Photo By Will Folsom
I saw a flyer the other day for a photography school that said “Why not turn your passion into a career?” It started me wondering, what exactly is out there for someone with a degree in photography? I have some friends that have gone to some very prestigious schools with very deep photography programs. Each of them have all been of the same opinion, which is that they see a hard road ahead for anyone looking to turn a photo degree into a full-time career. It’s almost like the schools are selling a false bill of goods that says get our degree and you will be well on your way.
That certainly might have been the case 15 to 20 years ago but in today’s economy with the level of competition, I just don’t see that being the case. Of course colleges and universities have always been full of degree programs that have little, if any possibility of translating into a career but for some reason, it just feels like the photography market is such a different animal than it used to be.
If I had to advise someone in high school with aspirations of getting a degree in photography I would probably tell them to think broader. Don’t just lock yourself into photography but to think multi-media. Having versatility in video, web, graphics, and design will make them much more marketable. Having multiple skill-sets is almost a given these days. It’s not enough to just take a pretty picture. Even in the field of photojournalism, having multimedia skills will put you at the forefront of where the market is going.
Of course this is just my opinion and I would love to know what you think about the subject so please feel free to drop a comment and share.