Do you enjoy taking photos and sharing them with the people? Would you like to make money by taking photos? Well, you may be the person to look for a career in the photography industry. However, you may need more skills and passion to pursue the career you think it’s the best career for you. I will try to break it down in this article for you.
Let’s first look at the places where you can work as a photographer. You can obviously start your own business and have your own shop. You can work for an agency or an advertising company since they are always looking to take photos of their unique articles. People are visually more intuned with the photos so many agencies love adding photos with their articles. Like this one 🙂
You can only work over the weekend – weddings and other occasional events usually need a photographer as well. The job opportunities are abundant for anyone who is looking to pursue being a photographer.
The real question, however, is should you pursue the career? I heard so many people say “follow your dream and the money will follow”. I think this is the stupidest thing that a person can say to anyone. If anyone follows their dream, they will be homeless. Period! You don’t get paid if you don’t work – work as a definition is not simply just doing what you love doing. If you get good at what you are doing and you feel comfortable, you may love your work but you do not need to love your work. Work simply works. Sorry, I got little carried away. Let’s get back to you.
You are reading this now because you are considering pursuing your career as a photographer. I am here to lay out the facts before you continue your career move. Here are 3 things for you to consider before you jump right in. These may be subjective but I think it’s relevant as you think about the career. Matter fact, it doesn’t have to be a photography career, it can be anything.
Okay. Like I mentioned above, if you enjoy taking photos you can find a job that requires the photography skills. The issue is that the photography is not really a skill set you build like studying medicine or law. Okay, I am not trying to burst your bubble but hear me out. A middle school student can take a point & shoot steady images. In high school, you can learn how to shoot a film camera as a hobby. I am trying to say that everyone can take a photo. The problem with the photography career is that there is such big competition when it comes to finding that dream job. You really have to outshine other people to get the job which brings me to the next problem.
You may be better taking photos than a high school student. I get that but what or how is your skillset determined? By a photo? What if 100 people take the same photo of the same object? What if that was a job interview process? How would you stand out? I am not sure how people can determine your skill set when there are multiple photographers who are taking the same photo. You take all these art classes even on a college level, but would you really learn how to shoot with the camera in an education setting? I doubt it. You need hands-on experience and that will make you a better photographer. The problem is everyone is doing the same thing.
My last problem is that the camera (hardware) the very thing that you take photos with constantly changing with the new/ better camera features. It’s really hard to keep up with the digital camera industry because there are so many new ones each and every year. You need to buy a different lens and gears so you can do your job – which cost a lot of money. Some photographers spend thousands of dollars so they can make money. Unless you have a lot of money, if you want to make money by taking photos, you’ll need to spend a lot of money to get there.
In conclusion, I think the photography career is a great career because there are needs and people are always looking to capture the special moments. I am not discouraging anyone to move forward with their career, but I hope that you get to know the pros and cons. Hope this article was helpful. Good luck with your career. Remember, don’t simply follow your passion! Be reasonable and practical.