The fame as well as glory that professional photography offers to a novice along with charm of handling stylish equipment is often enough to intrigue young minds to start with it as a profession. Nevertheless, before the trigger is pressed it is important that any novice gets an understanding of this vocation.
Not only is the competition cut-throat, but also it might take some time till you stop being monetarily dependent on your family, if you take photography as a source of living. The great news is that, for those who manage to do well in their learning time, there’s no looking back. If you have exceptional talent behind the lens, photography can prove to be a lifelong career and well paying, both in terms of fame as well as remunerations. But, how to go about it? It’s easy. A few photographers choose to be self-learners, while others want proper education to get an edge over others. Even though the path might be long-drawn-out if you decide on the former, with their experience self-learnt photographers turn out to be self-equipped to understand how to handle difficult situations. On the other hand, it surely benefits if you are trained by a professional institution or mentor whom you are able to refer to, when doubtful.
When you are done with the learning stage, it is time to start with the pro-zone. You again have got to decide; whether you want to work independently (incomes might fluctuate immensely but you would get creative independence) or get associated with a well-known brand (and serve a person above you, who pays you well, however dictates your frames). In both of the circumstances, your personal growth will bank on how creative you can be and simultaneously how much quality can you provide in your work while operating against expensive resources as well as strict time limits. If you decide to be a photo-journalist, you can easily have your calendars reversed and forget about fixed work timings. In the pursuit of getting that picture-perfect shot, you might at times be exposed to ‘unsafe’ situations, however the satisfaction of meeting who-is-who merely compensates for all.
As a studio photographer, doing fashion brochures or taking commercial pictures, excellent precision in your final product as well as great understanding of light is what you should have. Nowadays, you might come across most employment avenues in this field, particularly due to rapid opening of e-commerce portals and aggressive graphic campaigns that companies are investing in, to advertise their products or services.
Wildlife photographers are able to contribute their work in magazines or websites dealing on this subject, however always on the move attitude and staying away from family is not everybody’s cup of tea.
Shooting photographs at marriages or opening your own studio are other opportunities that can earn you your livelihood as a professional photographer. Also, you can practice some different photography genres, for example fine art or abstract, where you are able to show and auction your work to art fans.
To sum it up, photography is a profession that will not just help you earn your living, however may also take you places.
Lastly, there are many photography schools that offer photography courses in India to make the most of this career.