Your guide to become a Photographer in Malaysia

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RM 1,900 - 2,400

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Who is a Photographer?

A Photographer is one who takes beautiful pictures with strong photography skills and the right angle.

Are you capable of telling a story through scenes and people captured through your camera? Do you love to discover the world or see things in a different light? While others prefer to enjoy the beautiful scenery with their naked eye, you prefer to capture the beauty of nature with your lenses and show the world what they otherwise could not see or where they cannot afford to go. A career in Photography is always motivating and exciting as it allows you to be creative throughout the process. ...

Are you capable of telling a story through scenes and people captured through your camera? Do you love to discover the world or see things in a different light? While others prefer to enjoy the beautiful scenery with their naked eye, you prefer to capture the beauty of nature with your lenses and show the world what they otherwise could not see or where they cannot afford to go. A career in Photography is always motivating and exciting as it allows you to be creative throughout the process. In a nutshell, Photography is one of those careers that truly require passion, skill, patience and commitment. If you love taking selfies, do note that a professional Photography would require 10 times the amount of skill and dedication to perfect that angle.

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The pros and cons of being a Photographer:

Pros

It’s not necessary for you to have an academic qualification to be a Photographer. You only need a technical proficiency to start a career

Flexible working schedules (in some cases)

There is opportunity to travel especially for Photojournalists and wedding photographers

Cons

Work conditions can be dangerous (war zones and natural calamities)

Irregular and long work hours

Competition is tough; strict deadlines

What are all the responsibilities of a Photographer ?

Take outstanding pictures in different angles and locations

Research on a topic before the event

Understand the pictures that your client requires

Search for appropriate subjects to shoot

Use different camera equipment for different settings

Communicate with subjects of the photo

Arrange items for better picture composition

Work with other professionals

Sort out unsuitable photographs

Create a portfolio of the work you have done

Use software to digitally alter photographs

Manage your resources

What skills do you need to become a Photographer?

Creativity

It’s natural for creative people to venture in a career in Photography but it takes much more creativity than you think. You have to take pictures throughout your career and after 100 different photos, one would naturally run out of ideas. As a professional Photographer, you need to constantly think out of the box. With different shutter speeds, ISOs, angle and lighting, you get to take various unique shots of the same object and still make it turn out beautiful.

Patience

Whether their subjects are animals, people or items, Photographers need plenty of patience. Waiting for a nocturnal animal to come out of its’ hiding place will require every ounce of patience in you. One slight shutter sound would ruin a golden opportunity to win the National Geographic photography competition. Ensuring every strand of hair falls in its place for a bride can also take hours.

Eye for detail

That odd leaf in the middle of the road or the little dust blocking the way could be removed to make the picture look better. Perhaps moving the glass a little to the left or straightening the paper would change the whole landscape. What we’re trying to say is, every detail in the picture counts.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Photographer?

What are the requirements to be a Photographer?

No specific qualification is needed to apply for this job. It would be good to obtain a degree in Photography when applying for a job in a big company. Photography is more focused on skill, meaning that with the proper skills, you can become a good Photographer. You also need to have the knowledge to use designing and editing softwares such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and the like.

What are the working hours of a Photographer?

Full-time: Portrait photographers under a company typically work from 8am to 5pm.

Freelance: Irregular work hours as it depends on the demand for certain photographs and the deadline.

Note: Be prepared to take photos under all kinds of weather.

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