes a directory of photography schools, along with forms to request additional information.

Photography Skills: Photographers need to have strong people skills as they must interact with their clients, graphic artists, publishers, editors, and others. Photography is becoming a profession where computer skills are increasingly valuable as more and more computer tools become available. In addition, photography demands a good eye, and understanding of how to construct or frame a good picture, hand eye coordination, and a great deal of patience.

Photography School Courses: Photography schools provide courses in photojournalism, photography equipment, photography processes, and photography techniques. Most photography schools also provide a background in basic business, which is critical to a professional photographer. In addition, photography schools enable their students to build an initial photography portfolio that is essential to success in finding a photography job.

Courses offered by photography schools may include: color theory, printing, large format photography, digital photography, documentary photography, photography illustration, digital imaging, multimedia projects, digital tools, and more.

Photography Employment: More than half of all photography professionals are self employed. Most of the salaried photographers work for portrait studios or for commercial photography studios. Other photographers work in advertising agencies, portrait studios, for newspapers, or for magazines. Photography jobs are expected to increase at about the same rate as the average between now and 2010. Photography schools can provide an edge in getting the best photography jobs, and development of computer related skills is also a major plus.

Photography Jobs: Graduates of photography jobs can find work in portrait photography, commercial photography, industrial photography, scientific photography, news photography, or fine arts photography. Photography professionals held about 131,000 jobs in 2000.

Photography Work: Graduates of photography schools work with traditional cameras or digital cameras to tell a story, communicate a message, or record an event. In general, photographers are responsible for deciding the details of how to put a picture together, getting the subject matter ready, taking the picture(s), and getting them developed. Some photographers work with their own photography dark room, and others send the film out to be processed.

Photography Income: Photography professionals earned an average of $22,300 in the year 2000. High end photographer incomes can exceed $45,000 per year.