Career Option in Photography

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A. Field description:

Text Box:  Pictures speak a thousand words. Capturing life and its moments in a still camera is a passion many pursue as a hobby, and the exceptional, as a career Photographs can inform, amuse, shock or amaze, and can instill a sense of beauty and be creative. Professional photography requires some special skills. Professional photography demands a lot of technicalities like camera and lens specifications, apertures, shutter speeds, exposures, lighting ratios, contrast etc. and artistic skills like composition and aesthetics.

B. Education Guide:

Education Details & Eligibility:

To become a professional photographer, one could have a graduate degree (B.A.) in Photography. The degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by private and government colleges in India and abroad.

Basic eligibility criteria:

+2 (Higher Secondary) students with any group as the major can choose to do a course for their career.

Course Duration:

The course duration for the various programs is as follows:

  • Diploma is two years.
  • B.A (Photography) is a three years integrated course.
  • M.A (Photography) is two years.

Approximate Education Expenses:

The total expense for doing Bachelor of Photography and its related fields are as follows

  • B.A - approximately around Rs.23000/ per year - (3 Years)
  • M.A - approximately around Rs.35000/ per year - (2 Years)

The private schools and institutes of photography may charge around two to four Lakhs per year as tuition/course fee. The student must also buy reasonably good cameras and other accessories as per the course requirement.

Higher Education Options:

After successful completion of the Bachelor degree, the options for higher education are plenty. A person with the above degree can opt for higher education in the following fields

  • M.A (Photography),
  • International certifications in universities abroad for specialization. 
C. Institutions that offer this Education:

Almost all the universities and institutes involving Arts offer Bachelors degree in Photography and its related fields.

For details on colleges please visit Some of the institutes offer exclusive training in photography and others offer only ancillary studies.

D. Job Opportunities and Job Roles:

A person who has completed formal studies in photography and its related fields has wide opportunities. The career options that exist for graduates and diploma holders are quite extensive. They can join as an assistant of a senior photographer in the beginning and grow in their career. Some of the jobs include:

  • Commercial photographer
  • Industrial photographer
  • Advertising photographer
  • Fine arts photographers
  • Scientific photographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Fashion photographer
  • News photographer
  • Digital photography
  • Wildlife photographer
  • Wedding photographers
  • T.V. channels Photographer
  • Cinema Still Photographers
E. Approximate Income:

For a photographer employed in any of the govt. or private media related business can draw a salary from Rs.6,500 to Rs.12,000 for fresh graduates, which increases with experience and specialization. But for freelance photographers in the above fields, the remuneration is directly proportional to his/her performance and creativity. It is way ahead when compared to a salaried photographer.

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