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Thread started 19 May 2011 (Thursday) 15:05
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POLL: "Do you have a degree in photography? Is it your job or a hobby?"
I have a degree in photography - it's my job.
I have a degree in photography - it's my hobby.
I do NOT have a degree in photography - it's my job.
I do NOT have a degree in photography - it's my hobby.

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How many of you have a degree in photography? Job or a hobby?

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May 20, 2011 11:52 |  #16

It's just a hobby for me and I do not have a degree in Photography! :)

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May 23, 2011 17:58 |  #17

no degree just a hobby

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May 23, 2011 18:29 as a reply to  @ HighDef's post |  #18

I decided to obtain a degree in nursing and that has provided a good income and great employment opportunities both in traditional nursing and areas outside of the traditional role

For me there was no decision, it was the one that gave me guaranteed stability for that family. Those were my priorities...and continue to be. The fact that I had a comfortable lifestyle was merely a side benefit.

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May 25, 2011 01:09 |  #19

Hobby hobby hobby :D

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May 28, 2011 10:49 |  #20

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I don't and do it pt but plan to go ft next year. My current job is steady but I'd rather be happy with potentially (and most likely) less income than continue being a drone. One of my friends who's significantly older than I am (I'm almost 24 and he's bordering 50) quit his job and is going through the Art Institute and keeps telling me to go but I learn at an abnormally quick pace and find school slow (not trying to toot my own horn) but to each their own.

I'm not going to pay for school for something I can learn shooting on my own and at my own pace while building up a client base in the process. Sure some of the contacts in the school would be nice and I'm sure it impresses other people but it's just not for some folks including myself. I do, however, plan to take individual classes for the stuff I want to improve on like posing models and working more with different light techniques.

Just some thoughts. I am retired from the military after being wounded in combat after almost 13 years of service. I had a break in service and worked as a police officer, and I have also worked heavily in construction and as a welder. During these times I had always wanted to be a photographer, but you have to live, and in this economy I would be very weary of doing any serious switch in your droning mundane job unless you had a substantial savings to fall back on.

On school, I am now burning up my GI bill with the Art Institute on line and I love it. As for learning at a fast pace, I hear ya. I have an above average IQ and learn quite fast as well, but these classes do more than teach you how to tell your subject how to pose and how to work your camera. These courses give you a better knowledge of art and artistic concepts all together. Knowing what made the great painters do what they did will not only give you a better idea of how to take compelling shots, but it will also develop your ability to see these things for yourself. A good understanding on art history, color theories, and design concepts are never a bad thing to learn as a photographer.

On line AI classes are like anything else, you get out of them what you put into them. I know plenty of people that breeze through school and never truly learn anything, but a person that learns quick, such as yourself, will be better suited to absorb that knowledge properly and be able to grow from it. Knowing what makes a good photo and knowing why that makes a good photo are two different things I believe. If you know why something makes a photo better, then you will have a better grasp on how to implement it and add to it in your photography. Stuff like this can be learned on your own, but it comes quicker and better understood through a well structured curriculum. I have already been to college once before and had allot of the same feelings you did, but (and I know you don't want to hear this, as I didn't either) but as I got older I got a new outlook on learning and what it can do for you if approached the proper way. Sometimes we need to grow a bit more before we can truly learn.

My point on the above, when I went through the police academy I had some college, but my friend that went through it with me had a degree in criminal justice. I immediately was hired after the academy, and he continues to this day to work in a pawn shop that he worked in during college. Why? I had the motivation to succeed, and he just settled on what he was doing. He didn't have the drive I did. Had I the education he did I don't think it would have made me a better officer, as I would have not approached the school in the proper way back then. Now days it would be different. I would have been more oriented to learn what they were teaching me and take it beyond the basics, rather than just learn to pass the class.

This is just my 2 pennies.

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May 28, 2011 11:18 as a reply to  @ DM1975's post |  #21

No poll option for me. Studied Commercial Photography for four years at college level, attaining a Diploma of Fine Arts (Photography).

Spent 28 years working as a pro photographer, 17 of those as a photojournalist for a large print media group. I also taught photography for a couple of years, part time.. Retired from pro photography in mid 2007 so now I class myself as a hobbyist but I still shoot the occasional paid gig.

Now teaching English language in a developing country. I've been asked by the college where I teach at to run a photography course next term. Should be fun.

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May 28, 2011 12:00 |  #22

Hobby but I'd like to make some money with it.

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