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A vacation with a camera in hand seems to be “in” these days.

Photography begins as a hobby and eventually takes the form of a career. So if you’re someone who is using your skills and talents for a part-time hobby, then it’s time to recognize that your talent needs to be molded as a career. But before you rush to the nearest store to upgrade your camera or buy a lens, here are a few tips to jump-start your photography career.

Why pursue a career in photography?

The field of photography has developed enormously in recent years. Photography has traditionally been limited to events, weddings, and films; But the rise of e-commerce platforms, advertising, mass media and digitally related fields has created a huge demand for professional photographers.

The hectic rhythm of life that people follow nowadays is difficult to cope with. We all have become addicted to the abundance of websites for clothing, cosmetics, food, etc., which has led to a huge demand for good photographers in the commercial field, such as fashion photography, food photography, product photography.

There are also other fields like sports photography, wildlife photography, wildlife photography, portrait photography, landscape photography that have gained popularity.

How to become a photographer in India

Now that you have an overview of the tremendous career opportunities in this field, it is time to move on to the next important topic.

1. Learn by taking a course

To make a career in the world of digital photography, you need to keep up to date with the new techniques and equipment. With the turn of the century, when aspiring photographers used to learn the basics of photography techniques themselves, institutes across the country are offering courses to educate people in the creative field.

You can do a degree in photography (Bachelor or Master) or pursue a diploma course, the duration of which can vary from 3 months to 1 year.

Getting a photography major from institutions would help enhance your existing skills and fill in the gaps. Expanding knowledge helps shape your career.

2. Back to basics

By signing up for a class, you will learn the basics of photography.

  • framing
  • rule of thirds
  • shutter speed
  • editing

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

3. Practice and learn

Once you’ve learned the craft, the next step is to practice it and become proficient. Participating in photography contests and events can give you an opportunity to grow, identify your strengths, and develop your skills. Competitions also give you a great platform to showcase your talent and acquired skills.

They give you the opportunity to have your work evaluated and critiqued by a panel of experts with the requisite expertise, and bringing in their suggestions not only improves your work but also motivates you to excel in the field.

4. Choose your niche/segment

In order to become a professional photographer, it is important to experiment with different genres, which will allow you to gain knowledge about different areas of photography. For example, covering a social event will expose you to candid photography, while working with models will expose you to fashion photography.

So, as you venture into different fields, you can better understand your strengths and build expertise in the fields of your choice. In the long run, you can carve out a niche for yourself in a specific area of ​​photography.

5. Create your blog/website

Showcasing your skills is just as important as doing a good job. A portfolio, blog, social account or website can easily be turned into your marketing brochure. Creating a portfolio communicates your views, skills, abilities, etc. and gives you a professional perspective.

If you have your own blog/website, you can showcase your work to increase your chances of getting noticed. There are many websites and online communities where you can learn how to create your own portfolios, e.g. B. Folio, FolioHD, Portfoliobox, 500px and others.

6. Get the right gear

Just as doctors are incomplete without their surgical tools, photographers are incomplete without their equipment. It depends on good equipment. Famous photographers like Bobby Joshi, Raghu Rai, Daboo Ratnani or Steve McCurry etc. love to work with world class equipment, be it IMAX cameras or good DSLR cameras. They make sure their equipment is spot on as it can often make a huge difference in the quality and perspective of the images.

A lens is also an important piece of equipment as it can provide a variety of shooting opportunities. For example, you can opt for a zoom lens for wildlife photography, a wide-angle lens for landscape photography, etc. and choose from different types of lenses depending on the genre of photography you want.

Some additional tips

If you are new to the business world, you don’t need to spend a fortune to buy an expensive camera. Start with a point-and-shoot or mobile camera, and later move to a DSLR once you’re confident in your skills and passion for the field. Buying a DSLR largely depends on your budget.

You can try cameras from well-known brands like Canon, Nikon or Sony, which allow you to play around with different manual settings and deliver intricate, high-resolution images.

The price of these cameras starts from around Rs 25.00-30,000 for entry-level cameras and can even go up to Rs 80,000-1 lakh for high-end cameras. Since photography is an expensive profession, it’s wise to test out a few cameras and lenses before making such a large investment.

There’s nothing wrong with saying that photography is a vision, a vision you show the world and a vision that caters to your client’s needs. Photography is one of the sectors that offers the flexibility to work with companies, e-commerce websites and magazines, digital portals, as well as independently as a freelancer.

It’s a highly technical field that requires precision, a keen eye for lighting and detail, a creative inclination and patience.

If you think you have such skills, then photography is definitely the path for you!

By Shweta Tanwar Mukherjee, Photographer and Indian mom influencer.

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