Photography – the most lucrative, fun and adventurous profession. With a recent boom in media, fashion and advertising, the opportunities in this profession are flourishing. Sometime back being a professional photographer might not have appealed the masses but now lots of people want to try their hand in this creative field. This leads us to our next question, how to go about pursuing a career in photography.
One way is you buy a DSLR or a point & shoot camera which is very common these days and just go about clicking pictures; there are various forums online which help you in guiding how to click great pictures. There are a lot of tips & tricks available online in the form of blogs, e-books, tutorials, etc to help you in becoming better at this skill over time and gradually taking a leap into Photography as a full-time career. We are mentioning a few sites which can help you in this process:
The other way is a step by step process for those of you who know that Photography is your calling. We would suggest that you go for some photography courses to get your basics in place. Going for a course will not only get you a certificate/diploma/degree which will be recognized in the industry when you are struggling to begin your career; it will also be a good place to network with your peers and teachers.
Top Photography institutes in India
- Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi provides a Certificate course in Photography.
- Osmania University, Hyderabad provides a degree course Bachelor in Fine Arts (Photography).
- A.J. Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Delhi provides a P.G Diploma course in Still Photography & Visual Communication. (This is a private college affiliated to the Jamia Millia Islamia University).
- The Indian Institute of Digital Art and Animation (Kolkata) provides two full-time degree courses – Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) & B.Sc Photography & Cinematography.
- Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT), Noida offers a 3-month Diploma program as well as a 1-year P.G Diploma program in Still Photography & Journalism.
- Sir JJ School of Applied Art, Mumbai provides a 2 years Master of Fine Arts Course and a 1 year part time Apprentice Training course.
- Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC), New Delhi. Offers a 1 year P.G Diploma in Creative Photography and a 2 month Certificate Weekend course in Still Photography.
We have further consolidated a list of other institutes offering various courses in photography:
- Fergussan College, Affiliated to University of Pune
- Symbiosis School of Photography (SSP), Pune
- Delhi School of Photography, New Delhi
- The Light and Life Academy, Ooty
- Bharati Vidyapeeth’s School of Photograph, Pune
- FX School, Surat
- Indian School of Photography, New Delhi
- Jewellery Design and Technology Institute (JDTI), Noida
- Harkisan Mehta Foundation Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication (HMFIJ), Mumbai
- Delhi School of Photography, New Delhi
Photography equipment/gear required:
To pursue a career in professional photography, you need to have a few basic and few specific types of equipment/gear. Talking about the monetary investment, the fee structure varies depending upon the course. Camera – the instrument for photography is another huge investment along with other types of equipments like different lenses, tripods, filters, etc.
Apart from monetary investments, this profession demands a lot of time. There are no fixed hours of working. The more you click the more expertise you gain. Your work doesn’t end at clicking; editing the pictures is a huge task in itself. This is quite a time-consuming profession, however, don’t lose your heart – remember ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’.
As a photographer you have a lot of options, you can choose to freelance, work full-time or even start your own business. To help you kick start your career you can assist some of the senior photographers wherein you may earn anywhere between Rs 3,000 to Rs 6,500 per month.
Remuneration depends on the type of photography you choose – Commercial and advertising photographers are highly paid likewise photographers involved in photojournalism like those working for discovery, TLC or national geographic also earn handsome amounts.
Freelancing can fetch you anything between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 for a project depending upon the kind of assignments and your experience. With a good portfolio and exposure, you may even get paid more than this.
In a full-time job, as a fresher, the pay may vary from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 per month depending on your skill and the creativity you add to your work.
A career in photography could be the best career choice for those who are passionate about this field. Photography is part of the service industry. We provide the product as demanded by our clients. Remember no matter what the customer is always right. Never lose a client. Behind every perfect shot, there are thousands of clicks. In this career perseverance is the only key. Initially, you might have to settle with mediocre pay but don’t you worry child. Once you know how to get your angles right then the ball is certainly in your court.
This career comes out of pure passion and the level of contentment one achieves by following their passion is unbeatable. So pull up your socks and be ready to be a new trendsetter in the world of photography.
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