Photography is not just limited to taking pictures with any camera you can get your hands on. It is the art of capturing moments in order to convert them into memories, enabling a picture to speak a thousand words. The subjects of these images can vary; they can be just about anything for instance- Portraits of people, panoramas of landscapes, glimpses of events, and still-life depictions of every other object.
Widely believed and accepted as a hobby, photography in recent times has morphed into a lucrative career option. For photographers of today, the line between their passion and their profession is barely distinct. Their art has the power to eke out certain emotions in the viewer- simply glancing at pictures can leave us happy, sorrowful, awe-struck, or introspective.
The demand for photographers is tantamount with the increase in the different styles of photography. A few popular types are mentioned below-
1) Event photography- Most photographers begin their careers dabbling at event photography, the most common event being a wedding. The photographer has to be good at capturing people, and should have decent editing skills.
2) Fashion Photography- A fashion photographer works mainly with fashion magazines or models who walk on the ramp. The idea behind this type of photography is to draw attention to the product (the clothes, accessories, or shoes) while also making the model look stylish and glamorous.
3) Architectural Photography- This involves taking pictures only of physical structures, and not human beings. This is often used to in the real estate business to attract potential buyers.
4) Nature/Wildlife Photography- This is the art of presenting a beautiful landscape, and of clicking pictures of animals in their natural habitat.
5) Stock Photography- This is a relatively new but increasingly common type of photography. It is a supply of professionally clicked photographs which can be used if one is willing to pay for it. More often than not, it is a collection of random photographs of one particular genre.
6) Photojournalism- This is one of the major and useful streams for photographers who want jobs in the media industry.
It is not particularly necessary for a photographer to have an outstanding educational background. To date, there is no Bachelor’s degree in this field. Most photographers work as assistants under senior photographers in order to gain a hands-on experience. In the course of this apprenticeship, they also build a portfolio, which is the most basic way his/her talent is judged.
Name Of Degree/Diploma
As mentioned above, there is no formal degree in photography. However, there are a number of photography schools that teach you tricks of trade, and furnish you with diplomas. The top schools in India for these diplomas are JamiaMillia University, Delhi, Osmania University, Hyderabad, DeenDayalUpadhyay Gorakhpur University, and Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida. After attending these courses, a photographer picks the genre of photography he/she wants to specialize in.
The average salary of a photographer varies on the basis of the type of photography, and the experience of the photographer. A person can earn easily Rs.2 lakh-Rs. 3.5 lakh per year as a starting salary. The average monthly salary for amateur photographers in India varies from Rs.7,500 to Rs.45,000 and the average professional is Rs.10,000 to Rs.50,000 plus per day.
The time duration of an assignment can be anything from a few hours to months at a go. The life cycle of a photographer has no clear starting and ending point. There are photographers who are as young as 15, and as old as 80. Motivation, dedication, and creativity are the only deciding factors.
In India: In India, there is a wide scope for photography, but at the same time, the competition is tough. Just passion and drive will not get you through. Even an amateur is expected to be creative and dynamic, with a good grasp of professional techniques, an eye for lighting, and deep knowledge of photo editing software. Unfortunately, being an unconventional job, it will always be looked down upon by society due to outdated mind sets.
Abroad: In western countries, the scope for photography is slightly more than that in India, simply because it is a profession that is accepted by the general population. The courses offered are more advanced, and focus on making professionals out of rookies. However, there is a minimal difference in salaries.
Freelancing is another aspect of being a professional photographer. This is an apt option for those who are hobbyists. You can have another job, and freelance in your free time.
Social media is a great tool for budding photographers. Posting your pictures on Facebook, Twitter, etc., or even creating a blog or a Facebook page dedicated to your photographs can kill three birds with one stone- expanding your portfolio, receiving feedback from friends and family, and networking with other photographers in order to build your online presence.
Are you a person who believes in expressing yourself through your photograph? Through whom a wave of excitement ripples when you find the perfect subject or muse? Whose entire being tingles when you have a hard copy of your best photo in your hands? Whose face flushes with happiness when someone compliments you on your work? Who spends his/her entire salary on the new Nikon DSLR? You may well have what it takes to become a professional photographer. After all, what better way to express you artistically? Click, Amuse And Earn…
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