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Take a Shot at Success with a Photography Degree

Whether you're an aspiring shutterbug or a photo pro, you may find that a picture-perfect career awaits you in photography. But before you get snapping, learn what it takes to make it in the field and what you'll need to learn at photography school before you can get there.

Skills for the Shots
Some people think that photography is as easy as pose-and-smile, point-and-shoot. But real photography–the kind that captures the essence of a subject in a memorable way­–requires more than blind luck and a quick shutter-finger. Materials, lighting, angles, and composition all must be taken into account before and after a moment makes it to film. While some of these techniques can be self-taught, the majority are best learned from professionals and veterans of the field. That's where photography training at a top-notch photography school comes in.


The Right Exposure
From technical institutes and career schools, to universities and community colleges, a photography degree is available most anywhere. And where you go is largely dependent on what you want to do. The photography industry consists of so many specializations and sub-fields, that it's important to focus your talent and training on getting the skills and credentials from a photography school that counts. If you're interested in being a photojournalist, for example, you'd do well to choose a photography school that offers media internships or one that runs a prominent school magazine or student newspaper. Submitting and gaining exposure for your photos is a sure way to build up an impressive portfolio and reputation.


Getting Your Career in Focus
Photojournalism is just one of several career fields available to ambitious photographers. While media- and entertainment-minded students flock to magazines and newspapers, students who crave a more personal and family touch may choose to work as portrait photographers, using their skills to turn bland family shots into mini-masterpieces. Even the most scientific-minded of students can find themselves a niche in the photography industry by working as nature or science photographers. Photography careers are also available with various commercial and industrial industries, which regularly need photographers to shoot advertisements, take photos for books and catalogs, and capture a first-hand look of everyday business. Choosing the right photography school will get you started down the path to your  professional passion.

Snap at Potential
Despite the increased popularity of digital cameras and photo software, there will always be a need for trained photography professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, photographers held approximately 129,000 jobs in 2004, and that figure is expected to grow by nine to 17 percent by 2014.

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