January 4th, 2009
Artists around the world have experienced the equivalence of “writer’s block” within their own discipline, as they strive to develop images and ways to become innovative. Photography is no different from other artistic disciplines and involves searching long and hard for the right image to deliver the message you wish it to. Photography jobs range from anything from gallery work (for the established photographer) to photojournalistic work, and making a name for yourself in any type of photography realm has become increasingly difficult for budding photographers.
Learning how to develop your photographic skills early on is a way to make yourself stand out from the rest of photographers. Before you even think about the subjects you will be photographing, try to understand the deeper realm of photography, that which emanates from the lighting and shading which demonstrate the art of a true photographer. Once you get a firm grasp on your strengths and weakness in the mechanics of photography, you can begin to develop other talents within the field. However, understanding the importance of lighting, positioning, and everything else that goes into photography is a valuable asset within any photography job.
Once you get a proper understanding of the mechanics, you can begin to delve into the wide range of subjects that you can photograph. Whether you have a pension for the dramatic, and enjoy the photojournalistic effects of recent events or whether you enjoy the simplicity of nature, there will be career opportunities in both fields. However, displaying your creativity is one vital requirement that potential employers will look for. No one wants a photographer who takes a snapshot of a sunflower with the same technique as an amateur photographer; they could just get their ten-year old child for this task if they did not want creativity or skill. Instead, you need to prove to potential employers that you have a deep understanding of nature and your photograph is expected to reveal this through the mechanics, placement, setting, background, etc.
Photography jobs are typically regarded as a career choice that is not as “stable” as a business degree would place students, but job openings have increased in volume as our society has advanced in technology. Cameras have evolved to a new realm and can now capture vast phenomenon around the world, such as lightening storms and satellite movements. This has opened up an even greater array of positions for photographers, although they first need to conquer the early stages of photography and display their inner creativity through the processes.