It’s often rightly said that “A picture is worth a thousand words”. This statement is in itself the essence of photography really.
To be sincere, most of us while growing up and going through formal education system never really thought much about photography as a profession. In fact during our high school days, dreams of pursuing photography as a profession were not that profound. Most students wanted to be doctors, engineers, teachers, music producers, lawyers, accountants and scientists among other professions.
The truth is photography has never really been considered to be among the traditional professions, which have been aforementioned. Photography has often been considered as a less version of the profession, a hobby. But isn’t a great way to build a profession out of a passion/hobby?
Because of the exponential growth of the fashion, media and advertising industry over the years, photography is rightly claiming its position as a major profession. Photography jobs are currently well paying even if for the fact that pays do vary from one location to another. For example, in the USA; New York, Hawaii and California are rated to be the best photographer paying states. In New York, an annual/hourly mean wage for a photographer is estimated at around $54,030/$25.98.
For the reason that of the increased development and complexity in the field of photography, many budding photographers are seeking formal education in that area by obtaining
relevant qualifications; certificates, diplomas and degrees.Another reason why many are also opting for formal training is that many potential employers are also increasingly looking for professionals with both the creative and technical aspect of photography. Photography can be used in different businesses.
The requirements for enrolling in a photography course differs across the various levels it is offered. For example, photography option is often offered for a degree in fine arts. The personal skills required to be a professional photographer include; having the power to observe,great discipline and timing, a great eye for detail and a perceptive mind. There are various areas or scopes under which you can learn as a professional photographer. These include; commercial, advertising, fashion, freelance, scientific among other areas. You can make circle stickers and use them for your promotion.
In America there is The Professional Photographers of America group that certifies professional photographers.
How to Become a Successful Professional Photographer
I. Master the art of shooting incredible images and processing the image using the available simple and complex mastering programs such as Photoshop©.
II. Be consistent in producing quality work and in building social networks, a great marketing tool.
III. Getting mentored and inspired. If there’s anything that has really inspired human growth and development is our drive to be positively influenced, get an idea, to produce even greater idea/photographic work.
IV. Be and remain professional. Most of the highly thriving businesses have often mastered the art of being a professional. It’s not that an alien or complex thing, it often involves smaller but crucial things. These include; getting back to a client as soon as possible in case of a contact or a query, finding a way to make a work that didn’t satisfy a customer work, be organized and be presentable.
V. Post best works. Every time you are advertising yourself, you must put out your best photographic material on the various platforms available to be spotted by potential clients.
Even with the high paying nature of recent photography jobs, professional photographers have to contend with increased expenses. Perhaps, this could partly be
influenced by the complexity or professional level of the photography job. These added costs include; insurance, photo lab costs, purchasing software’s and software upgrades, licensing fees and of course, travel costs among other expenses. In spite of that, it is all worth the bother.