Jobs in this Industry
What is Photography?
Photography is the process of recording image. This process was created over 200 years ago. The main purpose of photography is to capture moments you’d want to last forever. Working in photography is the perfect way to take a hobby and make a living off it.
Benefits a Photography Careers
When considering what career to go into, you should look at the benefits that come with it. Photography careers are often seen as artistic careers that don’t have as much stress as corporate careers. Here are three benefits that make photography careers so attractive.
Start Your own Business
If you don’t want to work for a company or for someone else, with photography you don’t have to. Having your own equipment and building a portfolio allows you to work for yourself. You will set your own schedule, prices and work the way you want to.
How would you like to travel around the world because of your job? Depending on what type of photographer you want to be, traveling might be mandatory for you. You will travel around the world to capture things that your country might not have.
How much you earn depends on two things. This being your experience and your skills set. The average earning of an entry level photographer is R182,035 a year. With a good qualification, dedication and more experience you can increase your earning potential.
Photography job Opportunities
With the constant growth of technology, any industries rely on photography for modern imagery. Today there are several careers in this field. Below are the top three careers in photography.Three most popular photography careers in South Africa:
Camera Operator: records images or videos for an audience. Can work for TV shows, news broadcasters, music videos and much more.
Art Director: are responsible for the visual component of any marketing campaign
Photographer: are artists that capture moments and memories with a digital or film cameras
Skills Needed for Photography
The skills needed to be a photography professional would depend on the career you choose to go into. There are a few general skills that you can use in any photography career. These skills will assist you with your craft and business.
Have you heard of the saying knowledge is power? It applies to photography.
Since you will be working with a lot of equipment, it is important that you understand and know how all the parts work and what they are used for.
This will give you independence and will impress future employers.
Eye for Detail
Being able to capture the beauty in something is very important. Having a good eye will also help you when editing and knowing which angle will produce the best image.
It is very important that you are up to date with laws about photography. These laws would include copyright and contract laws. Not knowing these laws can be fatal to your career.
Having a few business skills is an essential part of being a professional. If you decide to become a business owner, you will have to know how to do everything from finance to marketing.
How can I get a Career in Photography?
Would you like to become a photography professional? Although you can go into photography with just pure talent, the following steps with make it easier and more efficient. These steps are also in place to ensure you are the best at what you do.
Studying or perhaps doing a short course in photography is the first step. This will equip you with the theory and skills needed. Also while studying you will have the opportunity to choose what kind of photographer you want to be.
If you want to make photography you only income, you will have to invest in yourself. This means that you will have to buy equipment. Photography equipment consists of cameras, camera lenses and tripods to mention a few.
Intern With a Photography Professional
Gaining some experience is always a benefit. Interning will not only give you the experience you need but it will also give you a feel of the job. Once you have completed your studies, shadow a photography professional working in the field you wish to go into.
Now that you have your qualification and a bit of experience, set career goals. This will keep you motivated and give you something to work towards.
Self Promotion or get a job
In the industry of photography your work speaks for you. It is very important to compile your work in a portfolio for potential employers and clients. This along with your experience and qualification this will be the starting point of your career.
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Author: Tia Sauls
Last Updated: May 7, 2020