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    Do you really need photo school to be a pro?

    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
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    Of course not, but if you are about to chose an education anyway and are already decided that your goal is to work with photography, it would be a bit stupid to take on an education to become a doctor...

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    Over here up to recently one was only allowed offering commercial photography after having gained a diploma in one of three formal trainings (vocational school, universities of applied sciences).

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    I believe it helps, I have a three year degree form a community college program , I sure as hell wish I had continued and got my Masters.

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    In US anyway, you can get into any occupation that does not involve professional licensing or certification with no formal education or training. However, getting such training may be the easiest way to get into one and convince potential clients you can do the job. (which is not always true...)
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    No, more than anything you need the talent and drive to rise above your competition...

    In the late 80's, I was working with a rather well known figure in aviation photography on a book. At first, I just wanted to assist him but he asked to see my work and upon reviewing some Kodachromes in a sheet of 20, he asked me if I wanted to co-illustrate the book. As we worked together, I told him I wanted to go to Brooks Institute in Santa Barbra, CA.

    He said he did not think it would give me much since I already had what a lot of the students did not, a good eye and to instead just get busy getting to work.

    He was right and here I am 22 years later still going strong.

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    If you don't have any people skills, yes. The drinking and sleeping around will help a great deal. I'm guessing everything else you can do on your own with a bit of networking, common sense and hard work. That's what I'm working on.
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    It think it's great remembering your mentors

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    He was right and here I am 22 years later still going strong.

    RIP my mentor and good friend George Hall....
    I still remember all my mentors. So far, none has passed on yet. I'm still grateful for their advice that school doesn't teach us. Most of them went to Art Center in Pasadena.
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM-25 View Post
    No, more than anything you need the talent and drive to rise above your competition...

    In the late 80's, I was working with a rather well known figure in aviation photography on a book. At first, I just wanted to assist him but he asked to see my work and upon reviewing some Kodachromes in a sheet of 20, he asked me if I wanted to co-illustrate the book. As we worked together, I told him I wanted to go to Brooks Institute in Santa Barbra, CA.

    He said he did not think it would give me much since I already had what a lot of the students did not, a good eye and to instead just get busy getting to work.

    He was right and here I am 22 years later still going strong.

    RIP my mentor and good friend George Hall....
    Only if you have the business sense, which is exactly what I lack and I think what I need from school, and that's my main fault, I can take a picture, but I can't sell it... haha, so sometimes you DO need school, if nothing else for contacts...

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    I did.. I recieved a BFA in photo in 98. I figured it's another feather in cap.

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