Photography schools address the needs of growing number of career amateurs going into professional photography. Like every profession, photography involves a set of skills, procedures, terminology and equipment. But unlike some professions, it is one field that has attracted mass number of amateurs in recent years.
Photography schools teach basic and advance photography classes. Entry-level posts in most photography occupations require formal training because the job requires technical proficiency in photo taking and editing. Advanced classes are for those wanting to specialize as a photojournalist, portrait or fine arts commercial and industrial photographer.
A photography degree should cover equipment use and maintenance, processes, techniques and composition. Integrated also are a variety of art classes such as world art studies, color theory and practice, history of photography, art theory and criticism, and constructing digital images.
Technical skills can be taught in photography schools but creativity, innovation and passion are qualities that should be inherent in a would-be professional photographer. The photography profession requires a blend of technical expertise, creativity and other specific skills that are relevant to the career specialization. A portrait photographer should be good at interacting with people and making them feel comfortable; a photojournalist needs to have an interest in current world events; while a wildlife photographer, needs patience and persistence. Self-employed (freelance) photographers on the other hand should have keen business sense.
Professional photography is an interesting career choice and a highly competitive field. It is a career option for people who are attracted to the idea of making a living through use of creative talents (there are more people interested in becoming a photographer than there are steady available jobs to support them.) In general, future demand for skilled and creative photographers should increase therefore the need for photography schools will continue.