You may want to start your research with a look at Photographic Commerce LLC, which has developed a program that brings together individuals with "decades of experience working at the highest levels of fashion photography." The program is based in Los Angeles.
But the workshops and classes are based on the experience gained from traveling around the world to stay at the top of the fashion world. Photographic Commerce is currently led by a photographer with 30 years of performance in the field.
You'll find that the top fashion photography courses are quite selective about the students admitted to the program. Keeping the class sizes small allows top programs to provide real-world instruction in Los Angeles, Paris and many other major cities around the world.
As Photographic Commerce states, students learn in
"high-intensity bursts of creativity from 2 days to 6 weeks."
One of the questions many aspiring students ask is whether they should focus on fashion immediately or whether they should attend an art/photography school. The answer to this question depends on the individual and the type of instruction to be offered. But don't let this question keep you from following your dream.
It seems the demand for fashion photographers has increased significantly in the past few years.
Fashion model posing outdoors
If you want to study in a particular location in the United States you'll have to search for a program that is specific to fashion photography. For example, the International Academy of Design & Technology in Tampa is sometimes suggested to aspiring photography students.
It's possible to get the training you need for this exciting field in one of the programs at Brooks Institute of Photography.
Look for courses that are comprehensive, in that they offer a solid historical background for your course of study, in addition to training in the use of current photographic technology.
This program should include digital equipment and photo editing.
You should also receive solid training in studio techniques, outdoor photography and
Many schools and fashion photography courses offer bachelor level programs and masters level programs. In many cases, these courses are offered at large universities. In other locations, the programs are based in a school devoted specifically to fashion photography and related fields.
Those who want to jump into the exciting world of fashion photography might want to plan a trip to the annual Fashion Photography Week in Paris. But get started on those plans now because this two-week event begins on June 30. Deadline for enrollment is March 30.
The program is designed to give students a chance to produce photos for their portfolios in a professional setting. Paris is considered the fashion capital of the world, as even the layperson knows. Students have the opportunity to travel and work with an experienced photographer guiding the way. Only 14 students are admitted!
Many professionals and students also attend fashion events in other cities. For example, there was a Fashion, Beauty & Entertainment "Burst" in Los Angeles in 2010. It's another event that gives students the chance to learn and build portfolios in the real world.
Many view this as an ideal introductory and learning program, though it is a shortened version of some more detailed courses. Dates for the 2011 event have not been announced.
Fashion model on the move
For those who are more interested in formal training (classroom and practice) the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California might be a good choice. The School of Visual Arts offers another program to look into. At Art Center College the undergraduate program includes 72 hours of studio classes.
The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan offers an undergraduate photography program in which students can focus on fashion and other specialties. One benefit to this program is that this is an art school that emphasizes personal vision.
You may not have heard of Speos Paris unless you are well-versed in the field of fashion photography. There are numerous programs, extending from one-week workshops to a master's degree program that fills an entire year.
As you can see, these three schools (and most others) are in metropolitan areas that are centers for art, fashion, photography and design. It is important to commit to a program that puts the student close to real-world action.