Experience is the Best Teacher: Why Photography School Isn’t Necessary

My friend Conway taught me the basics about how to use my first dSLR camera. From there I practiced, read books, attended workshops, and took 3 basic photography classes at a Community College. The classes at the community college were helpful. Working in the dark room taught the fundamentals of photography and pushed me to refine my skill.

Although I highly recommend taking classes, I think that you learn more with real life experience. You can intern for someone and get one-on-one training. You can see first hand what it’s like to run a photography business. I think that’s better than paying to be in a class of 30+ students. I also think what most classrooms lack is the opportunity to think outside the box, especially in a creative field.

With the internet, we have all sorts of tools and resources at our fingertips.  Sites like CreativeLive and YouTube teach millions of things for FREE. The other day I wanted to learn how to open a coconut. I typed “How to open a coconut” into YouTube. 2 minutes – Boom.

 So the short answer is no. For a subject like photography, I don’t think it’s necessary to go to photography school. My photography friends who did all say it wasn’t necessary, and on top of that, it was expensive.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Laurie

    Thanks, Christine! Now I know how to open a coconut. Like you, I’d put my other hand behind my back as well. It looks scary!

  2. Armaine

    i’m planning to took up a photography class but reading this blog confuse me now.
    I want to be great photographer like you someday. 🙂

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