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Find Out Why Attending Photography Classes Is Important

Aug 17, 2007
Are you going to take up photography as a profession or hobby? You should definitely consider attending a photography course. Many colleges, photography schools and studios offer their services in making you a better photographer. Online photography classes are also available. This article briefly discusses typical photography classes as well as their advantages.

Learning Photography

Nowadays, it is possible to learn photography and to become a professional photographer whoever you are and wherever you live. You can attend either online or conventional photography classes.

In the first case, you will receive lessons in a form of computer documents or applications. Although these lessons may be rich and informative, they surely can't replace classic photography school with its darkroom and workshop. However, in certain situations online courses may be a good alternative.

Education in conventional photography school is the most common way of professional studying photography. Usually the lesson represents a lecture, during which students are taught by instructor. Besides that, students participate in practical lessons that may be taken indoors (studio, laboratory) or outdoors. As soon as lecture and practice time is over, students have to pass some kind of a test or exam. Finally, the students graduate in professional photographers.

In order to attend professional photography classes, you should typically have a High School diploma as well as necessary equipment, which includes a manual control camera and supplies. No special photography knowledge is required. Some schools may offer course for children.

Common Photography Classes

A typical class includes about 20 hours, half of which is spent in photography studio, laboratory or darkroom. Here is the list of photography classes included in the most part of professional programs.

Photography basics: covers basic thing like cameras, camera handling, film types, lenses, exposure mechanism, and depth of field.

Traditional darkroom: teaches film developing, contact sheets as well as various printing techniques for the darkroom.

Composition and creative elements: covers depth of field, classic composition rules such as the rule of thirds, and other creative and compositional elements.

Color photography: studies the basics of color photography, like color film characteristics, color as seen and photographed, white balancing, working with professional color laboratories, and the psychological and aesthetics aspects of color photography.

Studio lighting: studies studio lighting systems as well as how to work with various light sources.

Portraiture: the study of traditional portrait styles, light ratios, posing the subject, and advanced portraiture techniques.

Less common photography classes cover digital photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, portfolio production and so on.
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