A question many starting photographers ask a lot is “Do I need formal training to be a good photographer?”. This is a question I ask in all my interviews with professional photographers, and the answer varies as you will see.
Here are some of the answers from previous interviews.
“if getting a college degree is important and you have the money or someone else has the money to put you through photography college, then by all means, go for it. But if you’re not blessed with excess amounts of money and a diploma doesn’t really mean too much to you, then take workshops, start assisting and test all the time with your own work!”
“There are a lot of professionals who are amazing photographers and are self‑taught. You need a certain amount of training just to understand how the camera works”
“No. As in any artistic field, you learn by doing, and I’ve done a lot.”
“Nothing replaces trial and error and experience”
“If you have no training whatsoever, It’s kind of limiting. I don’t think it’s critical, but it’s desirable”
“I think what is most important is to work a lot, whether you have formal training or not”
“Yes. It is important to master the technical aspects. If you don’t, you’ll never be a good photographer”
I’ll end with my own opinion. I am a person that learns by watching, and then doing. So, in my case, I found I needed a good solid training to pursue my photography. I took a professional photography course, and at times attend workshops. This exposes me to new ways of working that I can apply to my photography. Also, I get to learn from the experience of people who have many more years on the job than me, and that’s invaluable.
This is just a small part of several interviews I did with professional photographers. I put them together in an ebook you can have for free. Just fill in your name and email below, and I’ll send you the book “Smart Photography Tips from 7 Successful Photographers”, as well as regular photography tips.
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