The average American work year is made up of 2080 hours. For someone who is in the workforce from the ages of 21 to 65, that’s… (Carry the one…) a lot of hours! That’s too many hours to spend doing something you don’t love. Is it time for you to turn your photography hobby into a career in photography
Becoming a professional photographer doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the median salary for professional photographer was $29,130. The projected job outlook for photographers shows a 13% increase in available jobs. Now, consider how much money you are currently spending on you photography hobby. Wouldn’t it be nice to be paid for your skills?
What Does It Take to Become a Photographer?
•Skill. Never underestimate the need for raw talent. While virtually anyone can learn to be a competent photographer, professional photographers need to have raw talent.
•Knowledge of equipment. It isn’t enough to be able to take a clear photograph. You must also be comfortable setting up lighting and knowing which equipment is right for which assignment.
•Creativity. If you want a career in photography, you should have a flair for the creative and not be afraid to try new things.
•Flexibility. Particularly if you don’t plan on working in a studio with established hours, you must be willing to grab your camera on a moment’s notice.
•Ability to deal with high-pressure situations. In many situations, there are no “do overs” for photographers. You must be confident in your ability to deliver a quality product. After all, people are paying you to capture their once-in-a-lifetime moments. No one wants a new bride to be disappointed when she sees her wedding photos. And it isn’t as if you can reshoot a red carpet event!
•Comfortable using Photoshop and other high-tech tools. While you probably don’t want to turn a model into a pore-less wonder, there will likely be times you will need to retouch photos.
What Types of Careers in Photography are Available?
•Fashion photographers. Fashion photographers can work for magazines or clothing companies. Think about every sales circular, clothing catalog and fashion magazine you’ve ever seen. Someone took those photographs.
•Portrait photographers. Portrait photographers are more likely to work from a studio and have established hours. If you are someone who likes a predictable schedule, this could be a good choice for you.
•Nature photographers. Nature photographers may do freelance work for magazines or travel websites. They often turn photographs into a lucrative business making postcards for tourists.
•Food photographers. Food photographers can work for magazines, food sections of newspapers, or directly for restaurants. Many restaurants have websites and they need great photographs to make their food look appealing.
•Photojournalists. Photojournalists usually work for newspapers or news magazines. They may work locally, or they may travel extensively while covering newsworthy events.