A few days ago , I read an article on a website of photography entitled ” Everyone is a photographer now , take a specialization or you will doomed. ” It was something like an argument that in photography business which is getting competitive, a professional photographer needs to focus on only one type of photography.
Such opinion can be found everywhere, like professionals in other fields. Easy example is a doctor, there is a general doctor, surgeon, obstetricians , specialists in internal medicine and so on. The more specialized, the greater honor gained and the success probability.
Does this apply also in the world of photography? Maybe yes, we see the professionalism of photographers from their type of photography, for example: wedding photographer, landscape, product, commercial, architecture, travel, photojournalism, and so on.
But, is a specialization can guarantee a success in photography ? Apparently not. Photography is different from other professional fields . To be a doctor specialties , of course, a doctor should be trained specifically with a clear formal education . But photography is a skill that can be learned freely today.
We can learn through the internet on websites, photography books , and also can take courses and workshops . So a success photographer don’t need any diploma , certificate or qualifications.
Well, even if a photographer has chosen a particular specialization , doesn’t mean always better than the multi – disciplinary. In my opinion , specialization or not is not important to be a successful photographer . The important thing is to make good works consistently.
Advantage of not specialize is we can learn different types of photography that develops insight and creativity . Skills may be obtained from one types of photography can be combined to make a more interesting photo.
Camera and computer technology developments cheapen, facilitate, and enable us to master the various types of photography, then why are we limiting ourselves by taking a narrow path? Don’t worry about specialization, shoot all your attention, from there we can learn . Just Journey, be kind to everyone , eventually success will come sooner or later.
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