Recently I was out and about with a friend who’s just completed an evening course in digital photography. He really does have the eye for a good shot and manages to always come up with original composures. However he had no idea how turn his talent into a career. He doesn’t want to do commercial photography regarding products etc, and that was as far as his thoughts went…How can someone so creative be, at the same time, so lacking in ideas?! So I thought I’d come up with a few options for him:Portrait, Family & Baby PhotographySome photographers naturally find that they are betting at working with people. This can extend to either full on formal portraits or more candid shots. There is a great call for this style of photography today, but you have to be well rounded and able to produce a number of styles.Many people still want the formal portrait photography, either single of family shots. While this doesn’t essentially lend itself to great creativity, this style will be more a test of your technical knowledge and people will expect a very high quality portrait.However, more and more younger couples and families are enjoying the more candid ‘action’ portraits. This is where the photographer gets to be more creative and will set up a few scenarios while letting the family naturally engage with each other. While you don’t always get the ‘face first’ photograph, you often capture a more intimate feel of the subject.Nature PhotographyMany freelance photographers enjoy nature photography, whether just for personal interest or for any paid work. However nature photography isn’t just a ‘turn up and shoot’ option. To be successful you really should be passionate about this and the subject; patience is just as important as talent when dealing with nature photography.Thorough research is essential. You must know your subject, where to find it? The best times to find it? How to approach? What equipment is needed? Don’t always expect to get the results you want from one sitting.Build up your portfolio and submit your images to nature magazines or production companies and see where it could take you.Travel PhotographyAnother one for the freelancer (unless you are very lucky and manage to affiliate yourself with travel / TV production companies) who wants to combine personal passions with work.To stand out in this field you really need to be able to look at things in a way that others don’t. You may be taking shots of a landscape or monument that many have seen before, but can you make it seem new or original?It’s not just packing up your camera and jumping on a plane however. Again, research is paramount. Learn the rules of the country and areas you want to photograph (not everyone welcomes a happy snapper). Try and visit areas that have relevance to world affairs. It’s not just about recording your journey; it’s making emotive reactions with people who may never have visited the area before.Architectural PhotographyFor many city dwellers, the surrounding architecture and urban scenes are their landscapes and the recording of them is not only for commercial reasons but also for cultural recording.There are many opportunities nowadays for an architectural photographer. Real Estate is of course a large industry to tap into; interior and exterior shots of building and residences and also their surrounding areas. You could also try architectural services and publications – going for structural shots, interiors and exteriors as well as works in progress. Proving yourself reliable and capable in this field could generate lots of repeat work.There are also of course niches within this field – Historical publications, Religious publications (churches etc), Travel Publications etc.Wedding PhotographyLast but not least is one of the largest options for a professional photographer – wedding photography.This is becoming less and less of a seasonal occupation now, with couples choosing more varied times of year for their nuptials. This means that you must be adaptable to light and weather conditions, while having the main skills of group and couple shots, being able to communicate with families without being an ‘intruder’ to the day.The best wedding photographers are those whom you don’t realise are there all day. Often it’s a 2 man job nowadays, to get the mix of staged shots and candid shots. Versatility is also key, can you offer modern styles? Contemporary? Classical and traditional? You will find most couples have a definite idea of what they want.Of course there are many other paths a photographer can go down, from sports and adventure work, newspaper photo-journalism to glamour work. Have a think about the subjects and styles you most enjoy and then see were this could take you. Be creative in your approach to who may want your pictures and never, never give up!
Photography, which was once a passion of people, is now a full time profession of many. To help professionals bring out the best effect, several new technologies have been introduced in this field. With modern cameras and advanced equipments, photographers can now capture every angle with complete perfection. One of the latest technologies, which have taken photography to new heights, is High Dynamic Range or HDR photography.What is High Dynamic Range or HDR Photography?Before proceeding to HDR, it will be ideal to recapitulate dynamic range in a line. Dynamic range refers to the difference between darkest and lightest color value of a photograph or the photo contrast. High Dynamic Range is a technical jargon used in the field of photography to denote the photographs, which have the maximum dynamic range. HDR images have more dynamic range compared to the ordinary digital cameras and produces high quality photographs.HDR photography is a new concept and many of you may not have a clear idea about it. You need to know that HDR photographs are not unnecessarily colorful or unrealistically artistic. The purpose of using this technology is to increase the dynamic range, produce clear photographs by overcoming the restrictions of ordinary camera features. With this technique, one can compile three or more photographs snapped at different exposures and create a beautiful final product.Advantages of High Dynamic Range or HDR PhotographyNowadays, HDR photography has become a popular choice. If you are new to the field of photography, glancing through the advantages of HDR photography is worth it.With HDR technology, photographers can compile different photographs taken at variable exposures. Not only that but also this technique allows photographers create images with an excellent light detail, which is not possible in single shot taken by ordinary cameras. By using HDR cameras, photographers can capture excellent still photographs, in overexposed as well as underexposed settings. Though photographers have the freedom of adding several effects to the photographs, it is always recommended to keep the image as realistic as possible.
Photography is an art and someone with best creative skills can flourish in this field. However, to cover up the lack of creative ideas, one can use HDR technology. Though this is not a common practice, at times one can really make some impressive art by using this technology. Yet, to capture the perfect angle, one should carry a tripod. One also needs to have the right photo editing software for editing the photograph and adding the required special effects.Where To Learn HDR Photography?Nowadays, there are several institutions offering professional HDR photography courses. One can enroll in any of the reputed institutions to learn HDR photography in complete details. It is also recommended to attend different photography workshops to increase the knowledge base on this type of photography. Regularly updating yourself about the latest introductions in this field can also be of great help in developing your skills and become an established photographer.