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Art classes of all types (but especially photography) will
enhance your skills as an artist and give you a better "eye" for
detail and aesthetics. Cooking classes will help to familiarize you
with your subject matter. You should also be sure to take math and
chemistry classes to be able to handle the technical nature of the
job. You will have to mix chemicals based on different proportions,
edit digital images using editing software, and judge lighting
distances by eye, so a math and science background will help. You
should also be sure to take computer science classes and explore
software that can store and manipulate images, such as Adobe
PhotoShop and Illustrator. Business and accounting classes will be
useful if you plan to operate your own business. English and speech
will help you to develop your communication skills. Advertising and
marketing classes will help you learn how to promote your business,
as well as provide you with an understanding of the advertising and
marketing industries (major employers of food photographers).
Finally, experiment with taking pictures and familiarize yourself
with the workings of cameras.
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