When you go out looking for obtaining photography services, it is not uncommon to find degree holding and experienced professionals in the business of photography. If you look out, you would invariably be able to find schools and colleges in your country; some could well be situated in your own town or city or in your neighboring county. These professional photographers have most likely undergone a degree course conducted by the so many colleges, universities, schools of art and journalism schools around. The programs could be carrying names such as Professional Photography, Digital Photography, Mass Communication and Graphic Design. Products from such photographers create a great impression and have a lasting impact. But then, you also get to notice many who may not be flashing any degree or certificate.
Yes it is possible to acquire skills in the hobby and perhaps make it a professional carrier for oneself as a full time photographer and seek a full time job in the noble profession. Let us first examine the initial steps of kick starting a satisfying career in photography.
Stock photography is what I want to bring for your consideration on the table. Income for photographers from stock photography has been threatened for quite some time but the variety of photography that keeps it steady and attractive comes from the innovative and out of the box ideas that such photographs discover and bring to the public at large through the amply available medium. Stock photography for some professional photographers, can prove to be a tough job as they could be having much business to be able to serve the needs of stock photography stores. So getting in touch with a professional photographer can be examined in the hope of getting a reference to a stock photography business house.
Stock photography is not an easy market to get into either. The idea and the opportunities are being grabbed by many and hence the competition is tough. So one has to hone his skills – one way or the other, to bring the zing in their photography products.
When you begin getting steady stock photography orders, you need to keep aside or save enough to undergo a certificate course in photography to secure an edge over the other learners and spring ahead in the race. It should not be difficult to find reputable training institutes close from your area of operations. Such trainings would certainly push your strengths to a higher level and put you at par with many other in great demand.
Micro stock agencies too can be considered, however these agencies operate on lower budgets and obviously their compensations may not attract many and you would end up with too little in your pockets. Moreover you would be submitting too many pictures and it would become practically impossible to keep control over unauthorized usage of your photographs. But the silver lining here is that you would get valuable inputs as to what most of the public is looking for and thus you can sharpen your skills by focusing all your energies in such areas that are in higher demand. Fulfilling the demanded product would automatically catapult you into the limelight and therefore prosperity and career fulfillment.
To start with, these days you have the luxury of choosing from so many different kinds of cameras. More the professional cameras used, better the quality of the picture. The color quality and the resolution make a big difference between a branded camera and other cameras. So the camera you choose matters a lot especially when you are considering making a living out of it. So now you know whether to go for the amateur ones or the more professional ones.
It is important to understand the difference between the quality of pictures when taken in automatic mode and a manual mode. Professional photography studios avoids the automatic operations. But these days the technology is advancing at a breakneck speed and camera manufacturers are coming out with innovations that woo the manual-loving photographers too. The crux lies in learning the tricks of getting a great picture using your mind and hence you need to hone the skills on adjusting all the controls on your camera manually. Anyways the automatic ones are more for the people who just want to snap up a picture. For them it is not a matter of bread and butter.
You definitely saved all the money that you would have otherwise spent in undergoing a degree course in photography. But then it certainly would not hurt to browse some books on photography, buy at least one that appeals most to you, and then burn the midnight oil. You will find the shops flooded with hundreds of books on the subject. The examples given in there and the matters described in there would certainly do a world of good in fulfilling your desires to becoming a professional full time photographer – without a formal degree in photography.