With the advent of the age of digital media, photography seems to be the career of the decade. No matter which way you go, you can’t escape it. Every industry needs photographers. Marketing products, services, covering events, making portfolios, shooting for magazines, everybody needs a good photographer.
Considered a mere hobby earlier, it has managed to develop into a full-fledged career with a more than handsome pay.
The digital camera as we know it today was developed during the late 20th century. This process began with the creation of camera obscura (pin-hole image). This development led to the first image of mars being taken as the MARINER 4 flew by it on July 15, 1965, and the rest, as they say, is history. The first commercial digital camera was introduced during the 1980s. Since then, photography has become a staple in a variety of businesses with many useful applications. It is the main instrument in advertising and has many forms today.
Different applications of photography
• Advertising photography
• Aerial photography, GIS
• Fashion photoshoots, magazines, websites, catalogues etc.
• Music videos, live show advertisement
• Sports industry commercials, magazines
• Fine art photography
• Freelance work for blogs, websites etc.
• Educational photography
• Newspaper photography
• Wildlife photography
• Nature photography
• Media and journalism
Courses and exams
Photography is a career that does not require a mandatory degree for a successful career. It is based almost exclusively on your skill set and creativity. However, certain institutes do offer courses in photography. Some of these are given below-
1. National Institute of photography
2. Delhi college of photography
3. National Institute of design
4. Jamia Milia Islamia
5. Symbiosis school of photography
6. Sri Aurobindo centre for arts and communication
7. Indian Institute of digital arts and animation
There are no common entrance examinations for this course. Every institute listed above has a different procedure for admission including interviews and group discussions after written tests.
Photographers are hired to work in a vast variety of fields on different levels. Some of their job roles are given below-
• Clicking pictures of evidence on crime scenes for legal purposes.
• Capturing special moments in events such as parties, wedding functions, birthdays and other family-oriented events.
• Aerial photography to create images for cartographic, surveillance and advertising purposes.
• Working in studios for creating portfolios of individuals.
• Clicking pictures for advertisements.
• Working as paparazzi for media houses or freelancing.
• Developing theme-based photographs for children’s textbooks and magazines
• Every day is different with you working on different assignments at different places.
• You get to travel to new places for capturing breathtaking photos.
• You need not work on fixed timings and it almost never gets stressful.
• It does not require a particular degree.
• You can freelance and earn a lot of money without having to work for anyone.
• There is a lot of room for creativity, in fact, it is almost wholly based on how much of a creative mind you have.
• You can interact with a lot of creatively like-minded individuals and have opportunities for creating something unique.
• Nowadays, working for blogs and websites has become a very comfortable and at the same time exciting option because of how flexible it is.
• You might not get as much money as a mainstream 9 to 5 job at the beginning of your career. Hence, paying the bills can be difficult.
• There is a fierce competition among photographers of almost every specialization, especially in the media and fashion industry. Therefore, it can be difficult to make a name for yourself.
• It requires working in difficult terrains and bad weathers which can sometimes be dangerous.
Because of it not being a regular 9 to 5 job, you can get a lot of free time to enjoy additional pursuits or you can also work alongside a more mainstream job which will not at all be taxing because of it being so flexible.
Also, with the tremendous rise in usage of digital media, it is a profession that is not going to be out of demand anytime soon. The initial investment is also not much as the required hardware is becoming cheaper with each passing day and the cameras are getting better resolution than ever.
Salary and growth
The growth in this industry is relatively slow because of there being so many other options and with the advancement in technology, it becoming easier to click your own pictures without needing the help of another professional.
But there are still a lot of special events like weddings, religious and social events etc. where the requirement of a professional comes up. It all depends on the network and clientele you amass over the years.
Personality traits required
• The keen eye for detail is essential to graduate from an amateur into a full-fledged professional.
• Business aptitude is required and skills such as networking help in growing your client base.
• Perseverance is recommended to get flawless results.
• Lastly, creativity is the foundation on which this career is built.