Pictures are a powerful medium. They can bring out many types of emotions inside you ranging from shock, amusement, surprise, happiness, joy etc. In the past years, not many may have wanted to become professional photographers but nowadays, there are many people who would like to move into this profession for a few extra bucks or even consider it as a full-time career. The rise of mass media and mass communication and also the growth in the fashion and media industry has led to many people pursuing this as their career. People have this wrong notion that photography is catching holding a DSLR, travelling around the world just clicking photographs and then simply pasting a watermark on them. Well, this can prove to be true only if you are talented and hard working and are ever ready to develop the essential skills. You need to understand that there is no formal career in photography. If you are good enough, you could be clicking pictures even at the Oscars.
Photography is the art and practice of capturing images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as a photographic film.
A photographer can be defined as an amateur or a professional, in the context of photography, and are not entirely categorical. A professional photographer is the one who generally takes pictures to make money by selling them or giving them away to keep on display etc. while an amateur photographer may take photographs for self satisfaction, or to record small functions without a monetary motivation.
Photographers can click photos for scientific, manufacturing and business uses, as well as its more direct uses for marketing, advertising and artistic uses etc.
There are many paths to choose after completing your graduation in this field. You can be a wildlife photographer, a fashion photographer, a sport photographer, a landscape photographer, an event photographer, an architectural or real estate photographer, an astrophotographer, a photo-journalist, a baby or a family photographer, a scientific photographer or even paparazzi. The list is endless. It depends which one you are most suited for.
To be a photographer, you have to have both, technical knowledge and creativity. You must have that extra quality and interest in visuals, camera traits, light, colour etc. The field of photography is constantly changing with the advancement of technology and hence, you have to be fast-paced and willing to learn throughout your career.
Photography is a profession as well a form of art. Finding a strong foothold as a professional photographer is not easy, which is why, many talented young photographers remain amateurs. The way to the top is hard and extensive. Initially, the financial returns are not very satisfactory. Only those with a never give up attitude, along with a real love for photography hold on to be the real deal.
Mumbai is India’s advertising capital, with a great presence of Bollywood and, quite naturally, other big names in photographers and filmmakers from Mumbai. So more than anything else, quality is most recognized at the present hour. The demand for photographers is ever increasing in our country, but it is mostly the big and famous ones who cover most of the market. It is advisable to develop your reputation in this field real fast in order to enjoy success. There is also a huge demand for photographers in the field of web designing, social media etc.
In the beginning, photography is a difficult profession. It is advisable not to start up your own business. You can join a photo studio and work as an assistant. The pay for a fresher in this business is about Rs.7,000-Rs.15,000 per month and this just keeps on increasing with experience. Once recognized, you can start demanding for a higher pay and make hefty earnings depending upon the assignments taken up.
- Entry Level Designation: Assisting Big Photographers, Shooting for small scale weddings etc.
- Mid-Level: Shooting for big weddings, Shooting for large scale functions etc.
- Experienced Level: You can open your own business or become an expert freelancer.