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| p.1 #2 · Any suggestions for a one-year photography school? |
I used to think the Hallmark Institute was top shelf until I Googled it. There seems to be a variety of opinions concerning the quality of education if the comments left by former students is any indication, however, I think their mixed responses seem to be typical of photography schools. Like most "certificate only" photo schools there is no job placement, no supplied models, rudimentary lighting instruction, no business courses, and equipment that more than likely wouldn't help you out even if your goal was to work as an assistant. I went to a school like that for a couple of years. I was young so anything that kept me busy was fun. The G.I. Bill paid for 80% of it so it wasn't a financial strain. Today you can learn location lighting online, read books/dvds, or maybe even work with commercial photographers for minimum wage as you learn the craft before financially committing to the profession. A photography career lacks the certainty of paying back very expensive student loans.
A line from the movie "Good Will Hunting" seems apropos here:
are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a f**kin' education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!