Sunday, May 20, 2012

Careers in Photography

Do you like photography and you spends most of the time taking some good photos. If you are a hobby photographer and wants to make a living from the photography then a career in photography can be a good option for you. With the booming of the communicating networks, advertising media, fashion industry, and digital photography, career in photography is developing as one of the most challenging professions with great commercial value. To be a professional photographer one should possess skills like an eye for aesthetical details and composition with good visual and communicating ideas, along with the requisite technical expertise. Through proper training, one can polish his/her skills and acquire the adequate knowledge about light, background, color, shades, visual effect, human expressions, and nature, to outshine in this lucrative field.
Career in Photography = Business and Technical knowledge + Creative eye

Course Details
Photography courses are available in many institutes across India. Most of these institutes offer traditional courses in photography, whereas some institutes offer photography as a secondary subject. There is option of part-time or full-time professional courses and crash courses in photography, ranging from 7 days to 3 years in duration. Photography can also be learnt by pursuing degree/diploma/certificate courses, according to his/her own choice and convenience. Many domains are available in photography, such as professional photography, motion picture photography, fashion photography, basic photography, fashion photography, advanced photography, digital photography, and photo journalism. After completing 10+2 level examination, one can enroll for a graduate degree, Diploma, or Certificate program in photography and its related fields.

Career Prospects
A good no. of lucrative career options are available in photography after completion of a photography course. The available job options are as ad and fashion photographer, press photographer or photo journalist, portrait photographer, industrial photographer, wildlife photographer, feature photographer, forensic photographer, and scientific, technical and medical photographer. As a professional photographer, one can have job offers from many places such as magazines, advertising agencies, newspapers, fashion and design houses, news channels, industrial houses, and various government departments. There is another option of working as freelancer and making money without any fulltime commitment. As a freelancer one can work on wildlife photography, travel, wedding, sports and environmental photography. There is also an option of working with a company and designing specific themes and click pictures of brochures, catalogues, product manuals, company layouts, and newsletters in advertisement agencies and industrial houses.

Institutes Offering
Many institutes in India offer several courses in photography. The most prominent institutions are: Sir JJ School of Applied Arts, Mumbai; Shari Academy of Photography and Digital Imaging, Mumbai; Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad; National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad; College of Art, Delhi University; Ambitions 4 Photography Academy, Chennai; Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai; National Academy of Photography, Kolkata; National Institute of Photography, Mumbai; Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, New Delhi; Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Academy of Photography, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata; Film and Television Institute of India, Pune; Creative Hut, Ahmedabad; Ravishankar University, Raipur; Fergussen College, Pune; Delhi School of Photography, New Delhi; Vineye Photo School, Maharashtra; Garware Institute of Career Education and Development (GICE), Mumbai; Southern Film Institute, Thiruvananthapuram; Quick Photographic Technical Institute, Thiruvananthapuram; and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata.

Earning for a fresher is not very good in this industry. But after one year experience one can start earning some good money. At the entry level stage of assisting, you can earn about Rs. 8000 per month. If you get placed in some good company chances of higher packages are also there. The income in this industry depends on one’s talent and experience. With experience the income also goes up.

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