Photography Adult Education: An Overview
If you are interested in learning more about taking pictures with your digital or still camera, or if you would like to make a career out of photography, you can find a course or program to suit your needs. Photography courses are offered at adult education centers, colleges, universities, and art schools everywhere.
Interested in photography as a hobby? Perhaps you'd like to learn more about it - learn some of the tricks the pros use. Or perhaps you, too, would like to become a professional photographer, and turn your hobby into an exciting career! Why not investigate photography classes offered at a college, university, or art school near you?
Photography Classes for the Hobbyist
Photography classes are always one of the most popular offerings at adult education centers. You can learn from professional photographers - everything from the basics to advanced studio techniques. Course offerings might include:
- Digital Cameras and Photography for Beginners
- The Art of Photography
- Digital Photo Editing
- Turn Your Photos into DVD Movies
Photography Classes for the Aspiring Professional
If you are serious about making a career out of photography, you will need to enroll in a professional preparation program which will include not only coursework in photography techniques (both digital and still camera) but also coursework in the business of photography - how to market your services. Courses may include:
- Portrait Photography
- Commercial Photography
- Portfolio Preparation
- Digital Imaging Workflow
- Tools and Techniques of Digital Imaging
- Digital Capture
- Digital Foundations
- Studio Operations
- Studio Layout and Design
- Packaging and Allied Products
Salaries will, of course, vary by what type of photography you are engaged in - are you photographing children at the mall, or soldiers in a war zone, or models on a runway? The median annual salary for professional photographers is $26,080 according to the 2005 Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.BLS.gov), with the low end of the range being $15,000 or below and the high end of the range being $54,180 and above.
Employment opportunities for photographers are expected to grow by 9% to 17% through the year 2014 as projected by the 2005 Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.BLS.gov). The greatest areas of expansion should be portrait photography and commercial photography.
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