|Photography is a unique profession in that it requires both technical prowess and artistic vision. It is this inherent dichotomy of the craft that makes photographers consummate students. Sebastiao Salgado, a much admired photojournalist, said in the October 2001 American Photo, "I know [my] cameras and my film like the lines of my hand." Top photographers strive for that level of oneness with their camera. Once a photographer understands his equipment, he can begin honestly communicating through his images. Aspiring photojournalists can learn on their own, at a university or through intense workshops. Most photographers will eventually go through all three channels.
Several schools offer undergraduate programs in photojournalism where students can learn technical skills and begin to explore their vision as photographers. Additionally, a few institutions offer graduate programs for more advanced photographers seeking to refine their skills.
Over the years, workshops have sprung up that photographers can attend for quick inspiration and acquisition of skills. Some are short as a weekend while others can span the summer. They are a great learning opportunity.
Regardless of the school or workshops one attends, dedication and practice are the greatest predictors of success in photography. The best professionals constantly advise students to study the work of top photojournalists, and some even go so far as advising students to study renaissance painters because they were experts at painting light. This site offers links to the work of top photographers.