Post # 1
I was just reading another thread and there were some interesting links to determine if a wedding/baby/portrait photographer was “legit” or more of a “fauxtographer.” I am just curious…how many of the photographers you Bees hired for your wedding actually went to an Art or Photography school, or studied photography? Photographers often list this on their blogs/websites. From what I can tell, I don’t think mine did, although I am in love with her work!
***I am NOT saying that photographers MUST go to school, or that if they don’t they are awful. And I am DEFINITELY not bashing either…I know there are many talented people who have not “technically” gone to school or studied in their profession…I am just curious.***
Post # 3
I go to art school myself and I’m having a school friend do our photos for us. I don’t think it’s necessary though. Plenty of people intern or apprentice with a pro photographer and they learn the same technical skills they would in art school. it all depends. Just because someone goes to art school doesn’t mean they are so great either.
Post # 4
It’s funny, that is one thing I didn’t even look at when deciding on a photographer, that said I looked on her website and yes, she did major in art and photography and then worked under a photojournalist for 7 years before getting into weddings…
I really think good photography will speak for itself though, the first thing I looked at when I was finding a photographer was the actual pictures… I weeded out a lot just by doing that! 🙂
Post # 5
Photography is not a profession. There is no degree, test, or license necessary, and anyone can do it. This is why you see so many newcomers “trying” to start up shop with their digital rebels and kit lenses.
10 yrs ago, most photographers went to school or had training. They had dark room experience and knew how to shoot on a film camera, and use a lightmeter. Professional equipment was very expensive and to start a business was a serious investment.
Today, digital cameras have a lot of advantages. No film, unlimited shots = no cost, the instant preview to know if you are really messing things up, and affordable prices. All these things are drawing people to the business that have little or no schooling. The talented few that can self learn and are dedicated often succeed, and there are many quality photographers out there that have had no formal schooling. There are also photographers out there with and without schooling that have no business calling themself a pro.