Wildlife Photographer

12/11/2014 Career

Photographing wildlife in their natural habitat provides one the chance
of experiencing the sheer thrill and rare excitement of their
fascinating and complicated world. This envious field of photography is
not just about clicking photographs but enjoying the wildlife and
gaining thorough knowledge about their surroundings. Whether it is a
roaring lion, yawning tiger, an alert leopard, a jolly elephant, or huge
flying pelicans, capturing wildlife on the wide lens is a treasured
experience in itself, offering umpteen rare moments to cherish for

As a profession, wildlife photography requires immense passion for
wildlife, nature, and conservation, along with in-depth knowledge of the
subjects. To become a wildlife photographer, one should possess sound
technical skills, such as being able to expose correctly, good field
craft skills and stalking skills, sharp eyesight, true-color vision,
stamina, coordination, efficiency, willingness to work outdoors in all
weather conditions. He/She must also have lots of patience to wait for
the picture perfect moment and strong interpersonal communicating skills
to deal with the wildlife park authorities in order to seek permits and
visit the restricted areas.

Course Details
regular courses in wildlife photography are not offered widely in India,
but aspirants willing to make a career in this field of photography can
pursue any level programs in photography or pursue a Bachelor�s degree
course in photojournalism. A large number of good institutes conduct
part-time as well as full-time Degree/Diploma/Certificate courses. Along
with sharp vision, manual dexterity, artistic ability, flexibility,
perseverance, loads of patience, concentration, and self-discipline,
budding wildlife photographers are advised to complete a photography
course before plunging into this specialization.

Career Prospects
a host to an assortment of jungles of various atmospheric and weather
conditions, India is the dream destination for any wildlife
photographer. Professional wildlife photographers generally take
assignments from editors of newspapers, magazine, publishing companies,
advertising agencies, and government agencies. Most of them prefer to
work independently and share their work with various media agencies and
wildlife NGOs. Besides, they can also host exhibitions and send their
work to photography contests to get their talent identified and
recognized in the industry, thereby earning the desired name and fame.
What�s more, photographs clicked by them can be used for designing cards
and calendars or for launching brands related to them. Wildlife
photographers can re-license photos to editors and exhibit pictures in
museums as well. Other exciting and productive options include selling
related retail products and running photographic workshops.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
few institutes in India offer specialized courses in wildlife
photography. Young aspirants can take up courses in photography, which
are offered by many eminent institutes in India. These are: National
Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad; Sir JJ School of Applied Arts,
Mumbai; Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad; Xavier
Institute of Communications, Mumbai; Ambitions 4 Photography Academy,
Chennai; Academy of Photography, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata;
Fergusson College, Pune; College of Art, Delhi University, New Delhi;
National Academy of Photography, Kolkata; Shari Academy of Photography
and Digital Imaging, Mumbai; and Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts &
Communication, New Delhi.

Like any career
in photography, the wildlife section too offers a non-predictable pay to
professionals. At the beginner�s level, one can expect a salary of Rs.
5,000-10,000 a month, depending completely upon the ingenuity of the
person. Once established, then the sky is the limit for professionals.
Popular and reputable wildlife photographers can easily earn pay packets
ranging from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 5 lakh a month

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