INTERVIEW: How to be a successful photographerPooja Mathur212|3Last Updated:09:20 am, July 15, 2012
Photography is all about love, says Amulya Nagaraj who is a Bangalore-based photographer, who specializes in portraits of children, wedding photography, interiors, and food-related shoots.
What did you do your graduation in?
I did my bachelors in journalism and masters in media and cultural studies.
At what point in your life did you realise that you wanted to be a photographer?
Photographs have always been a part of my life as far as I can remember. I got my first professional camera at the age of 24 when I was working as a reporter. I realised I enjoyed telling a story better through images. A strong image can capture an emotion better, particularly when accompanied by the right words.
In 2010, I got tired of a desk reporter's job and really needed to focus on telling the story through images. And so photography became a career.
What kind of photography you do?
Generally anything that intrigues me. Right now, professionally I focus on weddings, food, interiors, portraits of children and adults. I also freelance for a few magazines and newspapers.
What is the starting salary of a photographer?
Low. Very low. As glamorous as our job sounds, it is still a new field and quite underpaid. Though you eventually do make money, be ready to be hungry for the first few years.
Nobody takes this up for the money. This job is all about love.
What is the scope of photography in India?
It depends on what area you are looking at. It is a developing field. People are yet to see what effort goes into the profession. There is plenty of scope for improvement and to grow. And to innovate. You can work for magazines, newspaper, as a documentary photographer, wedding, interior etc. The area is vast.
To see Amulya Nagaraj's work click HERE
Recommended institutes for photography: The Indian Institute of Photography
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