Is becoming a photographer right for me?

The first step to choosing a career is to make sure you are actually willing to commit to pursuing the career. You don’t want to waste your time doing something you don’t want to do. If you’re new here, you should read about:

What do photographers do?
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Are photographers happy with their careers?
What are photographers like?

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How to become a Photographer

There are several types of photography programs to choose from, from the certificate level all the way up to the master’s level. Each program is designed to match a student’s goals and level of commitment, as students typically choose to focus on one specific area or niche.

  • Certificate programs vary by school and are usually offered at community colleges. They can often be completed in just a few quarters, allowing students to learn the basics of photography.
  • Associate degrees typically take two years to finish, are more technical, and offer stronger photography and arts backgrounds.
  • Bachelor’s degrees are four-year programs and can give graduates a competitive edge in the marketplace (photojournalists or industrial or scientific photographers generally need bachelor's degrees).
  • Master’s degrees are available for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and take two years to complete. Master's degrees can lead to management positions such as art director or senior photographer.

Internships can also provide students with the opportunity to participate in workshops/fieldwork to explore various aspects of photography both in studio and on location. Employers prefer those who have been formally trained versus amateurs who may not have enough knowledge in the technical and creative aspects of photography.