A lot of people think it’s as simple as “point and click,” but do you know what aperture is? Dynamic range? Shutter speed? Rule of thirds These are all commonly used terms in the world of photography — and it’s not as simple as you might think. Keep reading to learn more about whether or not photography classes might be right for you.
What Do Photography Classes Teach?
Dallas Community Colleges’ classes prepare students for work as professionals in digital imaging and photography. Students will learn how to use imaging/photo-editing software, as well as post-processing techniques. They’ll also develop technical and artistic skills in photography that will help them learn to visually communicate concepts and ideas. Students learn about both traditional and digital cameras, as well as film scanners, flatbed scanners, inkjet printers, color laser printers and other equipment used in digital imaging.
Which Colleges Offer Photography Classes?
There are several Dallas Community Colleges that have photography classes! Choose from photography classes in Irving, Farmers Branch, Lancaster, Mesquite, Richardson/Garland and Oak Cliff at:
- North Lake College: Spring Schedule & Fall Schedule
- Brookhaven College: Spring Schedule & Fall Schedule
- Cedar Valley College: Spring Schedule & Fall Schedule
- Eastfield College: Spring Schedule & Fall Schedule (Eastfield also has a one-year digital photography certificate, if you’re into that sort of thing… and it looks great on a resume!)
- Richland College: Spring Schedule & Fall Schedule
- Mountain View College: Spring Schedule & Fall Schedule
Can Photography Be a Job?
Yup! Texas actually has some of the highest employment levels for photographers in the U.S., making an annual mean wage of about $43,000. Often you will see photographers go the entrepreneurial route, working for themselves doing weddings, parties and other events. They might also freelance for advertising agencies and corporations on a contract basis doing commercial photography, building a portfolio and a business as they go. You can make a go of it full time, or not — many freelance photographers also have full-time jobs and take freelance work as a side hustle to make extra cash.
Think you might be interested in a new career path or even just brushing up on your current photography skills? Head to our admissions page to get started.