The Photography Industry

Have you ever considered taking your photography hobby to the next level? Ever wonder what it would be like to take pictures for a living? In the photography industry, there are several different career paths one may go down if they choose to enter the field. Photographers have the ability to cross into many different sectors and work environments, as humans are visual beings and there are many different markets which call for photographers to take their businesses to the next level. Within the field, there are numerous types of photography subfields that you may be able to choose from when it comes to your photography career.

Here are some possibilities which may strike you as a possible career:

1. Fashion Photography

When some people think of a photographer, the first thing that may come to mind is fashion photography. Taking pictures of models, clothes, and runway events is no doubt a substantial part of the industry. Pictures may be taken for magazines, ads, and retailers. The point is to give an aesthetically pleasing look to a subject, making it appealing to potential buyers.

If you wish to break into the fashion photography industry, a degree in photography, as well as an internship, may be necessary in order to hone in on your skills and gain the experience which may be sought after.

Photographers in the fashion industry may get the opportunity for travel to various locations to shoot models and shows; they may even be able to shoot celebrities if they reach a high enough status. They may meet with fashion editors, stylists, agencies, and retailers to find out what they are tasked with doing for each particular job.

2. Wildlife Photography

One of the more challenging forms of photography, wildlife photography is the art of taking pictures of non-domesticated animals and nature. Photographers may need to have the ability to shoot in any environment, capture the animal in question on film, and do it all in a technically sound and accurate fashion. The job may be difficult, as some animals fear being approached, some have different sleep schedules, and some may just simply not want to cooperate.

Wildlife photography is important for both its artistic and scientific values*. They may snap shots of endangered species, catch animals in the act of feeding, mating, nurturing their young, or perhaps take pictures of animals that some people have never seen before. They may have to travel to the far ends of the earth to get these photos, stopping at nothing to get the shot.

3. Underwater Photography

Usually done while wearing scuba gear, underwater photographers go to great lengths (no pun intended) to capture photos of sea life. They may photograph fish and other aquatic animals, as well as shipwrecks, underwater caves, or geological features not seen on land.

Besides having photography skills, underwater photographers may also need to be certified divers, depending on if they use scuba equipment or not. It may also be helpful for these photographers to develop techniques in diving which allow them to get close to the specimen without scaring it away.

4. Wedding Photography

When it comes to someone’s big day, they want the best. They want to be able to look back at pictures and remember the special moments which were created on their wedding day. To do this, they hire wedding photographers. These professionals document the day’s events, from the bride getting ready, all the way until the last dance of the night. They are charged with staging wedding party photos and coming up with the poses for the marrying couple to act out in order to get the right angles and capture important details.

Wedding photographers often have assistants on the job. That way, they may be able to capture different angles, or perhaps they can focus on posed shots while their assistant takes candid photos. After the wedding is over, the photographer puts together albums and DVDs for the couple to keep.

5. Paparazzi Photography

Sometimes said to be a demanding and difficult job, paparazzi are the ones snapping candid shots of celebrities with the possibility of the picture making it into tabloids and magazines. As many of us have seen, photos taken by paparazzi are often displayed as the subject being incompliant or unaware of the photographer.

Paparazzi may sometimes have to work odd hours and go to different locations in order to photograph a chosen celebrity. However, if they get the right shot, it could be worth a substantial amount of money. Most of these photographers work freelance and then sell their photographs to different publications, typically chosen based on who is paying the most for each picture.

These are just a few of the many types of photography within the industry. Having an eye and the talent for photography, as well as a degree in the field, may help a photographer to find a job in their chosen career path. By earning a photography degree, one may be able to hone in their skills, as well as learn various techniques which may help them upon completion from their program

Non Phone Jobs – Not a Dream Anymore!

When I started looking for a work from home job, I wanted to do something where I would not need to be on phone. While searching for such a job, I realized I was not alone. There are many people looking specifically for non phone jobs, because they have young children or noisy pets or simply do not like typical work from home jobs like customer service or telemarketing. Few years back it was not easy to find such a job unless you were a trained web programmer, web designer or graphic designer. Today, you can find lot of non phone jobs that don’t need such high level of IT skills.

Internet Research: If you own a computer with internet connection, you have definitely done this. I am sure you have used Google or Yahoo search engines to research, be it to find a good deal on a digital camera or how to clear up your baby’s diaper rash. You can put the same talent to work for you. Companies like ChaCha and kgb hire internet researchers to answer questions coming in from customers though text or voice messages. Small business owners too will hire people to do internet research for them as a one time project or on as needed basis.

Writing: I know it takes a lot of talent to churn up a great work of fiction but everyone can write reasonably well in their area of expertise. Lot of websites like, and accept well written articles and you do not need a journalism or language degree to get accepted as a writer for them. They do not pay per article but will pay based on performance or ad revenue that your article generates.

Blogging: Blogging is a great way to sharpen your writing skills. The best thing about blogging is you can write about anything and everything under the sun and it doesn’t have to cost you a cent. You can get a free blog and start blogging. Once you start getting a decent amount of traffic and blog regularly, you can get paid to blog. Many companies will pay you to write a post about their product or service on your blog. It is called paid posting or sponsored posting. You can also generate revenue by adding contextual ads; participate in affiliate marketing or selling ad space. You will, of course have to work on getting traffic to your blog before you see some income from your blog. It just takes a little bit of time and effort and it is really easy.

Forum Posting: It takes time to build a community. A forum which is just starting out needs help from posters to keep the conversations flowing. It takes time and lot of advertising to build a community where the posts keep coming everyday in various topics. To fast track this process, a lot of forums are now looking for paid posters. A paid forum poster is required to have good language skills, ability to write to the point and relevant to the topic and a commitment to writing a minimum number of posts

Virtual Assistance: Virtual Assistance is another growing work at home field. If you have experience working in administrative area, you can start your own virtual assistance business. Small business owners many times look for assistance in completing small tasks for them without having to hire a full time employee. Skills required are knowledge of Office Productivity software like MS word, Excel, letter writing, researching, reporting, creating presentations, maintaining calender and data entry.

Photography: Yes, you can earn with photography while working from home. You need to have good photography skills, digital camera, a good eye and knowledge of what sells in stock photography. Websites like Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Bigstockphoto sell royalty free photos and accept submissions from amateur photographers.

There are also non phone job opportunities in the fields of Bookkeeping/Accounting, Transcription, Data Entry, Proofreading and online tutoring. The world of non phone jobs is just opening up and I firmly believe it is possible to make a full time income from non phone jobs. Like it is outside of home, it does take a lot of patience, perseverance, hope and hard work to land the perfect dream job.