Jay's Photography PRO 9:24pm, 5 February 2010
I am currently looking at maybe going to Brown U in the twin cities.
Has anybody else gone to any colleges/tech schools around here for photography?
I have no idea and the feedback would be awesome!!!
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maxcaven 9 years ago
I looked at Brown, almost went there. Personally in my opinion, I would avoid it. They were more proud of their Disc Jokey program than anything else. I decided to go to Minneapolis Technical and Community College, they have a very good (granted, this is my opinion) Photography and Digital Imaging program, and they are an accredited non profit school (I don't believe Brown is accredited now, and they weren't when I looked at them, and they are a for profit school)

I could never find any Brown students work, but MCTC has a flickr group. www.flickr.com/groups/mctcphoto/

That's just my 2 cents, brown wasn't work the 16K a year or whatever it was, to me.
Jay's Photography PRO 9 years ago
Thanks max, ill look into that tech school.
NorthernMinnesotaPhoto Posted 9 years ago. Edited by NorthernMinnesotaPhoto (member) 9 years ago
Both Jeff Frey and I went to Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, OH.
The important thing is that school is very current in their teaching, course work and has many studios available that are stocked with many, many types of lighting systems, camera systems and of course computer systems. Make sure that their is a Wide variety of backgrounds from the instructors i.e. Commercial, Portrait, General, Advertising, Sports, Architectural, Fine Arts. Also look for instruction with Large Format (35 + mp) systems of digital photography. Good Luck, take your time and make sure you know all the particulars before signing on the dotted line.
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JulesAmeel PRO 9 years ago
boo photo school.
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Drew C 9 years ago
i'm with jules.. 3 years and all it did was set me back 30+k and 3 years...
mixmastermike2010 9 years ago
I would not waste my money on a photo school. Yes you can learn basics about photography, but the best way to learn the craft is to do. Go out and shoot a ton of different things, assist people, get an internship, assist more people, second shoot weddings, immerse yourself in a ton of different varieties of photography and there will never be a situation that you can't handle. There is nothing in a photo school that you can't learn for free by helping out other people, getting paid to help out other people or by going out and doing it yourself. It's a matter of motivation. You may not get the luxury to use those high end 35+ megapixel cameras right away, but beyond some advertising and commercial jobs, you can do 90% of work with a professional 10MP SLR camera.

Additionally, if photography doesn't work out for you, at least you will have a degree in something that could be useful. I would suggest identifying successful people in your area and then going out and doing what you can to help them and learn from them. It will be cheaper than dropping anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 a year on a photo school where you could get the same thing and possible even get paid doing it.
mixmastermike2010 9 years ago
Sorry, I don't want to say it's a waste to go to a photo school. I was just saying you can get the same amount of education and more for much cheaper by doing.
parsimonious peace [deleted] 9 years ago
MCTC for a community college.

MCAD for a university.

Do not waste your time at any public universities around here. Especially if you are yearning for technical information.
Jay's Photography PRO 9 years ago
So does anybody want to intern me? hahah jk ill explore both options.
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
well, hell i could use an intern. You can start by cleaning my gear and washing my clothing
Jay's Photography PRO 9 years ago
Ah funny... Thanks for the offer hahaha.
Jay's Photography PRO 9 years ago
Anybody else looking for apprenticeship since you mentioned it? intern or help?
mixmastermike2010 9 years ago
I would suggest emailing local wedding photographers as well as the newspaper photographers in Duluth. They probably wouldn't mind if you tagged along on an assignment every now and then.
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JulesAmeel PRO 9 years ago
Clint (one of 2 people in the DNT photo staff) is a really nice guy.
I'm sure if you showed some enthusiasm he would be open to the idea.
Bob King is the man at the DNT you want to talk to. Bob's been the photo editor for at least a dozen years that I know of. His email is: rking@duluthnews.com
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maxcaven 9 years ago
Bob King at DNT tried to get me fired from the DECC when I worked there and used their strobes with a pocket wizard...

then they let me come down and check out the place and I went and followed around Derek Montgomery (when he was still there)

I talked to Amanda a few times when I was shooting Huskies games at the wade over the summer too. (is she still there?)

Yeah they're all pretty nice people down there
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
Amanda left a while back.

Yeah Max, Bob was a bit upset when you were firing their equipment when they were covering the game, too. :)
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maxcaven 9 years ago
lol honestly I thought the DECC owned them (not sure why, now that I think about it) so I figured what could it hurt! Glad it worked out how it did though, got me the chance to meet them all and what not.
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