Photography careers include
portrait photography, weddings,
photojournalism, travel, nature
and underwater photography.
Passionate about taking good photos? Are you the "go-to" person everybody calls on to take photos at weddings or family functions? Want to make money with your digital camera?
For those who love to take color or b&w
photos and have an eye for editing and stunning composition, a career as a photographer may be the ideal way to turn a photography
hobby into a creative and satisfying career.
Although there are a number of photographers who are self-taught in all
aspects of the profession, specific classes or a full photography
training course will likely go a long way in helping to master both the creative and technical aspects of this most commercial
of commercial arts. It will also speed the way to a full-time job or self-employment
as a professional photographer.
Breaking into the industry may also entail working as a photographer's assistant
for a number of years while building up a portfolio of work.
Along with possessing creativity and imagination, self employed photographers
must invest in equipment like cameras, lighting equipment, lenses, tripods, and filters.
"With the prevalance of digital cameras, photography is ultimately
an industry in flux."
To market their work, they must also know how to put together a pleasing portfolio of their best photographs to help sell their services to prospective employers or clients. Online galleries are also increasingly popular among professional photographers as a convenient way to present their work to the world.
The job outlook for the photography industry is for average growth.
This is offset, however, by the fact that competition for photography
jobs is likely to increase. The falling price of digital
cameras and equipment along with the ability to store and
access photographs, particularly over the Internet, means more
people coming into the industry.
With the prevalance of digital cameras, photography is ultimately
an industry in flux. Photojournalists are particularly susceptible as citizen
journalism continues to undercut jobs. Therefore, photographers who can adapt to
the changing realities of the job and harness the new opportunities
that a shifting industry creates will be much more likely to succeed.
For photographers with a steady salary, the average earnings are
a little over $25,000 a year. Freelance and self-employed photographers
may earn more depending on any number of factors such as contacts,
client base, rates, reputation, and years in the industry.
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