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How to Become a Photographer

How Do I Become a Photographer?

Do you always have a camera handy? Many professional photographers start out as hobbyists. How do you become a professional? A combination of up-to-date technical knowledge and skills and an "eye" for composition and design are essential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of professional photographers are self-employed. Freelancers need to know basic business and marketing skills.

From the Family Reunion to National Geographic

Many pros start out as hobbyists. You learn the basics from a family member or friend, and may take a couple of courses at a community college. You might do an internship at a local newspaper, or enter photo contests. How do you go from hobbyist to pro? The answer is through experience and training. Photographers must learn how to use and maintain photographic equipment. Digital technology is rapidly changing many facets of photography. Keeping up with technological advances is important. You will also need skills in visual composition and design. .

Professional Training is Widely Available

What you need to study will depend on what type of photography you want to do. For example, crime scene photographers are often law enforcement officers, or have degrees in criminal justice. Photographers who photograph artifacts and art may have degrees in archeology or art history. Photojournalists often study journalism. Courses in photography, design and composition, journalism and business are available at most community colleges. You can also study photography at a trade or technical college. Art schools, colleges and universities also offer programs in photography. It's best to select a photography school or college program based on your career goals.


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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