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    Default Where do Professional Photographers come from?

    Just wondering, how do you guys (professional photographers) become one?

    did you guys
    1) go to a professional photography school
    2) go practice as an apprentice
    3) learn it as a hobby and then jump in...swim or sink??
    4) others???

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    I went to photography school in the US many, many years ago and graduated with Master of Fine Arts in Photography. I am still pretty much an old school.

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    I only graduated with a BFA, thought of doing my MFA, but I figured getting some practical experience and found a job working for a commercial photographer. Once I started working I didn't realy feel like going back to school.

    My mentor was old school, he graduated from Art Center College of Design when it was in downtown LA. Now that's old school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    I went to photography school in the US many, many years ago and graduated with Master of Fine Arts in Photography. I am still pretty much an old school.
    Quote Originally Posted by hondasleeper View Post
    I only graduated with a BFA, thought of doing my MFA, but I figured getting some practical experience and found a job working for a commercial photographer. Once I started working I didn't realy feel like going back to school.

    My mentor was old school, he graduated from Art Center College of Design when it was in downtown LA. Now that's old school.
    Do you guys know a good old school to recommend in Asia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blowblue View Post
    Do you guys know a good old school to recommend in Asia?
    There is one in Taipei known as Fotosoft Institute of Photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blowblue View Post
    Do you guys know a good old school to recommend in Asia?
    Nihon University
    Department of Photography, College of Arts
    Japan
    2-42-1, Asahigaoka, Nerima-ku
    Tokyo 176-8525
    Tel: (03) 5995-8210

    You will learn the most basic skills such as darkroom techniques, Zone System, etc.
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    They come from www.canongraphers.com

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    we come from photography planet! our spaceship crashed into earth atmosphere during a rountine space photography mission.

    seriously, i got a business degree but fell in love with photography. started assisting since 2001 and never look back since.

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    I am asking cuz I am looking at the possibility of applying for a photography school. Which other schools do you guys enroll in? Anyone from European or American school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blowblue View Post
    I am asking cuz I am looking at the possibility of applying for a photography school. Which other schools do you guys enroll in? Anyone from European or American school?
    You don't need a school. You need a mentor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wazzup View Post
    You don't need a school. You need a mentor.
    I have been looking for a mentor for a long long time. Can you introduce someone to me...

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    Default Re: Where do Professional Photographers come from?

    study business first

    pick up photography along the way
    assist a commercial photographer to build network of contacts
    build a good reputation along the way

    mix with the right ppl

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholas68 View Post
    I have been looking for a mentor for a long long time. Can you introduce someone to me...
    Try Knight Ong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wazzup View Post
    Try Knight Ong.
    Are there any others out there? Just curious..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wazzup View Post
    Try Knight Ong.
    I have no think, who is he..

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    You don't need a school. You need a mentor.
    That all you need
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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    study business first

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    study business first

    pick up photography along the way
    assist a commercial photographer to build network of contacts
    build a good reputation along the way

    mix with the right ppl

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    So I guess most of the professional photographers in Singapore have learned their skills from their apprenticeship instead of being with the old school (attending professional photography programs in school)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    study business first

    pick up photography along the way
    assist a commercial photographer to build network of contacts
    build a good reputation along the way

    mix with the right ppl


    Darn, I put the cart before the horse!!!

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