How To Make A Career In Photography In India?
Earlier, photography was just done as a hobby or a leisure time activity for capturing important events, happenings, scenic beauty, etc. However, slowly as the demand for outsourcing the job of clicking pictures increased, many coerces for learning this art were introduced and people took up photography as a profession. Many people who have a flair for photography across various states of India are now increasingly taking up photography as a career option. Photography is a growing field in India. It requires a creative aptitude, interest in recording various things, ability to use the photography equipment and an eye for detail. If you are also interested in taking up photography as a profession, here are some guidelines for you.
The first thing that you must do is to identify that whether or not photography is a career of your choice. You must make sure that photography is something that you like and would love to carry forward throughout your life. If you feel tiresome or bored of practicing this art, it is not a good option for you. How can one check this? Do you like photography? Does it come naturally to you? Do you often forget about meals and other tasks while clicking pictures? Do people praise the pictures clicked by you? Would you rank photography on top amongst your other interests? Are you keen on perfection? Do colours and contrast make you think deeper into the photographs? If an answer to the above questions is a clear yes, it indicates your passion for photography. The work of a photographer requires you to meet new people, be creative, dynamic and shoot at various locations. If you are ready to put in the requisite amount of hard work and work with dedication, this option welcomes you with open arms for a successful career.
Now that you are sure of entering into this field, it is important to take adequate coaching for the same to polish up your skills. Various institutes and universities are offering specialised photography diplomas, degrees, etc. Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, Sri Venkateswara University, Kashi Vidyapeeth, Bhopal Vishwa vidyalaya, etc. are some of the institutions offering photography courses. You can also join a course abroad and practice photography in India, if you wish to learn the technology used and other things from the other countries. There are no specific requirements for eligibility for most of the photography courses. An undergraduate can also enrol for the diploma courses in photography. You can take up this course along with the regular graduation degree. However, before choosing a course you must choose a specialisation for yourself.
There are various types of photography career courses. You can choose to become a wedding photographer or a photo journalist or a pet photographer or a baby photographer or a wildlife photographer or a scientific photographer or an aerial photographer or an advertisement photographer or a fashion photographer or a nature photographer. The list is endless. You can choose your specialisation based on your area of interest, scope of the option, competition involved, preference, courses available, career opportunities, placement options, remuneration, etc. Photography offers several job opportunities in various fields. Some examples are ? an advertising photographer can take up a job in an advertising agency; a food photographer can join any company on manufacturing food products or beverages, marketing division if a restaurant, etc.; a fashion photographer can join an export house, a garment manufacturer, an advertising agency, a dress designer, etc.; a wildlife photographer can join a magazine, an NGO, etc.
A specialised course in photography will explain the various aspects of handling photography equipment, various creative angles, tact in dealing with your clients, how to add a touch of creativity to the photographs, etc. Many courses have a mandatory training attached to the curriculum. During this period, the student is asked to assist an established photographer and learn from them. A practical training helps a lot in getting an actual feel of how things are performed, how are things managed, etc. A hand on experience of the latest technology used in photography is also a great learning. The trainee is also sometimes paid for by the employer. You can also get a job offer on the completion of this training.
Once you have done a course in photography, it is your option whether you want to join a company or become a freelancer or assist an existing photographer or start up your own photography business. It is however recommended that you must gain some experience by working for some years and only then think of opening your own business. This will help you understand the practices followed in the industry and will also give you certain links that can prove to be beneficial.
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