Interesting Career Opportunities in Photography

With the improvement in the technology of phone cameras and the “share-it” mindset that apps such as Instagram have brought along, photography as a career has really boomed in the recent past. Presently, opportunities are plenty for photographers but as with everything else, they come with an equal amount of competition to be the best in the industry. As with any creative profession, one has to constantly keep upping your game to stay relevant and be future ready.

We live in a world full of instant photography, one where every smartphone has a camera which can freeze unlimited moments at the click of a button. This wasn’t possible as recently as two decades ago when owning a camera or getting a picture clicked was a luxury which only a privileged few could have. But the world today has evolved, all thanks to the smartphones’ superlative cameras which can click tones of videos and pictures. Freezing memories daily has become an irreplaceable part of our lives.

Considering how the fashion, media and advertising industry is flourishing, photography has been emerging as a very lucrative career opportunity worldwide. Photography is now perceived as a full-time career than just a hobby and there are so many diverse sub-sectors in this field that most aspiring photographers just don’t know where to start.

Also read: Is Alternative Education your Next Thing? 

Today, we are going to cover all these diverse sub-sectors of photography (other than starting your very own studio) so you can be better informed about which direction you want to head in when it comes to pursuing photography.

Photography course

1) Fashion Photography: Possible the most glamorous side of the industry, this will let you express a more artistic, surreal style of photography. The job includes taking pictures of models wearing high-end fashion, commercial fashion in a studio or swimsuits on a beach. Fashion photographers create fantasy images of the ‘ideal look’ which encourage consumers to buy certain clothes, makeup, jewellery and accessories.

2) Portrait Photography: 
Taking pictures of people, either individually or in groups is the job of a portrait photographer. It essentially involves capturing precious family moments which includes both portrait shots as well as candid shots that capture the intimacy of a relationship or a child’s milestone birthday. To become a professional portrait photographer, the most important thing is to excellent interpersonal skills apart from an eye to identify and capture the right moment.

3) Forensic Photography: 
This particular stint requires much more than just photography skills! A forensic photographer must possess a great deal of knowledge regarding human anatomy and forensic procedures since their images are used to support evidence in legal cases in the court of law. It largely involves depicting crime scenes from various angles and distances and the eligibility requirement varies from department to department but experience in police work, forensics, crime scene investigation and photography will make an application more competitive.   

4) Nature, Wildlife and Travel Photography: 
Taking pictures of all aspects of nature which includes scenery and animals both is what includes the job of nature and wildlife photographer. This includes photos of specific kinds of animals, animal action shots, underwater shots, weather phenomenon and many more and the career path includes learning about nature, how animals behave, when are they active, finding local natural spots and being patient since nature doesn’t give you what you need in an instant!

Travel photography

5) Military Photography: A day in the life of an Army photographer might involve everything from snapping candid photos of soldiers at work to recording battlefield action as it happens. But not everyone can just join the Army and pick up a camera. The opportunity to record the Army in action takes special skills and specific training. As a military photographer, your photos would be used for recruitment, educational purposes, and historical documentation, similar to photojournalism.

6) Photojournalist: 
It is an art of creating a visual representation of a newsworthy event where words fall short. It most certainly is a broad career, since the field is extremely diverse, from international issues to local sports events and it comes with its own set of challenges. It’s one of the toughest fields to break into and requires a lot of passion and perseverance. To get into this field, photographers often get into a job at a newspaper or magazine. There’s a long period of freelance work also as you slowly build your portfolio and network.

7) Photo editor or digital imaging editor: This career is for those who have a keen eye in selecting the right image for a story and editing them for a magazine or a publication. The most essential skill is to have an eye for excellent photos and many times edit the photo to make it work for the specific purpose. A photo editor should understand how people react to pictures and should have a keen eye for detail.

Is photography your passion? Are you interested in freezing moments which will be cherished for generations? If it is so, check out our photography course on our website now and start the journey as a photographer!

Is Alternative Education your ‘Next Thing’?

With regards to our school years, we often forget in the heady haze of nostalgia, the tedium of homework, the endless rambling of teachers and the red stamps on report cards – concentrating rather on the pranks, the disciplinary action for ‘talking in class’ and the strolls of disgrace in front of the class to read out the chit you were secretly attempting to pass across to your bestie.

Alternative education

However, once you remove those rose-tinted glasses, chances are, uncomfortable questions with respect to the educational system we experienced in childhood might rise, where it was alright to take such a large number of additional hours understanding why the periodic table worked the manner in which it did, while essay-writing was evidently a little treat.

There is no doubt that whenever we talk about education in India, everyone starts complaining about how bureaucratic the system is. However, the upcoming generation of the urban parents are evidently evolving and making an effort in enrolling their kids with ‘Alternative Education Academies’ that aim at providing a different environment of learning for students, depending on their capabilities and interests.

Also read: 5 habits that will assure your child’s financial success in future

Many religious and philosophical leaders of India like Swami Vivekananda, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Maharishi Yogananda, Satya Sai Baba have also set up schools across the nation with the objective to follow alternative ways of schooling.  As we all know, the Right to Education act has made education compulsory for all children below the age of 14. Having said that, we still don’t see many changes as such in the approach to our education system.

Parents now claim that alternative education brings out the true colors of their child. Jiddu Krishnamurti, a philosopher believes, “Education is not just to pass examinations, take a degree and a job, get married and settle down, but also to be able to listen to the birds, to see the sky, to see the extraordinary beauty of a tree, and the shape of the hills, and to feel with them, to be really, directly in touch with them.”

As per the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), the only yearly annual source of data on kids’ learning results accessible in rustic India, only 25.1 pc of the understudies enlisted in standard III can read standard II level content and only 47.8 pc of the understudies selected in standard V can read standard II level content. The latest report concluded, “Many parents of school going children do not have any or much education. They understand the importance of schooling but often do not understand how they can support children’s learning. Hence, there is a need to de-mystify learning to involve parents.”

India is now gradually evolving towards a greater acceptance towards alternative education. Alternative schools have one very strong belief, ‘each child is unique’. Given that alternative schools are smaller in size, with smaller class sizes, children get a lot more individual attention and are free to move at their own pace. This is made possible because the educationists at such spaces don’t expect all children in a class to level up to one standard.  

Another strong aspect of the philosophy at alternative schools is that most educators appreciate that the future is largely unknown and that the best we can do is to ensure children can adapt, learn, un-learn and re-learn, as that will equip them with the skills and abilities to navigate a world which seems to be changing and evolving at warp speed. The future can never be ‘mastered’ by getting high grades, as most children are led to believe. It can only be ‘lived’, and therefore mindset is probably more important than anything else in navigating a future we can’t predict.

Speaking based on the facts, students in alternative schools end up doing better than the ones in regular schools.  Most alternative schools don’t follow textbooks except for languages and mathematics. Teachers are always encouraged to create their own learning material, sometimes involving children too; letting the child understand the process of learning is part of the overall educational process.

The belief is that adhering to textbooks could get the children into rote learning mode which is not encouraged and to make teachers more independent and creative to impart knowledge.

These are a list of alternative schools you can read about which are revolutionizing the education space:

  • Mirambika Free Progress School
  • Aarambh Waldorf School
  • The Hypnotherapy School of India
  • Edha Education Foundation
  • Manava Bharti International School
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication

The List continues. This tells us that Peoples’ mindsets are truly evolving and people are positively moving towards the concept of Alternative Education. We at MyNT share the same ideas and beliefs. Browse our website if you want to learn more about out of the box education for your children.

5 habits that will assure your child’s financial success in future

Are you a parent who’s concerned about your child’s future? Constantly find yourself thinking about if they’ll have a successful career later in life?

Well, guess what – it doesn’t really matter what they choose as long as their understanding of the real world is early and they progress to make more controlled decisions every day.

As an adult, we understand that authority is everything. Be it an investment or a drive on a sunny day over the highway,  as long as we’re in control – we’re happy. I don’t know how many of you look at it like this, but Happiness is the key asset that we chase throughout our lives. It’s bigger than a fancy house or the sports car around the next block.

Also read: Confused about your career? 5 steps to help you make the right choice!

But in order to do this for our children, how can we talk to our them about value investing? Talking to your child today about money investing may not interest them. And if you’re planning to put a few hundred dollars into a trading account just to teach them – that’s worse. If they lose the money, they’ll unconsciously switch off this mode of investment, on the other hand, if they end up making some profits – they’ll try to make bigger bets – which will more certainly convert into a bigger problem. So how are we supposed to bring them up to speed with the financial competition of the real world?

Here’s how,

Use real-life examples to teach them time value of money.

Sow a seed with your child and let that blossom into a plant and then a tree full of fruits. Show them how a few months of care has helped in them relishing the fruit today. To understand that the journey contributes to creating the result is very important.

Tell them about companies wherever possible.

The best time is when your child pushes you to buy her/him something. Talk about the utility of the product, and also about its origin. So the next time that chocolate bar or soda you buy they get to understand about companies like Hershey’s and Coca-Cola, where they come from and where they are today.

Start investing for them. Teach them at the right time.

While I mentioned that a real money game at a very early age can result in demotivation or real betting traits, you can instead create a budget with life goals of your child – gauge when is the time to tell them about it and make them learn how you perform actions. Start as early as you can.

Say you’re envisaging higher education for your child 20 years down the line –  what do you do? Align your financial goals and start saving today! As and when your child is 15, it’s time to reveal what you’re saving for them. At that age, children take interest and are highly motivated to become a part of the working group of the world.

Once they understand planning, give them a budget to save and invest.

Once they’ve understood how you plan for your own life goals to achieve them, they can do the same. They can actually orchestrate their life according to their financial goals, the way they want to.

If you invest INR 1000 every month, you can accumulate INR 1,00,00,000 when you’re 40. This definitely interests your 16-17 year old. (25 years of 25% returns in a growth MF)

Let them make mistakes. But make sure you give them the lessons around it.

Making mistakes, taking chances and failing are paramount for anybody’s learning experience. Once you feel that your child is ready to face the world, always encourage them to take chances, even if at the cost of making mistakes. Don’t protect your child, rather making them immune to such failures and help them focus on the learnings they get instead of the outcome.

By taking these simple steps, you can almost ascertain that your child will achieve in life what you may/may not have. Start today, give it your time and persistence. 

All the best!