Top 10 things every photography student should have

At the time of this writing, I am in my last year of school as a photography student. My experience has brought me to realize some basic essentials every photography student should have. By the time you graduate, this list should feel like second nature, if it’s not something you’ve already done.

So over the next few posts, I’d like to go into detail about each thing on the list, to help you clearly understand what I’m talking about and possibly help you in checking off the items on the list to further your photography career. This list is part of the things I did when I became serious about becoming a photographer, and wanting people to take me seriously in my endeavors.

Anyone interested in starting a could benefit from some of the things on this list, however it’s mainly geared toward young photographers. So, without further ado, let’s get started! This list is in no particular order, just as long as you make an effort in each category, you should have a great jump-start toward your photography goals!

Top 10 things every photography student should have

  1. A camera (of course:)
  2. A website focusing on your portfolio
  3. cards and letterhead
  4. A hard copy of your portfolio
  5. A professional looking blog
  6. Network consistently
  7. Start a
  8. Assist and/or intern
  9. A memorable Elevator Speech
  10. Never stop learning (education is imperative)
Today, I’ll be focusing on #1, getting a camera. Many people say that it’s not the camera, it’s the person behind it… While others say, as long as you have a great camera, you’re bound to get great pictures. Hmm, I think it’s a little bit of both.
Depending on the type of photography you want to specialize in, you may be able to get a great shot with any camera, however, if you want professional looking images that can compare to tear sheets and billboards, I think it’s best to do your research.Like most photography students, we start out learning film, and transition into digital.
So you should consider if you’d like to offer your clients film, digital or both, when buying a camera. A great site to check out is You can read reviews on just about any camera, as well as compare and contrast the ones you’re interested in! In the next post, I’ll go further into detail about having your own website.
Hopefully this post helped you, please leave me a comment if it did, as well as what camera you’re thinking about investing in or already have! I’d love to hear your feedback! …oh, and don’t forget to subscribe, so you won’t miss out on the details about the rest of the list:)
Until next time… Keep shooting!

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