« on: July 28, 2011, 10:18:26 AM »
They said the 7D is allowed, but that we'll do so much landscape and architecture and portrait shooting that I'll be desperate for a full frame within the first year and that I should probably save up for one now. It's a very competitive school, though. Any person I've met who came out of it was phenomenal. It's a rigorous and unforgiving program and I think they're trying to deter the people who are just "trying out photography for fun" by requiring that you get top notch gear first.
Full frame is required for the 4th quarter (it's a 6 quarter program) because they start some very ultra wide angle stuff. A crop frame would not function. However, by then I would hope that I have a full frame camera.
Well Good luck with your schooling and as I mentioned in one of my first replies.. make sure your fiancee is fully on board with the costs of photography... Money and budgets could be a detriment to young marriages and it took a while to even get my wife get used to me spending thousands on camera bodies and lenses.
Also try to get as many critiques from strangers as possible towards your portfolio. At my school, professors (industry professionals) had no qualms on ripping you and your work to shreds if they didn't think they were up to par. Some professors I've heard of were infamous for throwing away peoples assignments because they were displeased with the work and or passing out McDonalds applications to students. They also would blatantly tell you if they felt you didn't belong at that school. They basically were the Simon Cowells before Simon Cowell became popular. Most would call them jerks or worse, they hardened us to the realities of customers expectations... Getting used to this will help you avoid the shock and awe of these critiques when you get to school.
Dont Give Up. I cant stress this enough. My school during its hay-day when I was there, anyone who had high purse strings and could afford the tuition and THOUGHT they could be photographers went to my school. It was a very expensive school and became very large quickly. The problem was it was so tough and expensive half of incoming freshmen quit by the end of the first 2 classes and even more by the end of the first year. By graduation of my class, probably 1/8 of the original class I started with graduated to get the full BA on time. Others probably graduated but their graduation dates delayed for whatever reasons. Schools like ours are meant to weed out those many hopefuls and graduating the select few. They are good at shaking out those who cant hack it and it's easy to quit. I went in hoping to get straight A's... that didn't happen, but I graduated, so in some perspective I feel is just fine with me.