Career in photography - Salary, Jobs and Courses

CAREER IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Live a life without any limits. All things are possible to those who believe. So, stop thinking that career scopes are limited, i.e., there is only a certain field which I have to choose. You are not limited to certain courses, certain jobs, certain careers. Career has been not LIMITED TO ANY BOUNDARY; it is wide as BLACK HOLE. So, here we are going to discuss a career that was in shadow for many years. People tend to find this field to a very narrow band that has a restricted area. But now it has been becoming one of the most pursued careers and it rapidly emerges because of the huge social network.


Career in photography


Here, we'll discuss CAREER IN PHOTOGRAPHY. Yet it had become one of the most popular fields nowadays but still, people find some loopholes in it and tell don’t choose it as a career. So, here we'll explain to you how to build your career in photography.

Photography first started as an interest, then it becomes a hobby, then it further moves towards as a passion & finally one who has courage, pursue it as a career. It is a year of practice that makes one understand the Shutter Speed, ISO, EV, Aperture, Landscape/Portrait mode, Pro Color, etc. With the rapid increase of demand in the advertisement and media sector, the opportunities in the field of photography observe a tremendous boost.

 

ELIGIBILITY TO BECOME PHOTOGRAPHER

One needs to be full fill the eligibility criteria to establish a career in photography. One who can curve their skills according to the given criteria can make his/her future secure in this field. Following are the basic eligibility criteria.  

Qualification Required

  • Candidates must have cleared class 12th in any stream.
  • Graduation, diploma or certificate in Photography courses is an added advantage.
  • Skills are preferred more than academic qualifications.

Skills

  • Eye for Details
  • Artistic Approach
  • Aesthetic Taste
  • Knowledge of Photography
  • Communication Skills
  • Team Working Skills
  • Concentration Skills

Work Experience

  • Candidates with 1-2 years of hands-on training are preferred by top recruiters



PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES

Here you can find the list of popular courses which a photographer has to pursue to improve his photography skills. The average fees one needs to pay to obtain these degrees are also given. 

Course Name

Total Fees (Approx.)

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts and Photography)

INR 50,000 to INR 3,14,000

Diploma in Photography

INR 5,000 to INR 5,00,000

B.A. (Hons) Communication Design - Photography

INR 50,000 to INR 3,14,000

Professional Certificate in Wedding & Events Photography (EEMA)

INR 5,000 to INR 5,00,000

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography and Digital Imaging

INR 40,000 to INR 3,00,000




TOP COLLEGES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES

Students who want to make their career in the photography field can choose any course in the top photography institutes which are given below:- 

S.No.

COLLEGE/INSTITUTE

PLACE

1

Film and Television Institute of India

Pune

2

Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia University

New Delhi

3

University of Delhi

New Delhi

4

YMCA Centre for Mass Media

New Delhi

5

Academy for photographic excellence (Apex) 

New Delhi

6

 Asian Academy of Film & Television

Noida

7

Sir Aurobindo Institute Of Mass Communication

New Delhi

8

International Institute of Mass Media

New Delhi

9

Institute of Mass Communication

Manipal

 


SKILLS TO DEVELOP CAREER IN PHOTOGRAPHY

A photographer needs to develop certain skills to establish a good career in photography. From the composition of the photography to what the click represents, a photographer needs to upgrade these skills:

  • Capture subject in commercial-quality photographs.
  • Analyze and plan the composition of photographs.
  • Analyze the subject to natural and artificial lights.
  • A vision of what exactly the photographer is clicking.
  • A photographer also needs to enhance his communication skills.
  • Know how to use photographic software.
  • Able to use new photographic techniques and lighting equipment.
  • Have the ability to edit retouch and frame the photograph.

 

 

TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHERS

A photographer can curve a photograph accordingly to any role to which his/her skills and training match. The different roles which a photographer can bear are mentioned below.


1. AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHER

These types of photographers are used to take photographs of the building, places, landscapes, areas affected by war or natural disasters from aircraft or other flying objects for aerial posts. It is an indispensable tool for topographic mapping.


2. WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

Wildlife photographer makes a career of traveling to remote areas and taking photos of wild animals and natural scenery. Wildlife photography is a demanding and competitive vocation. Wildlife photographs can be sold to greeting card companies, printed as posters, sold as stock photography, collected into a book, displayed in an art gallery, or sold to a magazine. Additionally, some wildlife photographers are hired full-time by nature magazines. Becoming one with Nature


3. ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHER

One who works for an advertising agency to take photographs for a particular commercial is called an advertising photographer. The purpose of this photography is to show the item most attractively and to encourage its purchase. This can be found in various catalogs, price lists, brochures, etc. 


4. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

A photographer who is responsible for taking photos of wedding functions and occasions is known as a wedding photographer. A wedding includes a combo’s of portrait to culture, tradition… a photographer needs to be at his best.


5. FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

Cover shots of top magazines to moving up with trending styles, fashion photographer needs a characteristic of a portfolio to join and continue the work with the fashion industry. They catch the beauty of a person in-camera by capturing the photographs of models. This is all about getting angles right and lighting.


PAY SCALE OF PHOTOGRAPHER

Payment of photographer depends upon skills and vision he has. To get a perfect shot a photographer needs to wait for hours sometimes it went to days to get a perfect shot. So, the more the experience, the higher will be the amount. It is quite difficult to determine the salary of a photographer.

As per reports of PAYSCALE, the average salary offered to a photographer in India is Rs 3,90,653/year.

JOB PROFILE

AVERAGE SALARY

Wedding Photographer

Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 per day

Newspapers and Magazines

Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month

Fashion Photographer

Rs. 25,000 per month

Wildlife Photographer

Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 25,000 per month

Advertising Photographer

Rs. 25,000 per month

 

Skill in photography is acquired by practice, not by purchase. So this all the things you need to plan or to start your career in photography.


IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING WHEN A CAREER & A PASSION COME TOGETHER

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