Photography calls for a great deal of practise in order to master the technical knowledge of light, camera settings, lenses, film, and filters and apply this knowledge creatively. Photographers use a wide variety of lenses and filters designed for close-up, mid-range or long distance photography.
As a photographer you have the option of developing and printing your pictures (most photographers prefer to do that), but you can even hand your film over to the company you work for or to a commercial lab for processing.
The work hours are long and irregular. Sometimes you even have to make yourself available on short notice. Photography is a high-pressure job with tight deadlines. But if you are a self-employed photographer, your work hours will be more flexible.
There are various categories of photographers:
Press photographer: You’ll work for newspapers and shoot pictures of the day’s events that will accompany the article in the newspaper the next day. The photographs you shoot are also stored in archives. You could be working for magazines, newspapers and sometimes book publishers (for covers). This kind of photography is a dare devil job where you often have to risk your life in attempting to take pictures of newsworthy events, people and places.
Photojournalist: This is slightly different from press photography as your photographs itself have to tell the whole story. This means that they have to be more precise.
Technical/Industrial Photographer: For such kind of photography, you’ll use specialised photographic instruments to photograph industrial equipments to be used in company brochures and other publication.
Scientific photographers: In this type of photography, you’ll specialise in areas like astronomic photography, astrophysics photography, photography of chemical and biological materials, specimen, etc. You will photograph laboratory experiments, etc.
Commercial Photographers: This type pf photography involves taking pictures of merchandise, buildings, machinery, fashion, livestock, and groups of people to be used in advertisements, marketing reports, brochures, catalogues and postcards. You will also be photographing events, marketing promotion operations, etc.
Fashion Photographer: You’ll take attractive images of fashion products like designer clothes, accessories, etc.
Personal Photographer: This is the best part of photography. Here, you’ll hobnob with the best faces in the fashion industry like models and film stars. You’ll specialise in capturing images of people. You will also work in fashion photography.
Nature and Wildlife Photographer: If you are green at heart, this is it. Here, you’ll capture animals in their natural habitat. Sub marine or under water photography is another branch of this stream.
Film Photographers: You will shoot feature films, advertising films, documentaries, etc.
Video Photographers: You will shoot moving films with a video camera. Your subjects can be anything from a marriage ceremony to a 16 mm film.
Forensic Photographers: Here you’ll travel with the police to crime scenes to photograph evidence. Adventurous, isn’t it?