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What classes do I take for photography?

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Carrie’s Answer

If you are just starting out, a great way to get started is to take a class at your high school if available. You also may find that local art centers have classes for beginners. The city closest to me actually has an art center that has a dark room that teaches photography with film processing and digital editing as well.

Carrie recommends the following next steps:

You don't have to wait for a class- Practice taking photos and learn what you style/look you like.
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David’s Answer

Hello Anna, If your school offers a photography class, that would be a great start. And, if your school has a yearbook staff, that would be good to gain experience producing images. I also recommend taking art classes, since photography is an art. Possibly, your school, or town, library has books on photography. Other than being comfortable with a digital camera, I find being curious is an invaluable asset for a photographer. Look at the photographs of established professional photographers.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Anna,

I think that you can get started with a photography book for more information. I would say that you should just get started on taking images, whether on a device or a DSLR camera. The greatest challenge with photography is finding what you want to do with your photography. Do you want to take pictures of people or places? How do you want to use your photography? To document your life or to make a living? I am a photography hobbyist, but it gives me great joy learning all that I can about photography to improve the photos that I share with others. I also enter various photography contests.

There are classes offered on platforms like LinkedIn Learning, who have wonderful classes that are easy to follow, but the platform has some expense. I am not sure how old you are, but I would recommend a free online class called "A Year with my Camera". You will get weekly emails with tasks. The only expense is if you want to order workbooks which are available from Amazon. The course begins once a quarter and takes you through 52 weeks of assignments, starting with the basics.

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Miranda’s Answer

The thing I love about photography is that you don't need a degree to make a living out of it. It really comes down to experience, and getting experience is as easy as starting. You'll want to understand the basics of taking a good photo and then learning the ways of Photoshop and Lightroom to edit your photos, but you can easily find classes or meetups around your town that will group you with other people learning the same thing (the Meetup app makes this easy).

I went to school primarily for digital design, but there were several photography students in the same graphic design classes I took; for classes, I would focus on classes in any range of creative expression as those are the ones that will challenge you to learn different mediums. It sounds like a stretch, but the more well-rounded you are in different creative fields, the better you can hone in on one special facet. Good luck!
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