There are quite a few Americans who believe that photography is simply taking pictures; however, there are so many specialties one can get into if they go to school for photography. First, many schools exist for those who want to focus on just one type of photography. For example, a photographer may specialize in taking senior-only photos. Below is a brief list of some of the different types of photography and the types of jobs you can do in each field:
1. Wedding/special event photography can be a very rewarding career. Many professionals in the field delight in having the ability to capture the happy memories of their clients using a camera. Most photographers in this specialty start out in a small studio, then move on and open their own studio. Owning your own studio can be a lot of work, which is why some people prefer to partner up with another colleague to share the costs and responsibilities of owning a studio.
2. Graduation photographs, which may or may not be separate from weddings and special events. Some photography studios are dedicated solely to taking graduation photos throughout the year. Taking photos of high school students has become increasingly popular. Many studios offer personalized service to their clients. For example, they will take a variety of images whether indoors or outdoors for each outfit the client brings into the studio. A high school student can wear jeans and a top for an outdoor photo shoot and wear a dressy outfit for an indoor photo shoot.
3. Photographing nature can also be a very rewarding career. The first career choice that comes to mind is taking pictures for National Geographic, which would be a really fun thing to do all the time. Many trips are required to take nature photos for any type of magazine or periodical. Nature can include living animals in their natural habitat and non-living beings in their natural habitat. With this lead, you will typically work for a magazine and travel with a reporter to the location chosen for the story.
4. Finally, another popular direction for photographers is to photograph models for magazines and/or fashion shows. This is a very difficult area to approach as it is considered the most glamorous. Many people would like to do photo shoots with models and celebrities for one of the most popular magazines, but there are a limited number of jobs in this type of industry.
Contrary to popular belief, there are so many directions in which one can steer their photography career once they have completed all of their education. What you decide will depend on how you want to spend the rest of your career. If you want to settle down, stay in one place and start a family, it might be better for you to start your own studio and organize special events. If you want to travel a lot and maybe not settle anywhere in particular, then maybe the nature photography track would be best because photography for any type of nature magazine usually requires a lot of travel .