Is it worth taking photography classes before starting a business?

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Album cover assignment

Album cover assignment

I have had a few people ask me how I got into photography and if it’s even worth taking a course to start a business. Not everyone who has a photography business went to college or completed a course, in fact a lot of people are self taught. I begin self taught, I spent hours studying at home, learning about my camera and how to take a good picture. I’d go out and photograph anything and everything to practice angles and composition and using the light effectively. But to me, this was not enough so I decided to go ahead and book a photography course. I searched around for the best photography course for me and found The British Academy of Photography.

Graduation day

Graduation day

This course had everything I wanted to learn and it fit perfectly around my schedule and my ‘stay-at-home-mum’ lifestyle. The first class was your standard ‘get to know each other’ and ‘get to know the tutors’, then we quickly dived into learning about our cameras. I took to the course straight away and looked forward to every Saturday to learn more.

I decided to start my business half way through the course. You could say I was a little impatient and couldn’t actually hold myself back from starting up. It was shortly after we had a model come to our class for a studio lighting and posing day that I fell in love with photographing people. The course had helped me realise which area of photography I truly wanted to get in to. So, in my opinion being a self taught photographer is a good way to go, but a photography course will give you a strong foundation of knowledge and a firm kick start in confidence to start up your business. Honestly, I don’t think I’d have started my business confidently without it.

Magazine/Movie cover assignment

Magazine/Movie cover assignment

Being a very sociable butterfly, I enjoy being around people so an in-class course worked best for me. Online courses are offered as well for those who can’t make the classes.
I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful friends who I am still in contact with today. That’s the beauty of it, by making friends you can help each other out, ask each other for advice and push each other on. It makes it more fun and increases motivation.

The courses cover many areas of photography from studio to outdoors, using flash and using natural light. They also cover the history of photography and research on famous photographers throughout time. I found all subjects very fascinating and I enjoyed learning about things I would not have learnt if I was self taught. It most definitely has made me a more passionate photographer and more appreciative of its art. I love it!

I was very successful during the course and it was a huge accomplishment completing it and earning my diploma. The academy asked to share my story to inspire others who are looking to start a business. You can read it here https://www.baph.co.uk/blog/emily-miller–becoming-a-successful-photographer

Completing the course has been a massive achievement in my life and I would do it all over again if I could. I can’t recommend The British Academy of Photography enough and if you’re thinking of doing a course in photography then look no further and get in contact with them. (No they did not pay me to say this) To me it wasn’t just about the qualification, it was about meeting people in the industry and building my knowledge of the business.

If you have any questions or your’e thinking of taking on a course in photography then please get in touch and I’d be happy to chat with you.

Graduation day. Tutor - Rob

Graduation day. Tutor – Rob

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