Arts Industry…What It’s Like Being Creative
Before I attended a creative arts school, I spent a good deal of time perusing the photos in Life magazine. Some of you young photography school students may not have even heard of Life magazine. But at the time it was in existence; it contained some of the most compelling photojournalism out there,. It’s what sent me on my way. Young and wide-eyed; to photography school; to learn. As I phrased it, “how to take pictures like that.”
Photography schools are an excellent way to explore different aspects of photography. You may also find after entering, that the aspect you came to pursue is not the one you leave with. For me, this wasn’t the case. I was always very sure of my path in photography as a photojournalist. That’s not to say I don’t experiment with different kinds of photography, I do. But photojournalism has always remained my biggest passion.
If you’re considering studying photojournalism on your own or in photography school; here are some things to give you a better grasp of what’s behind it.
Creative arts and photojournalism basically entails using images that are newsworthy
With any creative arts or type of photojournalism, you’ll be seeking publication. Most likely that means through newspapers or magazines (whether online or print). So your photographs will focus on news-related events. But it goes beyond this as well. I once attended a seminar. Where a famous photojournalist called the process of photojournalism; shooting verbs.
Many in the audience were slightly perplexed by this definition. But as I thought about it further; I thought how perfect the comparison was. As a photojournalist, you need to be able to relay the story (sometimes without words). As well as give your audience a sense of the event and energy. You can’t do this through regular photographic still shots. You need to convey the action of the event, in language. That would pretty much equate to using a verb.
Photojournalism usually encompasses two types of creative arts. The first is when an image is used to illustrate (or accompany) a story. The second is when images are the primary source used to tell a story.
In the first instance, the most likely scenario is that you’ll be hired by a publication. Or featured journalist to take photos that accompany their story. In the second, you’ll be out looking for your own story. The benefit here, although a little less secure in getting published; is that you’ll have much more freedom. It’s your images that will guide and convey the story.
If you know how to write or be creative in arts
This will be an extra benefit when you’re pitching your photos to the creative arts and media outlets. And as a photojournalist, at the very least; you’ll want to be able to write captions that will accompany your story. You’ll also need to find the news before or when it happens. And you should get a good grounding in what’s going on in the world today.
If you’re in photography school and considering becoming a photojournalist; you’ll also need to prepare yourself for the relevant dangers that photojournalism can bring. At its most successful, it’s a pretty dangerous profession. No doubt you’ve heard of the many photojournalists and photographers who’ve died while on assignment. You’ll be photographing these types of situations. You have to be someone who’s prepared for this aspect. Most likely in photography school. You won’t have to deal with these conditions. But upon graduation, it’s something you’ll need to consider. On the other hand, photojournalism is one of the most rewarding photography careers around.
What I like most about creative arts and media is traveling
Imagine how much more gratifying it is to see everything that the world has to offer; and get paid for it this is what makes me happy with the career. Some of the creative arts professionals whose job standards require a lot of traveling are journalists, news photographers, writers, actors, and models. More often than not, we are arranged to have comfortable accommodations. As well as given money for food and other necessary expenses.
The media, web design, and creative arts industry comprises of many job opportunities that one can grab. However, if you wish to build a career in creative arts; the lucrative impression should not be the sole purpose. While it is true that arts companies provide plenty of perks for their employees; the responsibilities involved goes way beyond than just getting glamoured up. Most of them require working prolonged hours just to accomplish a single task. Once you have decided that a creative arts career is what you truly want; go ahead and explore your options. There are many employment opportunities in the media and arts industry for you to choose from!