Photography is a fun hobby that can easily become a well paying career. Photography requires a lot of individual creativity and it is a great way to use imagination and originality to creative pictures that the photographer can use and share for their personal use or launch a new profession. Professional photography is a competitive industry and offers many different areas of expertise that each require unique talents and different business plans.
Professional photography is a fantastic career choice but there is much more involved with photography than just picking up a camera and taking pictures. Pictures need to be properly taken, processed, edited and delivered. In addition, there are different types of professional photography that allow different career paths and different areas to focus on. These include:
Taking pictures of individuals or groups of people that are taken in or out of studios. These pictures are then purchased directly by customers and clients.
Taking pictures for commercial and marketing purposes including advertising, catalogs, buildings and more. Commercial photographers are paid in various different ways depending on the project.
Taking pictures of news event and newsworthy people. Photojournalists are usually directly employed by the news media.
Fine Art Photography
Taking artistic pictures of different compositions and sold as fine art. Fine art photography allows a lot of creativity and individuality.
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It is essential that photographers know not only about the operation of a camera and how to create the perfect pictures, but they need to know how to operate a business and details about the profession. There are many different specific courses that aspiring photographers should consider that will teach them necessary skills and provide proper training. Some of these courses include:
- Photo Composition
- Studio Photography
- Lighting Technique
- Communication Skills
- Photography On Location
- Digital Media
While completing course work through an Academy, School or Institute, a student can also explore ways to earn a degree in their photographic studies which may include a Degree in Applies Arts, a Degree in Graphic Design or a Degree in Fine Arts in Photography. Regardless of what degree or career path is chosen, a student taking photography courses will receive hands on learning and training in a real world environment that they can immediately put to use.
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Institutes that offer Photography courses in Sri Lanka
Indranatha Thenuwara Photo Academy
Indranatha Thenuwara, a Professional photographer in Sri Lanka conducts photography classes, organize photography filed trips, written several books on Photgraphy.
Photo Company, 288, Dewalamulla, Dehiwala Road,
Phone (0094) 0777 366 663, 0727366663
Email [email protected]
Hegoda School of Photography
Lal Hagoda, the well known photographer in Sri Lanka offers Photography Classes. http://www.theschoolofphotography.org/
Photography Diploma (One Year) Course by University of Kelaniya
Drama and Theater and Image Arts Unit of University of Kelaniya offers Diploma in Photography (One Year) course. This course has following components:
Paper One - Fundamentals of Photography
Paper Two - Image Making Science
Paper Three - Applications of Photography
Drama & Theater and Image Arts Unit,
University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya,
E-mail: [email protected]
National Association of Photographers - Sri Lanka (NAPSL)
They offer Certificate Course in Basic Photography, Short Course in Basic Photography and Advanced Course in Photography.
National Association of Photographers Sri Lanka
Vocational Training Centre
2/1, Anandadharmaraja Vihara Building, Galle Road, Dehiwala – 10350
071 8278583 (Mr. Dinesh Perera - Course Coordinator)
Academy of Multimedia Design and Technology (AMDT)
AMDT offers Advance Diploma of Photography (ADP)’ which covers everything you need to become a successful photographer.
20, Shrubbery Gardens, Colombo 04, Sri Lanka.
Phone : +94 11 4381 981
Photoshop for Photographers by Wijeya Graphics
Wijeya Graphics (Pvt) Ltd
No. 60, New Kelani Bridge Road, Colombo
Short term Photography courses by Ladies College Department of Vocational Studies (DVS)
DVS a department within Ladies’ College also offer short term photgrpahy courses. http://www.dvs.edu.lk/courses.html