Photographers use cameras to capture an image. They can work in many different areas and often choose an area to specialize in. Photographers may work for a company, but many Freelance. They find assignments by advertising or networking. A career in Photography blends both artistic and technical acumen, and like most other arts, needs practice and perseverance. Photographers produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. With the rapid growth of communication networks, the explosion of the advertising sector and media communications as well as fashion boom, digital photography has become the modern version of this art form.
Skills Required: Creative Eye, Patience, Interest in visuals, Dedication, A Strong visual power to capture a subject, Attentiveness to color shape and shadow.
Career Opportunity for a photographer:-
Portrait photographers: They take pictures of people and events. They may work out of a studio that people visit. They also travel to events like weddings and meetings. Some portrait photographers specialize in school photos; they travel to schools to take pictures of students on picture day. They may operate out of their own studios as well as working on location, and if they are self-employed or own their own business, they’ll have a wide variety of other job responsibilities, like billing clients, making appointments, processing images and framing photos.
Photojournalist/News Photographer: News photographers, or photojournalists, work for magazines, newspapers, websites and television stations. They photograph current events and use images to convey information to the public. News photographers may work out of local news bureau but they often travel to the site of a breaking news story. Whether they use only images to tell their stories or whether they also accompany them with words, photojournalists must be skilled storytellers. Press or news photographers usually work for newspapers either on staff or as freelancers and cover local or national events such as sports, politics or court proceedings.
Commercial Photographer: They are also industrial photographers. Commercial Photographer takes pictures for books, magazines, and advertisements. These pictures include buildings, archaeological findings, outdoor scenery, and consumer goods. Commercial photographers may take pictures for advertising and marketing companies. Commercial photography encompasses a range of photography careers that specialize in helping clients market their products or services. Commercial photographers take pictures of everything from buildings to merchandise to company employees, for media such as catalogs, advertisements, and websites. In addition, they may document equipment or projects for company records and reports. This is often one of the more lucrative careers in photography
Fine arts photographers: They sell the pictures they take as art. Their work may be featured in a museum or gallery. Fashion photographers photograph models in order to highlight a designer's clothes. Fine-art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally representing objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer; and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services.
Aerial photographers: Aerial photographers travel in planes or helicopters to capture photographs of buildings and landscapes. They often use cameras with gyrostabilizers to counteract the movement of the aircraft and ensure high-quality images. Take aerial photographs of places, buildings, landscapes, terrains during natural disasters, war, or under similar situations from aircraft in flight for use in news, business, industrial, scientific or military purpose
Scientific photographers: They may use specialized equipment to take pictures of cells, bacteria, internal body parts, and faraway planets. They may need additional scientific training and may specialize in a specific type of scientific or medical photography. Scientific photographers document a variety of subjects in order to record experiments, illustrate technical information and bring to life images not normally visible to the eye. They often use special imaging techniques and equipment such as micrography, infrared photography, underwater photography and many more. Usually, scientific photographers work for government agencies, research facilities or universities.
Freelance Photographer: As a freelance photographer you can be your own boss rather than working on staff at a studio, publication or other company. There are opportunities for freelance photography careers in just about any industry, from news photography to event photography to event photography to fashion photography. Though it cab is challenging to establish yourself in the business, the constant variety of assignment means you’ll never be bored.
Wildlife Photographer: Wildlife photography is a genre of photography concerned with documenting various forms of wildlife in their natural habitat. As well as requiring photography skills, wildlife photographers may need field craft skills. For example, some animals are difficult to approach and thus a knowledge of the animal's behavior is needed in order to be able to predict its actions. Photographing some species may require stalking skills or the use of a hide/blind for concealment.
Food Photography: Food photography is a still life photography genre used to create attractive still life photographs of food. It is a specialization of commercial photography, the products of which are used in advertisements, magazines, packaging, menus or cookbooks. Professional food photography is a collaborative effort, usually involving an art director, a photographer, a food stylist, a prop stylist, and their assistants
Fashion Photography: Fashion photography is a genre of photography which is devoted to displaying clothing and other fashion items. Fashion photography is most often conducted for advertisements or fashion magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, or Elle. Fashion photography has developed its own aesthetic in which the clothes and fashions are enhanced by the presence of exotic locations or accessories. Fashion photography has been in existence since the earliest days of photography. They work in the studio as well on different locations.