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Now that you've got those great new photography accessories from the holidays, what's next? It's time to learn how to use them to their fullest potential. There are some great specialists that can help you learn how to do just that. Here's a list of a few schools that offer classes to help you become a better photographer.



Maine Media Workshop (MMW)

The Maine Media Workshop offers specially-tailored classes to accommodate a wide range of interests. Fans of David Wells and Peter Turnley will appreciate the fact that both photographers teach classes here. The Town of Rockport, where the MMW is located, is also an extremely beautiful and lively town. For over 30 years, Maine has been training professionals and amateurs. In the small town of Rockport Maine you can walk and learn amongst Icons in the Industry. Now paving the way in the multimedia world, Maine is an excellent choice for those people who want to combine photo, video, and audio into inspirational pieces.

Besides photo workshops, the campus offers film, multimedia, and design classes.

International Center of Photography (ICP)

Not far away from the B&H SuperStore is ICP, with over 400 long, intensive courses, in addition to weekend workshops. The school offers beginner courses for those that are just getting their feet wet in the field, as well as advanced classes for those ready for more of a challenge. ICP also offers a one-year certificate program meant to teach professional practices, as well as strengthening personal vision.

ICP was a vision fully realized by Cornel Capa (Brother of Robert Capa), whose focus was on "Concerned Photography." In addition to a world-class school (supplied by B&H), ICP also features a dedicated museum that has exhibited the finest photographers, and is a destination for photographers when visiting NYC (after B&H of course)...

New York Film Academy

The New York Film Acacdemy has a number of campuses and workshop locations. They recently added an MFA in Photography to the list of degrees they offer. NYFA is for visual people who share a passion for motion pictures, and want to learn by making their own projects in a hands-on, intensive program. Students are also treated to a listing of essential resources that they may peruse for projects.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RSMP)

The Rocky Mountain School of Photography, located in beautiful Missoula, MT, is well renowned amongst photographers. They offer a number of weeklong workshops as well as weekend workshops that take place all around the country. RMSP completely prepares you for the real world, from shooting and lighting, to marketing and business.

Their Career Training Program is made up of three separate sessions: Summer Intensive, Professional Studies and Advanced Intensive. More than any other of these groups, their “Intensive” program is just that, and we’d say that 70% of enrollees become pro soon after. Each course builds upon one previously completed.

Charleston Center for Photography

Run by Stacy Pearsall, the Charleston Center for Photography prides itself for education, and for knowing the industry. Stacy puts it better than I can: "Simply owning a digital camera does not make one a 'professional photographer'. I teach my students that taking a systematic approach to their photographic education is the path of least resistance, and also the most successful. I structured an educational program, which starts at the very basics. Our students cannot move to the next course if they have not had that Introduction to Digital Photography class. After they have completed the necessary basic course, then they step up to an Intermediate Digital Photography class. It is that intermediate course that is the stepping-stone to others. Classes such as Studio and Conceptual Photography require completion of the aforementioned courses."

You can read more here.

Are there any schools that you would recommend (or not?) Let us know in the comments below, and tell us about your experiences.

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Some things can only be taught (when in the sun use X for better results, etc), but I believe photography is an art, and a true artist cannot be taught anything.