Photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. It is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing (e.g., photolithography), and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication.
Types of photography
An amateur photographer is one who practices photography as a hobby/passion and not necessarily for profit. The quality of some amateur work is comparable to that of many professionals and may be highly specialized or eclectic in choice of subjects. Amateur photography is often pre-eminent in photographic subjects which have little prospect of commercial use or reward. Amateur photography grew during the late 19th century due to the popularization of the hand-held camera. Nowadays it has spread widely through social media and is carried out throughout different platforms and equipment, switching to the use of cell phone. Good pictures can now be taken with a cell phone which is a key tool for making photography more accessible to everyone.
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Commercial photography is probably best defined as any photography for which the photographer is paid for images rather than works of art. In this light, money could be paid for the subject of the photograph or the photograph itself. Wholesale, retail, and professional uses of photography would fall under this definition. The commercial photographic world could include:
Advertising photography: photographs made to illustrate and usually sell a service or product. These images, such as packshots, are generally done with an advertising agency, design firm or with an in-house corporate design team.
Fashion and glamour photography usually incorporates models and is a form of advertising photography. Fashion photography, like the work featured in Harper’s Bazaar, emphasizes clothes and other products; glamour emphasizes the model and body form. Glamour photography is popular in advertising and men’s magazines. Models in glamour photography sometimes work nude.
360 product photography displays a series of photos to give the impression of a rotating object. This technique is commonly used by ecommerce websites to help shoppers visualise products.
Concert photography focuses on capturing candid images of both the artist or band as well as the atmosphere (including the crowd). Many of these photographers work freelance and are contracted through an artist or their management to cover a specific show. Concert photographs are often used to promote the artist or band in addition to the venue.
Crime scene photography consists of photographing scenes of crime such as robberies and murders. A black and white camera or an infrared camera may be used to capture specific details.
Still life photography usually depicts inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural or man-made. Still life is a broader category for food and some natural photography and can be used for advertising purposes.
Real Estate photography focuses on the production of photographs showcasing a property that is for sale, such photographs requires the use of wide-lens and extensive knowledge in High-dynamic-range imaging photography.
Example of a studio-made food photograph.
Food photography can be used for editorial, packaging or advertising use. Food photography is similar to still life photography but requires some special skills.
Photojournalism can be considered a subset of editorial photography. Photographs made in this context are accepted as a documentation of a news story.
Paparazzi is a form of photojournalism in which the photographer captures candid images of athletes, celebrities, politicians, and other prominent people.
Portrait and wedding photography: photographs made and sold directly to the end user of the images.
Landscape photography depicts locations.
Wildlife photography demonstrates the life of animals. Ref: Wikipedia
Photography is an art. People think that it is easy to click a photo or make some video but in reality, it takes a lot of effort and skills to capture an amazing moment with a camera.
Most of the people choose photography as a career for the sake of money. At the start, they may face some difficulties to pursue this profession but after some time, they start to realize that photography can be a lucrative business.
Being a photographer, you can make money from different sources. There are no boundaries for you to earn money. Here are some of the ways that make photography a lucrative business for you.
- Throughout the year
Photography is a business that runs throughout the year. There is no out-season in this field. You can shoot at weddings, fashion shoots, sporting events and also any brand’s product. All these aspects will be run by, and need, the photographer all the time.
Weddings are held throughout the year, the fashion industry does not stop in any season, multiple sports events are held throughout the year and many products are launched to market all year round.
- High payments
People pay a lot of money to get a brilliant photo. As we know that, photography is not very easy. It requires a lot of photo capturing skills to obtain a brilliant shot. If you are a good professional photographer, then you will be paid a handsome amount for your job. No matter if you are hired at some place for a permanent job or you are called on a contract basis, both scenarios will prove very profitable for you.
- Opportunities in a variety of fields
Any business that you run will offer you the limited or only one field to capture. You can run expand your business by a stay in the relevant field. You cannot link to the other field to earn more money. But photography is one of the careers that offer you to expand your business in all the fields that you want.
There are no limits to this career. On the other hand, if you don’t want to pursue your business under any particular field, you can simply run your photography business on your own as a freelancer. It is also the best option as a photographer.
- Teaching photography
Photography business also offers a retirement plan. If you are done with photography at the age of 60 or 70 and don’t want to run this business any more then don’t worry, you can also earn money by teaching photography to students. You can join any art college or make YouTube tutorials to teach others how to set up or become professional in this field.
- Requires less investment
Photography business requires less investment compared to the other businesses to start. No doubt the professional camera that you need to capture images is not inexpensive but it definitely requires less money than the other businesses to set up.
If you are planning to become photographer make sure that you get proper courses. It might take some time but you will surely get the required skills that will help you turn into an expert photographer. Ref: talk-business.co.uk
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