By Brandon Baumgarten
Photographers may specialize in one field of photography or they may generalize in a combination of two or more types of photography. Prior to selecting the photography school you are going to attend. Narrow down the specific fields of photography you are most interested in. The differences between photographer specialties are in the subject matter, work conditions and in the type of equipment used and required for design and composition of the photograph.
Photographer fields of study for you to consider:
Wedding and Portrait Photographers pose their subjects and carefully set up lighting and use flash units to enhance the images.
- Fine arts photographers sell their images as fine artwork. In addition to technical proficiency, fine arts photographers need artistic talent and creativity.
- Commercial Photographers shoot scenic photography for advertising, stock image and print sales. They also photograph products like food and merchandise or buildings and architecture.
- News Photographers typically work on location at news-worthy events. They take pictures that enhance stories used by the news media.
- Industrial Photographers shoot photos of machinery, employees working, equipment, products, and company officials. The images are typically done on location and used for the analysis of engineering projects, publicity, or company records.
- Medical Photographers specialize in more technical forms of photography, such as Ophthalmic, Surgical or Pathological photography.
- Freelance Photographers line up their own work and projects. Then they sell their photography directly to clients. They must be highly motivated to become successful.
- Working Conditions- If you want to work indoors in an air conditioned office or outdoors in the elements and on the move.
- Salary Range- The compensation you can expect from each field of photography varies greatly. Research pay ranges before you select your field of study.
- Educational Requirements- In some fields of photography like portrait and fine art, talent and experience are enough for motivated individuals. However additional education in areas such as engineering, medicine, biology, or chemistry are required for other fields.
- Advancement Opportunities- Opportunities for advancement at a small photography studio are limited. Photographers in other industries such as media, medical and scientific photography can find room for moving up.
Find out more about choosing a field of study and compare online and campus based photography schools for the program that best fits your field of study.
Brandon is a professional digital photographer from Lake Tahoe, California. Brandon specializes in on-mountain action and portrait sports photography during the winter months, photographing skiers and snowboarders on the slopes. Brandon also has a digital photography website which is full of excellent tips and techniques.