For those of you that are interested in pursuing a career linked to photography in some way or another, here are a few choices that are available to you! First, the most important thing that you should be aware of is that in order to become a successful photographer and obtain a great career, it’s vital that you get a degree in photojournalism. With this at the palm of your hands, you’re almost guaranteed some sort of job relating to photography. The most common jobs that are linked to photography are being a freelance photographer, a specialized photographer, a photo editor, or a commercial/multimedia photographer. The most popular type is becoming a freelance photographer because it’s a great way for someone to start out with a very flexible schedule, and slowly work their way into a more packed schedule. This allows photographers to learn over a certain period of time how to create schedules based on their flexibility with other jobs. For example, a freelance photographer has the option to take a certain job or not. Of course, most freelance photographer won’t turn down any opportunities, because the odds that taking a certain job will lead to additional future jobs is high. The second most popular photography-related job is becoming a specialized photographer. For instance, being a sports photographer or something of this sort allows the photographer to focus on one topic, and allows them to specialize in this type of genre. This essentially leads to the photographer becoming an excellent and knowledgeable photographer in this field, such as a baseball or basketball photographer.
The endless assortment of photojournalist careers that are available is astonishing, in my opinion. Whether it be photographing family portraits, to photographing an NFL SuperBowl game, with a degree in photojournalism it’s not impossible to work your way to the top. One of the most beneficial aspects of being able to work your way to the top is getting to experience everything in between the less professional work to the most professional. You get to experience different types of photography as well as working with different cameras and settings. The mixture of these various photography events molds someone into an open-minded and well rounded photographer, as he or she experiences different aspects of photography each day. If you’re truly interested in becoming some sort of photographer, this website has almost all the information you need to know in order to become a successful photographer.
Being paid to travel around the world and take photographs of breaking news? Sign me up! Environmental photojournalism is without a doubt one of the most interesting forms of journalism a photographer could take on. Traveling to phenomenal locations around the world seems like business mixed with pleasure; a perfect combination for a photojournalist. Having the opportunity to become involved with natural disasters and manmade disasters is an experience worth waiting for. Along with this, being an environmentalist photographer is a great method of communicating the true environmental issues occurring around the world because pictures are the all-time verification for an event that occurs.
The BP Oil Spill that effected the marine life along the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, was a phenomenal disaster that occurred due to an accidental marine oil spill, that was ranked the world’s largest oil spill in history. The photograph above shows multiple patches of smoke rising into the atmosphere of oil being burned as a cleanup process that was used to help erase the disaster that occurred. The man who took this photograph, Joel Sartore, captured an amazing shot of oil patterns reflecting off the water, with boats nearby keeping the burning under control. This photograph captures many different elements of the event itself, but also the larger image of man destructing earth. It captures the perfect message that humans created this disaster. Even though it was an accident, we, as humans, had the ability and power to create such a negative impact on the ocean and the species that it contains. Sartore was able to capture the entire disaster in just one image, which is truly a gift for a photojournalist. For more image from the BP Oil Spill, click here.
This image with a duck wading in a pond with plastic strewn about behind it is another great photograph that portrays the life of a photojournalist. These photojournalists are able to get up close and personal, and experience something extremely unique. For more spectacular images of environmental photographs where humans have effected wildlife and nature, you can view them here.
Photograph taken by Jose Carlos Fajardo
Sports photographs are like snowflakes – no single photograph is the same as another. When it comes to sports photography, there’s no joking around. This type of photojournalism is unique in ways such that it’s all about catching the action, it’s a nonstop photographing event, and best of all, sports photography captures the most memorable pictures. Not only this, but there is a continuous array of images that can be captured within sports. These photographers are always on their feet running from one end of the court or field to the next, capturing various angles and compositions of the event, which ultimately creates the range of photographs that appear the next day in the newspapers from various sources.
Photographers who become lucky enough to shoot events such as MLB Baseball, NBA Basketball, NFL Football, and so on are some of the more recognized photographers in the realm of photojournalism. The most recent NFL Super Bowl XLVII is a perfect representation of the photographs that were taken by sports photojournalists. You can view images of the Super Bowl here. As you can see in the first photograph, the player is surround by multiple companies filming the same player at different angles as well, which is how multiple companies are successful because they’re all able to capture their own photograph from a different view. Because each company is able to create their own twist on a single event, photojournalists are constantly on the move, from event to event, capturing images that last forever.
I’ve come to realize that there are various types of photojournalism out in the world so I chose to focus on wedding photojournalism for this week’s post. This type of photojournalism has been popular throughout the past couple of decades mostly for trendy magazines that include highlights of celebratory weddings. It takes on an interesting twist with the way photographers go about shooting weddings; their task is to focus more on capturing the emotions and passion of what’s in front of them rather than just facts about what’s seen in the photograph. For instance in this photograph above has a deeper meaning behind what’s being portrayed here, but the photographer has successfully captured the perfect look on her face as she’s walking up behind the one she’s about to spend the rest of her life with. The photographer also uses the skill of only showing her in focus, automatically telling the audience that she’s the central idea of the picture. However, there’s just enough blur for the audience to see that he’s waiting for her, yet he has no idea that she’s coming up behind him. This photographer was able to capture two completely different emotions in one photograph, which I think is highly impressive.
The biggest difference, however, is that a wedding photojournalist’s job is to capture a series of events and create a story through photographs throughout the evening’s adventures. Although some may believe otherwise, this is indeed a difficult job because these photographers have to strive to capture multiple perfect images throughout a longer period of time. Some photojournalists only wait until they get their shot at a scene and they’re done whereas these photographers aren’t able to leave an event, in fear of risking not capturing multiple perfect shots. Daniel Stark has a great online gallery of photographs of weddings he’s shot; they’re definitely worth taking a look at.