Having an education degree for any type of business is important. It shows credibility and competence in your field of business. Well, the same goes for photography, it is actually very important. In recent years, marketing thru photography has been the focal point of many industries. That is why having a degree in the field of photography can open up many fascinating options moving forward. So, what can I do with a photography degree?
If you have a degree in photography, you can easily have a job as a photographer in any media such as the press (newspaper or magazines) or advertising. You may also have a job waiting in any industry such as sports, science branches, travel, or fashion. Additionally, when running your own photography business it will give you some credibility in front of your potential clients.
These are the people you see on the sideline during sports events such as basketball and football games. If you are lucky, you may find yourself in worldwide events such as the World Cup or, better yet, the Olympics. In addition, some teams hire photographers to cover team events.
It is an exciting option if you are a sports fan because you can either work for mainstream print or news media. They can send you to different sporting events around the world, or work for sports websites, which are quite abundant nowadays.
It may not seem like a photographer’s job but a degree in photography will separate you from others when applying. Someone in this position will be overseeing all the activities that go on behind the publication of a magazine including the layout and the artwork that is going to be used. Moreover, you will be overseeing all of your staff including proofreading articles written by your writers and attending photoshoots.
Photographers who choose to be in this profession must have knowledge in various branches of science or medicine. Or at least have an interest in any of the two because by working with researchers and medical staff, you will be recording loads of medical data in some occasions, the outcomes of procedure especially with surgeons. Not being queasy may be an added bonus.
This is a good option if you have a good eye for capturing the beauty of specific special events such as weddings and anniversaries. Recently, this has been a lucrative industry especially if you are associated with an event planner. Again, this is a good direction to take if you look to be a freelance photographer.
Another lucrative option, if you have the right connections. Images taken by travel photographers can be used by travel companies including airlines and travel agencies to advertise flights and destinations that may intrigue the traveling public. If not, photos can be sold to any print media that may find a use for them.
When creating a film, a creative vision is a must, and having a degree in photography helps because, that means you will have a creative image in mind, and with the help of your crew member (actors and production crew), it is just a matter of executing it in on a more dynamic level.
An important job during the post-production process, a film editor is responsible for splicing and combining various footage, creating a cohesive film. Normally, this involves working together with a director, and just like him, a creative vision is also needed, and a degree in photography can help, in a way.
Knowing how to Photoshop is vital in photography. That is why, when completing a degree, they make sure that retouching photos are part of the course because the jobs with bigger paychecks are those which requires you to edit pictures, giving them a new life. Specialized Photoshop courses are also available, but normally, that would be an entirely different class.
This is taught in photography courses mainly to teach you when to take a picture. It is important because every shot you take should have a story, especially if you are looking to take on a career in journalism, regardless of the story you are covering.
Rules of Photography
These are mainly guidelines that you can use in order to create a photo with a subject that is beautifully placed. For example, the rules of thirds, leading lines, or balancing elements are just a few rules that photography courses tend to teach their students. However, there are times when these rules can be broken. It is just something to keep in mind.
You need to understand, however, is that a photography course is normally comprehensive. Meaning, when you enroll, you should be learning photography skills from the basics, down to the most advanced of its skills that will eventually help you with any job that you are looking to have in the future. As we mentioned above, only in-depth knowledge about certain photo-editing techniques, and possibly tools, should be taken separately.
Equipment You Will Need to Complete a Photography Course
Just like any course, a course in photography will require you to own certain equipment that will be essential for your journey to become a well-educated and well-trained photographer. A photography student is nothing without his gear.
It is not advised to immediately buy the more expensive tripods if you do not know what kind of photographer you want to become. As a student, it is better to start with a cheaper tripod. Later, as your skills develop, you will know which ones are better suited for the kind of shots.
This is an equipment that you attach to your camera. If used correctly, it will give you so much control over the creative outcomes of each shot you take. Along with proper lighting techniques, you will master the world of photography throughout the duration of your course.
These are the tools that you turn to when you want to have a more professionally captured image. In addition, this easily gives every shot more creativity.
Photo Editing and Management Software
As mentioned above, editing and managing photos are a huge bulk of the work. You will be doing this not just during the course, but also when you become a professional photographer. That is why, it is an essential part of the course, and having a photo editing software that you can become familiarized with is a huge bonus once you complete your course. That way, you do not have to start from scratch.
As a new photography student, it is understandable that you are excited. Sometimes, as a result, you tend to opt for equipment that might be too pricey without even considering if they are appropriate for you in the long term. It is important to remember that you do not have to buy the most expensive tools yet. Take it slow, you don’t even know what kind of a photographer you are going to be.
In this day and age, anyone can turn a passion into a profession. Photography can be turned into a career, and that is why it is very important to have an edge. A degree in photography can separate you from other photographers in your city.
With so many people trying to take a piece from this lucrative industry, even having a simple advantage such as having a degree in photography can go a long way. Especially with everything that you will learn throughout the process of completing the degree.
Nermin Grahovic is a photography enthusiast and photography blogger based in Europe. His images are fun, creative and exciting and his love for travel makes its way into most of his images. Some of his favorite photography genres are portraits, street, landscape, and industrial photography.
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