Today's digital cameras are loaded with all sorts or pre-set "modes" and features that make it almost effortless for someone to capture images and scenes at their very best. Unfortunately, there are still dozens of events and moments that call for a special understanding of the lighting, ISO and other camera settings in order to accurately record the scene.
Anyone particularly interested in learning more about photography will find a host of "how to" books and guides, but their best bet for really learning how to use even the most basic equipment is to attend one of the many photography schools available.
Where are photography schools in my area? This question is easily answered by an old-fashioned search of the local yellow pages telephone directory, but the Internet is also an excellent option. Through a simple search engine a consumer will find a host of local, regional and online photography schools where they can enroll in courses or even degree programs.
There are some guidelines however to selecting the right photography schools for each individual's needs. For example, someone seeking to understand the basics of digital photography need not enroll in an entire certification program, and the best photography schools will offer such a diversity of options in coursework or degree programs.
To begin with, a potential student should assess what they want to gain from their educational experience. There are currently photography schools dedicated to photojournalism, technical expertise, dark room skills, as well as the full range of other photographic topics, and a potential student should target their search based upon that.
Additionally, there are many local resources such as ongoing education and adult education in public schools that present adults with the chance to attend several weeks of classes in order to receive a focused education in one particular area or subject.
Photography schools are a great way to also begin an entirely new career path, and because many of these institutions are aware of this fact, they offer online and evening classes that provide students with the chance to learn while keeping their regular, full time employment.
Anyone interested in attending one of the many photography schools should ensure that their degree or certification will be from an accredited agency however, and this is especially true for anyone hoping to eventually make photography their career. Many major universities and state colleges with arts programs will generally have photography schools attached to their facility, and if not they will generally be able to direct an interested student to a local or nearby, and accredited, school.
What kind of full time careers can someone with a degree from one of the professional photography schools pursue? While there are the obvious photographic careers, including portrait, commercial and artistic photographers, there are also many modern facets to professional pursuits in this area as well. Interestingly many students will focus on media that goes a bit beyond just "still" photography, for example many graduates of photography schools pursue careers in video photography, macro photography and commercial imagery, as well as micro and scientific photography also.