President at Dennis Cox LLC
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Yes, a broad liberal arts education and/or business education would not only be good for a career in photography or any other field, but would make you a more knowledgeable citizen as well. I had zero courses in photography in college and believe they would have been largely a waste of time if I had. I believe photographic skills can be learned through workshops and self-taught, especially now that photography is easier than ever in the the digital world. My concern for anyone going into photography now is that it has become so easy nearly anyone can do it and call themselves a professional. And the proliferation of photographers has made the business much more competitive and driven down earnings. Is it still possible to make a living at it? I'd guess it's possible for a few if they are very resourceful and can offer a unique vision combined with acute business savvy.