Increasingly affordable camera equipment, ever improving technology and more and more ways to share your pictures, photography has gone through a spike in interest. Although many people enjoy taking photos simply as a pass time, others hope to, and do, pursue photography as a career. There are many different areas of photography to get involved in, such as fashion, editorial, commercial, fine art, travel, nature, documentary and portraiture. Photography is an expressive medium that can be controlled depending on technical aspects such as how you set the aperture or the angle you use etc., so it is a good artistic outlet for anyone who finds their talents do not lie in drawing, painting, or other methods. There are lots of different avenues to consider when pursuing any interest you may have.
If you are looking to improve your photography skills to help you become a professional photographer, there are plenty of informative books available, online courses, and most probably you can take a course somewhere close to you. If you are still in education, there are photography GCSE’s and A Levels you can take, depending on the institute that you are studying at, and there are other relevant qualifications for anyone outside of England. There are a many different degree courses you can study, ranging from an all encompassing photography degree to more specific and precise courses, such as documentary photography, editorial photography and fashion photography. You can make a living by marketing your photography as artwork, through photojournalism and publishing books of your photographs, maybe centering on a particular theme or concept. There are also jobs like being a wedding photographer, entering your photographs into a stock library or you could set up a studio to do professional photos for people. There are lots of specific and niche markets for photographs, but it is important to remember that it is a very competitive market to try and work in. To succeed, you need to stand out and produce quality shots.
Pursuing photography as a hobby is easy to do and there are lots of opportunities to take photos just for fun. If you wish to gain expertise and skill you can use the afore mentioned sources of information, or you could simply go out and try it for yourself and see what you like, what style works for you. There are some accepted standards as to the way a photograph should be arranged or constructed, but there is nothing wrong with discovering these conventions for yourself, or even defying them in order to create pictures that suit your taste.
There are many competitions out there for both amateur and professional photographers, some that you can enter for free and some that have an entry fee. It is worth researching these competitions if you enjoy taking photographs because there are often sizeable cash prizes or vouchers for camera equipment that will help further your pursuits. It is important to remember that competitions, especially the well established ones that offer large prizes, will be inundated with entries, so do not be disheartened if you do not find instant success. There are many different factors contributing to getting your work noticed, but producing original and well thought out work is the best foundation you can lay.