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What are the options available in India for photography?

Hi! I am a class 10 student, very much interested in Photography. #photography #wildlife-biology #wildlife-conservation

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Nadeem’s Answer

Hi Fazil,

Photography is more of a profession than a career. Thought to be a not-so-good job in the late 60’s, photography has now turned out to be one of the most sought after professions in India. The phrase, “a picture speaks a thousand words” does not always state just a poetic expression. In reality, it is the crux of the art of photography, the aesthetic sense of a photographer and the picture as a personified sense, all combined. Photography is an exceptional medium of self-expression. It is an art form that demands a sense of technical expertise. An individual who inculcates a hobby in photography can successfully make it profitable by venturing into professional photography, by taking it as a career option, also in the Indian context. With the explosion of the communication network, the growth of advertising and media and the fashion boom, and digital photography, it has now become a profession with great commercial value. Photos are an essential part in both print and electronic media. So this is an area offering great scope for those who have an interest and attributes needed to be a professional. Being a creative medium, photography requires more of inherent talent for success than formal training. However training hones the inherent skills and helps to shine in this competitive field with various specializations like portraiture, fashion and advertising photography, journalistic photography, wildlife and outdoors photography etc. Creating a commercial quality photograph requires the skills for choosing and presenting a subject in a way to achieve the maximum effect with the appropriate equipment. One should have a definite know how of the angle, lighting and the latest equipments and technology to make a name in the field.

There are various types of photographies as mentioned below:
Special areas of work: Photographers have used their skills in the following areas :

  1. Photojournalism

  2. Commercial photography

  3. Advertising

  4. Fashion

  5. Food display

  6. Industrial photography

  7. Wildlife photography

  8. Aerial photography

  9. Scientific photography

  10. Travel photography

With Best Regards,
Nadeem Khan

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James Constantine’s Answer

Dear Fazil,

Unleashing Your Photography Potential in India

India offers a plethora of opportunities for those passionate about photography, whether as a career or a pastime. Here's a guide to help you navigate through the options:

1. Enroll in Professional Photography Courses: A host of institutes and universities, including the National Institute of Design (NID), Delhi College of Photography, and Light & Life Academy, offer professional courses in photography. These courses delve into multiple photography genres, including wildlife photography.

2. Pursue Wildlife Conservation and Biology Programs: If wildlife photography is your calling, a degree in wildlife conservation or biology can equip you with an in-depth understanding of wildlife species and their habitats, a vital aspect for capturing captivating wildlife photographs.

3. Engage in Workshops and Internships: Workshops led by seasoned photographers or organizations specialized in wildlife photography can sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge. Internships with established photographers or wildlife conservation organizations can offer invaluable practical experience.

4. Leverage Online Resources and Communities: Online tutorials, webinars, and photography forums can keep you abreast of the latest techniques and industry trends. Engaging with online photography communities can help you network with fellow enthusiasts and receive constructive feedback on your work.

5. Participate in Photography Exhibitions and Competitions: These platforms can provide visibility for your work and help you earn recognition within the photography community.

6. Join Specialized Wildlife Photography Tours: Tours led by professional wildlife photographers can offer you the chance to snap awe-inspiring images in natural habitats while receiving guidance on techniques and equipment.

7. Attend Networking Events: Seminars, conferences, and other networking events related to photography can help you expand your professional network and gain insights from industry experts.

By exploring these avenues and consistently refining your skills through practice and learning, you can steadily pave your way towards becoming a successful wildlife photographer in India.

Top 3 Credible Sources Referenced:

National Institute of Design (NID)
Delhi College of Photography
Light & Life Academy

May God Bless You!
James Constantine Frangos.
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Wael’s Answer

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Mustaq’s Answer

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At A Glance

Pictures are a powerful medium. They can inform, amuse, shock or amaze and if presented in the right manner, they can be beautiful and creative. Are you creative and imaginative? Do you have an eye for aesthetic detail and composition. Do you enjoy presenting things visually and communicating ideas to others through photographs. Is photography more than a hobby to you and do you feel a ripple of excitement when you imagine displaying your art to others? If your answer to all these questions is yes, then this passion can offer you a lot as a profession.

Sometimes back, the idea of being a professional photographer might not have appealed to many but today lots of people want to be photographers. The rise of mass communication and the growing importance of the media and fashion is probably a factor which has lead to this change. Many imagine the lifestyle of a photographer to be exotic wherein they meet the rich and the famous and travel first class around the world at someone else’s expense. Well this can prove to be true for you if you are talented and hard working and you understand that there is no formal career structure in photography. There is a chance that you might be clicking pictures at the play school in your locality, but you could also be clicking photographs at the Cannes red carpet. The Work
Photography offers a number of opportunities and the range of the fields that you can venture into. Mentioned below are the different career options possible within the realm of photography. Press Photographers or Photo Journalists provide the press with pictures that are relevant to the daily news and events. This kind of photography is best done instinctively. Hence, you need to be spontaneous and know what kind of a picture would best illustrate your article. If you are adventurous and willing to work under difficult conditions when needed, then this field is probably for you.
Fashion Photography is the field where one works for fashion houses, designers or individual models. To be a part of this glamorous world, you must have knowledge about latest fashion trends and you should be willing to be experimental and creative.
Portrait Photographers are people-oriented photographers who click snaps of individuals. The subjects range from children to pets, functions to social events etc. You can also specialize as wedding photographers.
Industrial Photographers click photographs of machinery, merchandise, industrial layout, workers at work etc. to be used for company publications and for the purposes of advertising and selling.
Wildlife Photographers capture the animal kingdom and plant life in its most natural and habitual form. This kind of photography is a part of Nature photography which also covers landscapes and scenery. If you love nature and have the ability to capture the perfect sunsets and waterfalls in your camera then this is definitely an option that you could consider.
Feature Photographers narrate an entire story through the medium of photographs. Hence to be a feature photographer, you have to have extensive knowledge of the subject that you are dealing with and you should be willing to work at any given time and place.
Forensic Photographers click photographs at crime scenes from all possible angles with great emphasis on details in order to help the police or detective agencies.
Fine Art Photographers click photographs which are sold as an art form. To be a fine art photographer, you have to be very creative and expressive.
Freelancing is the most popular option in this profession. To be working as a freelancer, you need to have great management skills and the ability to work independently. You might not know where the next job is coming from and their will be the hassles of keeping accounts. But, you can be your own boss and find, shoot and sell your own photographs.
Scientific Photography is used for scientific publications and research reports. The areas that it covers are biology, medicine, chemistry and engineering. You have to have both interest and knowledge to be a part of this field.

Personal Attributes and Skills
To be a photographer, you have to have both creativity and technical knowledge. You must have that extra quality and interest in visuals, colour, light etc. The field of photography is constantly changing with the advancement of technology and hence you have to be fast-paced and willing to learn throughout your career.
Photography as a field has no particular or fixed career and salary structure. One has to be very brave to start off as a freelancer. You would rather begin by working in a studio. One can start as an assistant to senior photographers in which you’d be paid Rs 3500 to Rs 6000. Once you are established, you would be paid as per the assignment. The range can be from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000. Fields like commercial photography pay higher compared to the other fields. Beginnings can be made at Rs. 15,000 which may grow over a period of time.
Eligibility: You can start right after you finish with your schooling [10+2] or you can take up photography after your graduation in any subject.


Where to study?
A number of institutes and universities offer certificate and diploma courses in photography. Some also offer it as three year integrated courses and subsidiary subjects. Provided below is a list of these institutes.
Degree courses in Photography (B.A. 3 year integrated) Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
Pune University, Fergusson College, Poona
Diploma Courses (one year) Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi-221002.
Ravishankar University , Raipur-492010.
Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati517502.
Other institutions are: International school of photography
C-7/143, Safdarjung Development Area, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016
Academy of Photography, Kolkata
Film and Television Institute of India, Law College Road, Pune -411004 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai -600113 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
Fergussen college, Pune( B.A. Degree Course in photography)
India International Photographic Council, 12, Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi- 110001
MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamianagar, New Delhi -110025 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
National Institute of Design, Allahabad-211002, UP
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, E.M. Bye Pass Road, Kolkata - 700094 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
Southern Film Institute, Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram (1 year certificate course)
St. Xavier’s Institute of Communication, St. Xaviers college, Fort, Mumbai-400001
The Film and TV Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai - 600113

So, if you can communicate in visual terms and can use your skills and talent to satisfy your clients on the basis of their individual needs, photography can be an exciting and rewarding career for you. Start clicking! Who knows you might be the next Raghu Rai or Dayanita Singh.