Photography is something that many people enjoy as a hobby, whether they are taking snap whilst on holiday, taking pictures of loved ones to upload on social networking site, or simply taking photos whilst out and about.
If you have a passion for photography and you feel that you are pretty good at it, you could turn your hobby into a lucrative career. There are a number of photography courses you can go on to fine tune your skills and to gain the experience, expertise and skill required to become a professional photographer.
Of course, not everyone who makes a living from taking photographs has been on a course and if you really do have a natural flair for taking perfect pics, there is nothing to say that you have to go on a course in order to take your photography to a professional level. If you are keen to become a photographer for a well known publication, for example, you most likely will need a proven qualification. However, if you are good at what you do and you feel you already have excellent photography skills, you could consider becoming a freelance photographer without the need to earn a qualification in photography as long as you can put together an impressive portfolio.
Whether or not you have professional qualifications, there are a number of different areas of photography you can consider on a freelance basis. This includes:
- Wedding photography
- Events and parties
- Fashion photography
- Print photography
If you do want to break into a career in photography but not on a freelance basis, it an often helps to earn that formal qualification, as this can give you a better chance with employers such as magazines, newspapers, fashion studios or microgaming and could mean that you are able to command a higher salary.