Are There Other Types Of Photography?
As we have discussed there are many avenues open to a professional photographer.
Some actually graduate from the world of business into corporate photography.
Corporate photography has many facets; it is used for publicity, in the form of
advertisements; for public relations, for historical purposes, and for in-house
brochures. Some corporate photographers can work for the same company for many
years. They cover special events in the companies' history, as well as being as
in some cases an important aspect of industrial history. The history of the
steamboat, the transition from the Agrarian to the Industrial revolution has all
been captured on film. Not only industrial history but history has been captured
on film. War photographers usually by press photographers' have captured history.
In the 1940's Ansel Adam's was probably the best-known American photographer. He
captured images of the enforced internment of American citizen's of Japanese
descent at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. These prints record
history in another way as the Photographic Division of the Library of Congress
show digital scans of his negatives as well as his prints; this allows a student
to study his dark room techniques.
The art of action photography is a specialised art that presents unique
challenges, requiring both technical skills in capturing a moving image, as well
as knowledge of the activity you are photographing. A sense of timing is vital
as well as having the ability to pre-focus. Some types of photography has peak
moments, such as the hour before dusk, action photography has peak milliseconds!
Your sense of timing has to be well developed to know when this is going to be,
because you have to shoot a millisecond before that to give the camera time to
actually shoot. This is where knowledge of the activity is very helpful to allow
you to anticipate the peak second. However, this is a very specialised aspect of
the photography business, your techniques can be improved.
Sport photography is easier than moving wildlife, or breaking news stories, as
it is more predictable in its outcome. Common sense is fairly important with
your positioning, you need an interesting backdrop, as well as a place that
allows you to make best use of ambient light, be it also to keep yourself in a
position of safety. The Pulitzer Prize for photography is no use to anyone when
they are dead. Often these skills can be refined at amateur sporting events,
where you do not need a press pass.
Another specialist type of photography is underwater photography, partly because
you also need to be a qualified diver and partly because the equipment is
specialised. It is possible to take shots underwater, with a normal camera, but
amphibious cameras, get better results, unfortunately they are expensive, with a
lot of things to learn and the possibility of very expensive repairs. As with
action photography this is best left to the specialist and it is not a feasible
option, unless you work in this media for the majority of your time. The sea can
be a dangerous medium to work in, and it presents special challenges such as
night, and wreck photography, as well as drift photography, all of which
challenge both your diving skills as well as your technical skills.