"If I can't shoot with Atul, I'd rather shoot myself," said Shah Ruk Khan
about ace photographer Atul Kasbekar. He quit chemical engineer to pursue
fashion photography. You can't meet super models in a chemical factory, can
If you want to shoot everything from perfect pouts or perfect products, all
you need is a discerning eye and a technical bent of mind. Join the likes of
Ashok Salian, Rakesh Shresta and Gautam Rajadaksha in the hall of fame.
Ready to shoot?
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. A photographer
reveals what the naked eye may have missed. Photographers capture history
for posterity. As a photographer you'll take pictures of people, places,
objects, and events and try to artistically capture and evoke a mood,
feeling, or drama.
In a way, it is an artistic job as you'll use your camera much the way an
artist uses his brush, as a tool to capture your unique perspective of the
world around you.
This job calls for a great deal of practise in order to master the technical
knowledge of light, camera settings, lenses, film, and filters and apply
this knowledge creatively. Photographers use a wide variety of lenses and
filters designed for close-up, mid-range or long distance photography.
You have the option of developing and printing your pictures (most
photographers prefer to do that), but you can even hand your film over to
the company you work for or to a commercial lab for processing.
The work hours are long and irregular. Sometimes you even have to make
yourself available on short notice. It's a high-pressure job with tight
deadlines. But if you are self-employed photographers your work hours will
be more flexible.
There are various categories of photographers:
Press photographer: You'll work for newspapers and shoot pictures of the
day's events, that will accompany the article on the newspaper the next day.
The photographs you shoot are also stored in archive. You could be working
for magazines, newspapers and sometimes book publishers (for covers). It's a
dare devil job where you often have to risk your life in attempting to take
pictures of newsworthy events, people and places.
Photojournalist: This is slightly different from press photography as your
photographs itself have to tell the whole story. This means they have to be
Technical/Industrial Photographer: You'll use specialised photographic
instruments to photograph industrial equipments to be used in company
brochures and other publication.
Scientific photographers: You'll specialise in areas like astronomic
photography, astrophysics photography, photography of chemical and
biological materials, specimen, etc. You will photograph laboratory
Commercial Photographers: It involves taking pictures of merchandise,
buildings, machinery, fashions, livestock, and groups of people to be used
in advertisements, marketing reports, brochures, catalogs, and postcards.
You will also be photographing events, marketing promotion operations, etc.
Fashion Photographer: You'll take attractive images of fashion products like
designer clothes, accessories, etc.
Personal Photographer: This is the best part. Here you'll hobnob with the
best faces in the fashion industry like models and film stars. You'll
specialise in capturing images of people. You will also work in Fashion
Nature And Wildlife Photographer: If you are green at heart, this is it.
Here you'll capture animals in their natural habitat. Sub marine or under
water photography is another branch of this stream.
Film Photographers: You will shoot feature films, advertising films,
Video Photographers: You will shoot moving films with a video camera. Your
subjects can be anything from a marriage ceremony to a 16 mm film.
Forensic Photographers: Here you'll travel with the police to crime scenes
to photograph evidence. Adventourous, isn't it?
Some photographers specialize in special events such as wedding, awards
For pursuing photography as a career you need:
A keen visual sense
A good understanding of shapes, colours, patterns, and hues
A perfect eye for observing everything around - life and nature.
An interest and ability to express life and nature in a visual art form
An excellent spatial perception - the ability to capture and understand
objects from different dimensions and locations.
A love for details - you will know what is missing in a given scene.
A successful career in photography doesn't call for a degree or diploma in
the subject. All you need is a strong sense of aesthetics and creativity.
And loads of focus. You should go the extra nine yards to make your work a
satisfying experience for your clients.
But you will do better with a basic course in photography. Certain skills
have to be learnt, and you will have to know the instruments and equipment.
A formal training course will give you confidence and make you aware of the
latest technologies. For film and video, you must have a formal training.
There are ample opportunities for a budding photographer.
You could work for an advertising agency, newspaper houses, magazine or a
You can work for television channels, television software (what you call
television serials) producers, film producers, web site.
There is immense scope for freelancing. There are agencies where your
photographs can be syndicated and you can earn royalty in the process.