Photography deals with a study of creating durable images by capturing them in a camera. The science behind it relates to reflection of other electromagnetic radiations. This is one field which took time to gain recognition in countries like India as a full time career, or a means of earning for someone. Even today there are many skilled and passionate photographers who eventually resorted to some other way, of earning their bread and butter and had to abandon their passion because they could not explore avenues, offered by Photography as a profession.
On the contrary, photography is a well reputed and revered profession in developed countries or at an international level.
About the field:
Photography unlike finance or engineering is a creative field. In an international context, it has a great commercial value as well. A keen eye on aesthetic details is what an applicant is expected to have. With a formal education in photography, the doors like that of advertising agencies, production houses, news papers, magazines, news channels, government departments et al gets opened for you. Privately run organizations can be a better creative outlet for one’s talent and include job profiles like fashion and design photography, portfolios, house photography etc. One may be also required to work according to specified themes for social/ public events or even for clicking pictures for catalogues, product manuals or company layouts.
So, if you can communicate in visual terms and can use your skills and talent to satisfy your clients on the basis of their individual needs, photography can be an exciting and rewarding career for you. Start clicking!
The specialization options available:
As a photographer you can specialize in various areas including the following:
- Press Photography (news and culture)
- Fashion Photography
- Wedding photography
- Industrial Photography (buildings, prototype models, merchandise, artifacts)
- Nature Photography
- Feature Photography
- Scientific Photography
- Fine arts photography
Job opportunities after completing this course:
As a Photography graduate you can work on various levels depending upon the specialization you choose. Few positions where a Photography Graduate can make a career are listed here:
- Photo Journalist
- Portrait Photographer (at a studio)
- Forensic Photographer
- Wedding or other special events photographer
- Wildlife photographer
- Photo editor
Photography as a field has no particular or fixed career and salary structure. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the year 2015, the average earning of a photographer was recorded to be around $40,280.
The calculation of payment for a salaried photographer is based on the location of photography, and the reputation and area of specialization of the photographer himself. If you choose to work on a freelance basis, your salary would depend on the number and quality of assignments, called portfolio.
A number of institutes and universities offer certificate and diploma courses in photography, which open up gates of commercial photography organization. Some also offer it as three year integrated courses and subsidiary subjects. One can even opt for part time or full time professional courses and crash courses in photography, ranging from 7 days to 3 years in duration.
The syllabus of a Bachelor’s course in photography covers the basic processes, equipment and techniques that are currently used in the industry today. Many courses may require studio time that provides students with hands-on practical experience, some of these courses include:
- History of photography
- Color photography
- Black and white photography
- Digital photography
- Photographic composition
- Studio photography
A master’s course in photography integrates theoretical study and hands-on practical experience in photography labs or studios. Students who do not come from a background surrounding photography may be required to complete certain basic art or photography courses, including art history or digital photography, before enrolling. During admissions procedures for graduate programs, students need to submit samples of their photography portfolio. The graduate course offers various programs for specialization in different areas of photography. The course includes several seminars which may cover the following topics:
- Advanced composition techniques
- History of photography criticism
- Photography and popular culture
- Fashion and advertising photography
- Fine art photography