How to Become a Photographer

shutterstock_161443961Whether you choose to do it professionally or simply want to take a great snap when hiking with friends on the weekend, studying a course in photography will give you the skills you need to get behind the camera.

Speak to any photographer and they will tell you that life behind the camera is exhilarating. Each day is different and the satisfaction you get from taking a great shot is exalting. Photos allow you to capture a memory forever and see things in a different light. Through photography, you learn to appreciate colours, textures, light, shapes, people, trees, architecture and flowers. Something that looks so ordinary in real life can suddenly become beautiful simply by viewing it through a lens.

Once mastering this art, you inevitably start to see the beauty that is all around you. It makes sense that so many claim learning photography was a life-altering experience.

Where to start?

The best way to start your photography journey is to get familiar with a camera. Learn what takes your interest and what you most enjoy snapping. Photography is not just about taking landscape shots and wedding photos and there are many different types of photography professions.

Photography job options include:

  • Press photographer or photo journalist.
  • Fashion photographer.
  • Portrait photographer.
  • Industrial photographer.
  • Wildlife photographer.
  • Feature photographer.
  • Forensic photographer.
  • Scientific photographer.
  • Children’s photographer.
  • Freelance photographer.

Once you have a good feel for the type of photos you like taking, you will need to build on your personal attributes and skills. To be a photographer you must have both creativity and technical knowledge. The field of photography is constantly changing with technological advancements, and you must be willing to learn throughout your career.

Through the course of study, you will learn the different components of a camera, as well as how to produce the best photos possible. You will learn details such as shutter speed, aperture, composition, contrast, directional lighting, texture, reflection and silhouettes. You will learn how to create a visual language and how to promote yourself as a photographer, and will learn the nitty-gritties of the various photographic styles.

How to enrol?

There are a multitude of ways to study photography, with programs available at local colleges, universities, as well as online. The International Career Institute (ICI) offers flexibility and freedom, allowing course participants to continue working or juggling family commitments. ICI is an excellent online resource offering Certificate of Completions in Photography. There are no previous work or education requirements for entry, and students are encouraged to complete assignments at their own rate.  The average course will take 31 weeks.

What are the benefits of study?

Studying photography is a great way to fast-track your career and learn the inside secrets from professionals. For those already in the industry, updating your skills can make you a better photographer and will contribute towards your professional development. Study can help you gain that dream job, higher position or better salary you so desperately seek.

Once completed, your new skills give you a creative outlet and will challenge you daily as you search for exciting things to capture. Photography is never boring and each image is unique, expressive and fulfilling when you take it. Photography tells a story, captures an adventure and allows you to document life. It’s a skill you will carry with you forever.

To learn these skills, check out the International Career Institute (ICI) course in photography today, and begin your new career as a professional photographer.

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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.