Question for working photographers

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  1. Luna

    Luna TPF Noob!

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  2. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've seen the same question asked in several forums where the vast majority are professionals.

    The answer is not surprising. About 70% have a formal degree in one thing or another, but only about 20% have a formal education in photography.

    Like any form of certification in ANY profession, it is no guarantee of proficiency or quality, it is merely a way to get your foot into the business, and whether you are shown the door or not all depends on your final results.

    However, I did notice something very interesting... some of the most successful photographers are not only excellent at taking pictures, but have a *STRONG* business savvy and excellent customer service skills. These people are usually business people that have lasted longer than 2 years and are doing very well (as an example, in the wedding photography forums, these kinds of people are already booked solid for the YEAR).
     
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    I got my BA in Photography and assisted photographers for 5+ years before venturing out on my own.

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    I am surprised that it is somewhat similar to mine. I got my university degree in languages and literatures, my teaching degree, and film and television production at community college.

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    Keep in mind that it is really important to have an incredible portfolio if you are going to be successful in photography.

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