Open up a travel magazine and see a shot of a giraffe taken on safari in Africa, see an image of an eagle in flight or a lion mid-feast, and it’s likely they been taken by a wildlife photographer. Capturing these animals in their natural habitat is one of the hardest skills that can be learned, especially as photographers are contending with the unpredictability of the animals. The shots may look effortless, but it’s likely that for every perfect photograph, there are hundreds that didn’t make the final cut. Whether you dream of capturing sunsets in some far-flung destination with wildlife grazing in the distance or getting up-close and personal with your favourite wildlife animals in the UK, here’s how you can turn your passion into a career and what you’ll need to keep in mind while out photographing in the wild.
Taking the leap into full-time photography is certainly not easy. While you may be used to snapping amateur photos as a hobby or as a side project, finding a position which is your nine-to-five can be challenging. While there are many routes that a career in photography can take you, you really have two options to decide upon; work as a freelance photographer taking on solo projects or collaborating with partners on occasion, or the other alternative is to take up a position within a business that requires a photographer full-time. Regardless of the path that you choose, there are certain aspects that you will want to consider that will lead to you calling it your job and help to further your career. Below are some of the areas that you may want to consider.
Instagram, the modern-day mecca when it comes to image sharing. In the last seven years, its actively monthly users have grown from one million to an enormous 700 million, of which 100 million have joined the site in the last twelve months; coinciding with the introduction of Instagram Stories.Every day, Instagram users share more than 95 million photos and videos, including some of the world’s most renowned photographers, along with some of the lesser known, niche individuals. Below we have put together a round-up of some of the photographers that should find their way into your ‘followers’ list immediately!
Whether it’s looking at mouth-wateringly delicious food images on Instagram or flicking through a cookbook that’s filled with scrumptious dishes, there’s no denying that there is a certain knack to making photographs of food look as well presented and yummy as they do. In fact, sometimes, it would be nice if you could grab a knife and fork and dive right in.
Whether you’re an amateur or professional, there’s plenty of ways and opportunities that you can make money from the photographs that you take. The profits you receive could be used as a financial bonus if photography is just a hobby and something you do alongside your usual line of work, or perhaps taking photos is your bread and butter. We’ve rounded up the best ways you can make money below.