Photography involves much more than just pointing and clicking a camera. If you major in it, you'll learn how to choose a subject and compose it effectively, how to orchestrate color and light, and how to develop your photographs. You'll also explore the possibilities of digital and computer-enhanced images. Other forms of visual art will be part of your major as well, such as painting, drawing, and sculpture. You'll learn how to create photographs that capture your vision and make the statement you want-photographs that say your thousand words.
Besides learning how to create your own meaningful photographs, you'll be studying other photographers—both historical and contemporary—who have made important advancements in the field. You'll learn by seeing what other students are creating and by receiving critiques of your own projects.
Although universities with Photography majors have darkrooms and facilities for students' use, expect to purchase quite a bit of equipment, such as cameras, tripods, lenses, film, developing chemicals, and computer software. In other words, be prepared for some extra expenses.