How to become a professional photographer ?


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How to become a  professional photographer?

professional photographer uses photography to earn money; amateur photographers take photographs for pleasure and to record an event, emotion, place, or person. A professional photographer may be an employee, for example of a newspaper, or may contract to cover a particular event such as a wedding or graduation, or to illustrate an advertisement. Others, including paparazzi and fine art photographers, are freelancers, first making a picture and then offering it for sale or display. Some workers, such as policemen, estate agents, journalists and scientists, make photographs as part of other work.

The major responsibility of Photographers working with various agencies like advertising agencies and magazines is to click the images on different themes.

Steps to become a photographer

Pass class 12th

Earn bachelor degree or diploma

Do an internship

Gain 2 to 3 year’s of experience

Create a good portfolio

Apply for the job as a professional photographer

Minimum Education

Candidates must have cleared class 12th in any stream.

Graduation, diploma or certificate in Photography courses is an added advantage.

Skills are preferred more than academic qualifications.


Certificate in Camera and Photography

Certificate in Photography

Certificate in Digital Photography

Certificate in Professional Photography

Certificate in Advanced Photography and Photo Journalism

Diploma in Photography

B.A. in Visual Arts and Photography

B.A. (Hons) Communication Design – Photography

 You can  work with media agencies and news agencies hire photographers to post on their news channels, newspapers, magazines and websites. Apart from that, there is a constant demand for aesthetic photographers who can click pictures of landscapes, wildlife and other such themes.Candidates can also start their own private photo studios to offer portrait clicking and creating portfolios of potential clients.


Income of a photographer who is starting his career can vary from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh per annum. After some experiencing and creating a name in the market, photographers can also earn up to Rs. 5 lakh, especially in the fashion industry.

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