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Within the halls of a school dedicated to the study of photography, you'll be composing, snapping, and editing photographs in a blaze of artistic bliss. But as satisfying as this creative process can be for the budding photographer, it doesn't allow you to get a sense of the full scope of activities that a professional photographer must engage in. Before you leave photography school, try to get some solid photography work experience under your belt, because chances are, it will be quite unlike your previous classroom encounters.

Work. Study. (And Play)

Homework and a full courseload are no excuse for you to dismiss the idea of getting a photography job on the side. In fact, both work and study can be intertwined into a series of experiences that play off of and strengthen each other. Take your camera with you during your on campus job. You might get paid for taking photographs for a college dance group's spring show, become a photojournalist for the school newspaper, or work in the photography darkroom part-time after classes. There are always opportunities for an aspiring photographer to gain workplace experience, especially in the highly specialized and welcoming environment of an art school. Perhaps classmates will be asking you to take pictures of their pieces for their portfolio, for example, or a photography instructor whom you inspect is looking for an assistant. In fact, many of the jobs that campus photographers are recruited for have hidden perks. If a fraternity pays you to walk around taking pictures at their annual formal, for example, that means that you get a free invite and the chance to chat and eat in between snapping shots. Or if parties aren't your thing, what about pictures of a football game for the sports section of a local paper? Work, study, and play will never again be as compatible as they are during your years pursuing your photography degree, so grab your camera and take advantage of the fact!

Summer Shootin'

Summer is a time to do more than just laze around and take trips to the beach. Or at least if those trips are a necessity, bring your camera along! One great way to get work experience during a school vacation is to find a magazine looking to hire travel photographers for their upcoming summer issue. Photographs of exotic locales are always in demand and hold a special place in any photographer's portfolio. For opportunities closer to home, begin your search by looking into your college's network for alumni and affiliated companies who might be hiring interns. Or simply scour online job-hunting websites and local classified for firms looking for a summer worker. If that search turns up no results, then take matters quite literally into your own hands. Nothing speaks more about your determination than actually visiting local photography studios and galleries on foot, with a resume and your portfolio on hand. Do you seek more first-hand experience from your summer occupation, and chafe at the idea of working under another photographer? Then see how running a summer business works out for you: sell originals and prints at art conventions or in an online shop, or hire yourself out as a freelancer to an organization that might need a few good photos. Wherever your college vacations take you, bring your camera along with an eye for both a good angle and a good opportunity.

Never let up. Make sure that you continually polish your out-of-classroom photography skills during your college experience. Learn how to network, how to haggle with printers, pick up business do's and don'ts from more experienced photographers. Keep yourself exposed to the photography industry, and the transition from school to work will be all the easier for you upon graduation.

 





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Ventura College Advertising | Animation | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects Two-year school Ventura, CA 14395 City Public
Central Michigan University Advertising | Architecture | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Mount Pleasant, MI 27247 Town/Rural Public
Columbia College - Chicago Advertising | Animation | Arts Management | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Chicago, IL 12127 City Private
Southwestern College Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Chula Vista, CA 21597 Suburb Public
Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Bayamon, PR 5245 Suburb Private
Los Angeles City College Advertising | Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Los Angeles, CA 19873 City Public
Montserrat College of Art Animation | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Photography | Visual Effects Four-year school Beverly, MA 339 Suburb Private
Indiana Wesleyan University Advertising | Animation | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Illustration | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects Four-year school Marion, IN 15345 Town/Rural Private
The New School Architecture | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school New York, NY 10260 City Private
Maine College of Art Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Illustration | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Portland, ME 325 City Private
Irvine Valley College Animation | CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Irvine, CA 13294 City Public
Grand Valley State University Advertising | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Allendale, MI 24408 Suburb Public
Holyoke Community College Advertising | Film, Video, TV | Photography Two-year school Holyoke, MA 7473 Town/Rural Public
North Idaho College Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Coeur d'Alene, ID 5659 City Public
Cuyahoga Community College District Advertising | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography Two-year school Cleveland, OH 29807 City Public
International Academy of Design and Technology - Nashville Animation | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects Four-year school Nashville, TN 695 City Private
Kansas City Art Institute Animation | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Kansas City, MO 690 City Private
Carteret Community College Film, Video, TV | Interior Design | Photography Two-year school Morehead City, NC 1872 Town/Rural Public
Western Kentucky University Advertising | Architecture | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Bowling Green, KY 20712 City Public
Odessa College Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Film, Video, TV | Photography Two-year school Odessa, TX 5132 City Public
Briarcliffe College Graphic Design | Photography Four-year school Bethpage, NY 1779 Suburb Private
Bucks County Community College Advertising | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Newtown, PA 11009 Suburb Public
Miami Ad School - Miami Beach Advertising | Photography Two-year school Miami Beach, FL 181 City Private
Mohawk Valley Community College - Utica Branch Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Utica, NY 6667 City Public
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Advertising | Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Minneapolis, MN 10618 City Public
Antonelli College - Cincinnati Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography Two-year school Cincinnati, OH 445 City Private
Harrington College of Design Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography Four-year school Chicago, IL 1067 City Private
Kilgore College Advertising | Architecture | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Kilgore, TX 6375 Town/Rural Public
Cerritos College Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects Two-year school Norwalk, CA 21776 Suburb Public
Highland Community College Advertising | CAD, Drafting | Photography Two-year school Highland, KS 3698 Town/Rural Public
Texas Christian University Advertising | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Fort Worth, TX 8853 City Private
Delaware College of Art and Design Animation | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Wilmington, DE 226 City Private
Concordia University - Wisconsin Advertising | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Mequon, WI 7178 Town/Rural Private
Swarthmore College Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Swarthmore, PA 1525 Suburb Private
The Art Institute of Salt Lake City Animation | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Draper, UT 439 Suburb Private
Grossmont College Animation | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Illustration | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school El Cajon, CA 20335 Suburb Public
University of Hartford Architecture | Arts Management | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Illustration | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school West Hartford, CT 7212 City Private
The Art Institute of Atlanta Advertising | Animation | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Atlanta, GA 3871 City Private
Fitchburg State University Architecture | Arts Management | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Fitchburg, MA 7043 Suburb Public
College of Southern Nevada Animation | Architecture | Arts Management | CAD, Drafting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Las Vegas, NV 42108 City Public
Red Rocks Community College Animation | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Lakewood, CO 9143 Suburb Public
Bennington College Animation | Architecture | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects Four-year school Bennington, VT 808 Town/Rural Private
Syracuse University Advertising | Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Syracuse, NY 19638 City Private
Harford Community College CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Bel Air, MD 6656 Town/Rural Public
Casper College Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Casper, WY 4478 City Public
Hartnell College Animation | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Salinas, CA 10451 City Public
Des Moines Area Community College Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Photography Two-year school Ankeny, IA 22324 Suburb Public
Madison Media Institute Animation | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Madison, WI 420 Town/Rural Private
The Art Center Design College - Albuquerque Advertising | Animation | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects Four-year school Albuquerque, NM 252 City Private
California Institute of the Arts Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Valencia, CA 1399 Suburb Private



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