One of the most exciting aspects of photography is the variety of
jobs available in the field, ranging from highly specialized,
technical work to jobs that require creativity.
As a graduate of photography you will find yourself in such areas
- Press photography (also known
as news photojournalism)
- Feature photography
- Editorial photography
- Commercial / Industrial
- Portrait / wedding
- Advertising photography
- Fashion photography
- Digital photography
- Nature and Wildlife
- Forensic Photography
- Freelancing photographer.
Here are some reasons why
photography may be just the career your looking for:
1. Photographers Can Earn High
Do you know that photographers
make very good money? The 2009 minimum rates for freelance
photographers, as approved by the Australian Media, Entertainment &
Arts Alliance, are as follows:
These are just minimum rates
set by the Australian Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. A
photographer can charge as much as their clients are willing to pay.
You can charge from $1,000 to $4,000 for a wedding, $1,500 a day
(or more) for commercial (business) photography, and $1,200 a day
for portrait photography. How many people do you personally know
who earn between $1,000 and $4,000 a day?
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Photography Business Has Low Start-up Costs
All you need to start is a basic camera with manual controls (film
or digital) that you probably already own, could easily buy (new or
second hand), or could borrow or hire. You also need a phone and
some basic office stationery. You don't need your own studio or
darkroom. Studios and darkrooms are available for hire, if or when
you need them, and you can bill the hire costs straight back to your
3. You Can Work From Home
You don't need a shop front to be a professional photographer. You
can run your business from a spare room or even from your kitchen
table. You can easily mix a home-based photography business with
study, raising a family, or a full-time or part-time job.
4. You'll Be Your Own Boss
Imagine it. You're the boss. All the profits belong to you. You set
your prices, your hours, your work schedule and your assignments.
There's no limit to your income apart from your time and how much
effort you put into it. You can work part-time, full-time or as many
hours as you like. The choice is yours.
5. Your Photos Will Enjoy A Large Demand
There is a
huge, worldwide demand for good photographs. Companies are
outsourcing all their non-core functions, and they can't afford to
employ permanent, in-house photographers. Instead, they hire
professional photographers as needed. The market for photographers
keeps on growing.
Good photographers are in very high demand and customers will
continually search for your services. Good photographers can “pick
and choose” their jobs. They might refuse a 1-day, $2,000 wedding
assignment. They'll just say, “Sorry, but I don't do weddings”.
Imagine that? When was the last time you refused a 1-day, $2,000
job? Imagine being in a position like that? You can take photographs
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6. You'll Meet Lots Of
You can rub elbows with the rich, the famous and the powerful:
fashion models, actors, actresses, local and international
celebrities, successful business people, politicians and authors.
Photography provides instant introductions to very powerful and
influential people. Being a photographer opens doors. Imagine the
interesting stories you could share with friends, family, or people
you meet socially. Or, if you like meeting ordinary people, then you
can specialize in portrait, wedding and function photography.
7. Photography Offers An
Amazing Amount Of Variety
Let's face it. Most jobs are boring. You do the same old thing every
day, every week, every month, every year. You look forward to
holidays just so you can do something different. Something
interesting. Photography offers a huge amount of variety. In the
morning, you could be photographing food for a shop or a restaurant.
In the afternoon, you could be photographing a basketball game. And
the next day, you could be photographing a wedding or a function.
Photography makes every other job look outright dull and boring.
8. You'll Enjoy Prestige And
Television and movies present photographers as attractive, admired,
smart men and women living adventurous, glamorous and exciting
lives. Photographers are respected for their high level of artistic
skill and technical knowledge. If anyone asks you what you do for a
living, you can answer with confidence, “I'm a professional
photographer”. People will assume you're smart, wealthy, and highly
9. Photography Offers An Equal Opportunity Playing Field
It doesn't matter how old you are. It doesn't matter what sex you
are. It doesn't matter what race you are. It doesn't matter what you
look like. It doesn't matter what jobs you've had in the past. There
are no formal educational requirements for becoming a professional
photographer. There are no formal licensing requirements for opening
a photography business. It's open to anyone with ambition and a
desire to be successful.
10. Photography Is Relatively Easy Work
A common belief is that photographers need to shoot absolutely
stunning, artistic, prize-winning photographs to make good money.
This is not true. Your photographs must be very good, but they don't
need to be absolutely perfect. And it's not hard, backbreaking work
either. All that's involved is the ability to communicate with
people and take good photographs. What a job!
Model / Glamour photography
Travel and tourism photography
Product and advertising photography