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Learn & Explore Series Episode 8

"How to choose the right online photography school"

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Did You Know?

Accreditation is one of the most important criteria when comparing online photography schools. Check to see whether or not a school is accredited by a respected agency or organization, because that means they're more likely to have high quality standards.

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Did You Know?

One of the primary advantages of an online photography school is that course schedules are very flexible, allowing you to study and complete assignments when it is convenient

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Did You Know?

Many schools will offer video tutorials that show you how to use your camera, but few schools assign a professional photographer as your mentor to answer your questions and review your photos. Becoming a better photographer is all about practice, and having real-life photographers to mentor you as you learn is invaluable.

Special Thanks to
Industry Expert: Zach Heller
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Questions covered in the above interview:

  1. How important is the history and reputation of the school?
  2. Should a school provide a list of graduates who are working and successful photographers?
  3. What kind of photographers will online photography schools accept as students? (hobbyists, serious amateurs, career-oriented, etc.)
  4. What skill level is required before enrolling in an online photography school?
  5. How is the curriculum organized? Can students choose individual courses as well as a comprehensive program that includes certification upon completion?
  6. What is the duration of most courses or programs?
  7. How flexible is the curriculum? Are there scheduled online classes or can students start a course anytime and learn at their own pace?
  8. How many students have graduated or been certified?
  9. Is it important who developed the curriculum?
  10. Should the school offer a comprehensive student support system, including a mentoring program?
  11. What licensing and accreditations should the better online photography schools have?
  12. What methods do online photography schools provide to create a community of students who are able to share what they’ve learned and help each other succeed?
  13. What is the price range of online photography schools?
  14. What are the advantages of enrolling in a higher-priced school?
  15. Do online photography schools come with a guarantee?