How to Start a Career in Photography

July 20, 2019
How to Start a Career in Photography

How to Start a Career in Photography

Travelling the world with a camera in hand seems to be the most “in” thing these days. Photography is one of those fields that often starts as a hobby, and eventually turns into a full-fledged career. So, if you are someone who uses his/her skills and talents for a part-time hobby, then it’s time you realize your talent and turn it into a full-time profession.

But, before you rush to the nearest store and buy a high-end camera and start clicking, here are a few tips to kick start your career in Photography.

Why Pursue a Career in Photography?

The field of photography has changed tremendously in the last couple of years. Photography had, traditionally, been restricted to events, weddings, and movies; but in the recent years, the boom of e-commerce, advertising, mass media, and related fields has created a large demand for professional photographers.

The hectic life schedule that people follow these days is difficult to keep up with. All of us have become highly dependent on various websites for clothing, cosmetics, food, etc. and this has led to a huge demand of good photographers in the commercial field, such as fashion photography and food photography. There are other fields as well, such as sports photography, wildlife photography, pet photography, etc., that have gained popularity.

How to Become a Photographer in India?

Now that you have got a basic idea with respect to the vast career opportunities this field entails, it’s time we move on to the next important thing.

1. Take a Course

To make a career in today’s digital photography world, you need to stay updated with the new techniques and equipment. Earlier, where people learned photography all by themselves, the changing times and increasing zeal to learn photography have led several institutions to offer courses to train people in the required skills and techniques. You can get a degree in photography (Bachelor’s or Master’s), or pursue diploma courses, the duration of which may vary between 3 months and 1 year.

Morph Academy offer Diploma in Photography, Certificate Course in Photography

Photography Content Course in Chandigarh:

  • Introduction to photography
  • Understanding photography as a profession
  • Commercial Photography
  • Editorial Photography
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Basic understanding of Documentary photography
  • Outdoor Photography
  • Nature Photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Understanding all kinds of portraiture – editorial, studio/commercial, fine art etc
  • Stock Photography workshop
  • Public Art Photography

2. Understand the Basics

Enrolling yourself in a course will help you understand the basics of photography, like:

  • Framing (Mid-shot, Close-up, Aerial shot, etc.)
  • Rule of thirds, which is the alignment of the subject in a way to produce a more engaging image.
  • Shutter Speed, also known as exposure time that helps create dramatic effects by freezing action or blurring motion.

Understanding these basics will help you take balanced and interesting photographs.

3. Participate in Competitions/ Take up Internships

Once you learn the craft, the next step is to practice it, and become proficient. Participating in photography competitions and events can give you an opportunity to grow, recognise your strengths, and develop your skills. Competitions also provide you with a great platform to showcase your talent and the skills you have acquired. They give you a chance to get your work evaluated and critiqued by a panel of judges with the requisite knowledge of the field, and inculcating their suggestions not only improves your work, but also motivates you to outdo yourself in the next task.

Apart from participating in competitions, you can also do internships, explore freelance opportunities, engage in pro-bono work for cafes and products, or take up work in any genre of photography you’re interested in. Working on such projects will provide you with great exposure to the field, and will give you the opportunity to meet and network with like-minded people.

4. Create a Niche for Yourself

After you are done participating in various competitions and engaging in lots of freelance work, you can work to take your skills to the next level.

To become a professional photographer, it is important to experiment with different genres that allow you to gain knowledge about different areas of photography. For instance, covering a social event will give you exposure to candid photography, while working with models will give you exposure to fashion photography. So, venturing out into various domains will help you understand your areas of strength, and help you build up your expertise in the areas of your choosing. In the long run, you will be able to carve a niche in your chosen area of photography.

5. Create a Portfolio/ Blog/ Website

Showcasing your skills is as important as doing good work. A portfolio, blog or website can easily be turned into your marketing brochure. Making a portfolio communicates your views, abilities, skills, etc., and gives you a professional outlook. When you have your own blog/ website, you can showcase your work to increase your chances of getting noticed. There are a lot of websites and online communities, where you can learn to create your own portfolio, such as Fabrik, Folio, FolioHD, Portfoliobox, SmugMug,, 500px, Paulakluth, ASCD, 1X etc.

Is Equipment Important to Pursue Photography as a Career?

Just like doctors are incomplete without their surgical tools, photographers are incomplete without their equipment. Good equipment matters. Legendary photographers such as Ansel Adams, Raghu Rai, Daboo Ratnani or Steve McCurry, etc. like to work with world-class equipment, be it IMAX Cameras or good DSLR cameras. They make sure that their equipment is on-point, as it can often make a huge difference in the quality and angle of pictures.

A lens is also an important piece of equipment, as it can provide diverse shot options. For example, you can go for a zoom lens for wildlife photography, wide-angle lens for landscape photography, etc., and can choose from various types of lenses, depending on the genre of photography you like.

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