A Letter from a College Kid Passionate About Photography

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Hi,

My name is Yohan Saravanah. I am passionate about photography. I am interested in photojournalism, event photography, and travel photography.

Is Photography a very competitive career to get into? Is it hard to get a job in photography? Is it also hard to make money as a photographer? Is photography considered a career or a hobby and why? Does photography help people?

I talked to the program coordinator of Photography at Seneca College. He said that "photography is one of the most challenging, difficult careers. It is a lot of work and it is very competitive. It is not for everyone". Is it true about what he said?

Is it true that jobs in photojournalism are declining because of the transition from print journalism to online journalism and most of the photojournalist are freelancers.

Are photography and photojournalism considered as an art? Why are photography and photojournalism considered as an art? 

Is media a very competitive industry because there are too many people who are passionate about it. For example, filmmakers, YouTubers, photographers, etc.

Are the rest of the media field true:

Media
• Expensive technology
• Highly passionate people
• low income
• few jobs
• difficult to get into the business
• based on the client's needs
• lot of work
• tight deadlines
• long hours

From: Yohan


My response below:

Hi Yohan,

 

Photography can be whatever you make of it, a career or hobby. For myself it's a fulltime career. I have a list of clients that come to me for headshot photography, special events and weddings. Video work pays better than still photography work and I take on a small handful of video projects every month.

 

Yes photography helps people. I create photographs to give people a lasting memory and image of their special day. 

 

Photography is very competitive, only those that can get through the pain and struggle survive. Make it through the hard initial long run of a couple years then it becomes easier.

 

"Is it true that jobs in photojournalism are declining because of the transition from print journalism to online journalism and most of the photojournalist are freelancers." - I don't know. I've always acquired my own clients from day 1, so you could say I am a freelancer.

 

"Is media a very competitive industry because there are too many people who are passionate about it. For example, filmmakers, YouTubers, photographers, etc." - Everything is competitive. Passion, skill + dedication trumps the competition. I don't worry about competition specifically as I'm focused on mastering my natural talents and abilities. 

 

"Are the rest of the media field true:

 

Media
• Expensive technology
• Highly passionate people
• low income
• few jobs
• difficult to get into the business
• based on the client's needs
• lot of work
• tight deadlines
• long hours"

 

Everything above may be true except the low income. Every job can be low or high income. All high-income people are the best at their specific craft. So low-income artists only remain, low-income artists if they don't improve and demand fair wages. It is what you make it, and it is hard work.

- Nyo Mudzingwa


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From my heart to yours,

Nyo Mudzingwa