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What classes would I need to take or what would I need to do to be considered a professional Photographer?

How would I get to the point of being consider a professional photographer? #photography

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Dennis’s Answer

Basically all you need to demonstrate that you can do professional work as a photographer is to show a professional portfolio of your images. To actually survive as a professional photographer, however, you need to know how to operate profitably as a business.

You are not likely to be able to separate yourself from the thousands of other wannabe photographers unless you can master professional lighting techniques. That can be done most cost effectively by taking workshops, investing in lighting equipment, and practicing.

I believe that a degree in photography from a university is a waste of time and money. I do recommend a well-rounded college education that will serve you well to at least be able to compete in an increasingly difficult industry.
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Patricia’s Answer

Hi Desiree,

I went to a technical college to get a certificate in photography. We took classes on the basics of how cameras work and design elements. Once you understand composition and the camera you will start taking classes to master using those things to take great photos. We took lighting classes, film photography classes and digital photography. Remember that while you might be able to take good pictures you also need to understand and be proficient in photo editing software. I took photoshop, lightroom, and a few other adobe software classes. One thing a lot of people forget when taking these classes to be a great photographer is the business side. If you want to be a professional photographer you will need to be able to understand and run your business. You will need to create a brand for yourself to stand apart from the millions of other people trying to do the same thing with less skill than you.

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David’s Answer

Hi Desiree,

Well, classes, alone, will not make you a professional photographer. A professional photographer is someone who can consistently produce the images his clients pay for. As a professional, you are saying you can produce quality photographs upon demand. It means you own the gear and know how to use it to create those photos.

As far as classes go, take ones that teach you how a camera works and how to use that knowledge to capture good images. I would use the Internet and your library to explore the different genres of photography. Study images that are considered excellent. Look at the websites of photographers who shoot the kind of assignments you are interested in.

I wish all the best as you continue your life journey.

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Sujeesh’s Answer

Photography need creative mind. Theory/practical classes help you build basics about equipment and various photography technique. Take some photos on your mobile and see how it is coming.

Do some internet study on the photography, follow some decent profession photographer and analyse the pictures. if you are a creative thinker then you can do better photography.

Try some experiment with you mobile/or any camera.
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