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3 Reasons You Should Go to Photography School

By Michelle Ecker on February 27, 2020

3 Reasons You Should Go to Photography School
 

You’ve always been interested in photography and the art of taking great pictures. You admire great shots taken by others and often find yourself scrolling impressive Instagram or Twitter feeds of professional photographers who inspire you. Maybe you already own a digital camera or maybe you’re still playing around with cell phone photography- but you know you have an eye for creative, compelling picture taking. 

Does this sound like you? You should really consider honing your skills with more formal training and guidance from an industry professional. Whether full time or freelance, there are great careers to be found in the photography industry, and you could pursue your talent as a part time source of income. Even if you’re not interested in monetizing your skills and earning income, you could also find it extremely rewarding to take an online photography course that will help you sharpen your skills. If you’re on the fence, consider the following three reasons why you should go to photography school. 

It’s Rewarding. 

Pursuing a hobby or interest through an online course can be an extremely rewarding pursuit. Many students at the New York Institute of Photography work full time jobs during the week as doctors, schoolteachers, accountants, etc.. 

To them, nights and weekends logging into their online photography course to read some new lessons, watch an instructional video or two and take a few test shots on their camera to try out a new technique or skill is a way to unwind and relax while learning something creative, interesting and new. 

It’s Flexible. 

At a school like NYIP, you don’t have a set class schedule or assignment due dates, meaning you are able to work at your own pace. So if you’re on the fence about studying photography as a side project or potential career option, keep in mind that you won’t have to put your schedule on hold in order to do so. 

Maybe on week nights you want to do some reading on your iPad in bed before you go to sleep. Or maybe you spend your Saturday mornings on the couch enjoying a cup of coffee while you watch your photography instructional videos and make notes before your quiz. 

It’s Affordable. 

At the New York Institute of Photography, part of our mission is to make photography school more accessible- meaning we strive to make our programs affordable enough to fit in every student’s budget. 

Our most popular course, the Professional Photography Course, costs $649 if you pay in full, or $809 if you opt into the monthly payment plan. If you pay monthly, you can get started for as little as $49, then unlock additional course units as you make monthly payments. 

According to most recent IRS data, the average American receives an annual tax refund of $3,000. That means that the average American could pay for their entire photography education at NYIP by spending less than 1/4 of their tax refund check.


If you’re on the fence about pursuing your photography education, stop putting it off. From flexible payment plans to a self-paced format, NYIP is here to do whatever we can to make learning photography more accessible and simple for all students. To get started, click here or call 1 800-583-1736 to speak to an admissions advisor.