which field of photography suits you?

Everybody needs a professional photographer, this phrase has kept me more dedicated to my work.


Damilola Ayobami

3 years ago | 5 min read


Everybody needs a professional photographer” this phrase has kept me more dedicated to my photography career. As a photographer or a starter, there are diverse genres/fields of photography in which one or more suits you. In my last article, I emphasized about some sources of income for photographers, this time I would be giving brief explanation on other fields of photography in which you can master. i want you to note that the field of photography is diverse and varied, there’s something for everyone in photography.

Here are fields of photography that suits you

#1 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Nearly everyone hires a photographer for their wedding, why? This is because it’s a special day and a memorable one, it involves mixture of portraiture and event photography in a wide variety of settings and groups, its pretty intense as its all about getting the best shots you can on the first try and you may not really get a second chance in some situations as a result, you have to be quick on your feet, up and moving around during the reception and ceremony, its all about being ready to shoot outdoors even on a sunny day and indoors for dimly lit receptions. Many people shoot wedding as they say “that’s where the money is” but this could lead to total disappointment if you go for money and not what you have flair for or what you love to do in photography.

#2 ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY: We have people who is particular about the shapes of buildings and how a particular building should be built, or are into building and architectural designs, this type of people hires architecture photographers as they deal with photographing buildings and structures. Details captured includes the exteriors and interiors, and subtle details that make the building's design unique. They accurately represent the subjects, these subjects are captured using specialized cameras and advanced techniques, and also high definition lens like the tilt-shift lens

#3 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY: This is a splendid field of photography, in which pictures are without any colors, as the name implies, it may be capturing any scene; nature, wildlife, arts without color, all pictures are either captured in black and white naturals or converted to it during post- processing. This also covers low key monochrome images with the use of lightning in a very minimal way.

#4 PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: It’s one of the most common field of photography you should think of when you consider career options in photography. The kinds of photography that can be included in portraits is astounding as its cut across all other fields of photography, people seek out for portrait photographers for maternity and newborn shoot, school photos, and general family photos. Portrait is also commonly needed for employees to update their headshots for websites and publicity materials. Furthermore, aspiring and professional models are in constant need of updated portfolios with a catalog of current shots to market themselves for agencies and jobs, as such, they need the service of a portrait photographer.

#5 EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY: Event photography is an energetic and sure way to make money with your camera, whether corporate events or wild and crazy rock concerts, event photographers can work in a variety of settings. Event photography styles often involve a mixture of photojournalistic documentary work and portrait making. Some event photos are used for publicity purposes, while other use the photos as souvenirs.

#6 PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY: This type of photography that involves creative capturing of products available in high definition for marketing purposes. Most product photography is studio based, with careful control of backgrounds, shadows, and lighting effects. Product photography covers a lot of ground, Jewelry is another favorite type of product photography since this demands the perfect balance of lights and preparation, while some product shoots might involve models.

#7 FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY: This is a type of photography that has no rules, this is about using pictures to create art. Fine art photographers displays their works in galleries and at art shows, and generally, they sell a finished, framed print product to their customers. Fine art photography can be of any subject at all, but landscape and portrait artists are probably the most common. Fine art images are about capturing emotional responses and communicating with the audience.

#8 FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY: It is one of the most glamorous and difficult. Fashion photographers need to get familiar with the latest trends in the fashion world, from cover shots of the top fashion magazines to documenting the latest styles and trends on the runway, fashion photographers cover a little bit of documentary photography. In this field of photography, the look of the photographs is everything. Lighting must be perfect. This is a job that is also focused on the model, so a majority of the photographer’s time is spent posing and directing models and scenes to get the desired look from the publication. We have other people like the Stylists, wardrobe specialists, makeup artists, art directors, and others that makes up a team that keep the shoot on track and make the magic happen.

#9: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: The primary job of a travel photographer is to transport their audience to that place without them having to leave home, create in their minds pictures of places that might interest them. This type of photography is for people who like to travel, explore and document beautiful things, it may be about human, animals, nature, food, wildlife or culture of different places across the world and it allows you to do just that while having fun with your camera in dynamic settings.

#10 ADVERTISING OR LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you know that Everywhere you go, you are surrounded by photography? Photography is on billboards, street signs, brochures, magazine ads, even in your pockets on our smartphones. Fascinating photography makes the advertising world tick, and photography has never been more demanding than it is right now. Advertising photography includes a wide range of subjects, like street photography, lifestyle photography, fashion photography, or product photography. Advertising photographers can work as freelancers, selling images on a project-by-project basis, or they might work directly for major ad agencies. Either way, it’s an all-encompassing field where you may be shooting for a print ads campaign today and shooting internet ads the next, always with a new subject.

#11 PHOTOJOURNALISM: This field of photography is invariably tasking, you might be asked to cover war zones, political rallies, natural disasters, or community celebrations, photojournalists cover breaking news. Newspapers, magazines, and online publications are all in need of still photographs to add more attractiveness and realness to tell their stories. Photojournalism is one of the documentary types of photography, and the goal of a photojournalist is to document the events as they unfold, not all news reporters are photojournalists but all photojournalists are news reporters, because they relay news with pictures to add authenticity to the new stories, the majority of work is done candidly and as discreetly as possible. The photos tell a story of events that are happening all over the world.

In conclusion, photography is a broad field as its cut across all aspect of human life, I urge you to feasibly look into the fields of photography and carefully select those that suits you. Photography is never boring, find the one that suits you and carve a niche for yourself.


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Damilola Ayobami







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