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When you hear the words Nature Photographer, what do you think of?  Do you think of a female or male taking stunning pictures of surroundings that has to be just right, otherwise it is worthless, or do you think of an individual who captures random pictures? Most people would choose the second choice. I wonder why?  It's because people do not truly understand the difficulty of a Nature Photographer's job. A Nature Photographer is a person who takes pictures of fine-looking, perfect scenery/landscape. A Nature Photographer knows when he or she has gotten that picture perfect image. When taking a picture, he or she must have out of this world, fantastic lighting, a high-quality, clear background, a perfect pose and the exact elements to create an attention-grabbing work of art. Nature Photographers must have an associate degree, bachelor degree or master’s degree. A Nature Photographer makes a medium salary. He or she has many competitors that wants the same job as they do. A Nature Photographer needs to keep up with the latest technology. Jobs are like rollercoaster sometimes they go up and you have tons of fun, but sometimes they go down, and you just want to quit.  New technologies are coming out everyday, which makes the photography business hard to keep up with.

A Nature Photographer’s median salary is $26,080 (Anonymous B 2011, 1).   However, paid photographers have a tendency to receive more than individuals who are self-employed (Borland 2011, 1). Half of one hundred percent receive an average of $20,620 and $43,530. Below the average with ten percent received a smaller amount with $16,920. The maximum ten percent received a higher end with $62,430 (Anonymous 2011, 3). The common yearly earnings for a Nature Photographer was $34,000 during the year of December 2010. This generally compares with the center earnings that the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded, which is approximately $36,370 during the year of 2009. Self-employed Nature Photographers are responsible for getting their own gear, which will influence the amount of money netted ( Huds 2011, 1).

Nature photographers are experts in the field of photography. Nature Photographers takes trips around the planet in quest of beautiful scenery. There are more than a few necessities that make a person right for a career in nature photography. For example, one needs to have devotion, a highly sensitive awareness of nature, and the capability to catch movement (Sivak 2011, 1). In addition, a potential Nature Photographer has some degree options. The first selection is an Associate’s Degree which is regularly received at a community college. This degree will offer the essential skills that will assist a person go into the photography field (Serai 2011, 1). The next choice is a Bachelor’s Degree. This degree will train a person in a necessary digital and non-digital camera handling and how to take different shots (Serai 2011, 2). The third option is a Master’s Degree. This option qualifies one for a superior job in publication (Serai 2011, 3).

"Photography courses are offered by many universities, community and junior colleges, vocational-technical institutes, and private trade and technical schools. Basic courses in photography cover equipment, processes, and techniques. Learning good business and marketing skills is important and some bachelor's degree programs offer courses focusing on them. Art schools offer useful training in photographic design and composition," (Anonymous 2011, 2). A potential Nature Photographer who is willing to go to an independent college to get a degree has to pay a maximum of $45,147 annually. A potential Nature Photographer that is willing to go to a communtiy college to earn a degree has to pay a total of $13,416. Another option is going to an California State University (CSU). In conclusion, he or she will pay an amount of $22,577. One other choice is going to an University of California (UC). To conclude, he or she will be paying a total amount of $31,200. Keeping in mind that all of these choices are living-on the campus. If a Nature Photographer chooses to live off of campus and or a commuting home, the amount of money that he or she will be paying will vary (Anonymous D 2011, 1).
 
“Employment of photographers is expected to grow 12 percent over the 2008-18 period, about as fast as the average for all occupations,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Anonymous 2011, 1). Nature Photographers can look forward to intense rivalry for job openings because the work is appealing to many people. Demand for photographers should boost as the population grows. Furthermore, expansion of online of journals, media and newspapers will have need of greater than ever statistics of money-making photographers to offer digital pictures. All things revolves around either texts and or pictures. For example, something online that contains those two components is advertisement. It is nearly impossible to go onto a website without seeing an personal advertisement. This means new opportunities and doors will unlock. The need of more photgraphers will be on the rise. Because the internet is improving so much, it will make this part much easier. Even though it sounds trouble-free, if no one likes your picture, then no one will buy it meaning no money (Chrysanthou 2011, 3).

Employment enlargement, though, will be forced a bit by the well-known use of digital photography. New innovations in digital machinery trims down blockade of access into this occupation and permits more customers and companies to manufacture vivid images on their own. New technology such as broad variety of cameras and gear, will lead to even better cameras (Hartman 2011, 3). Photographers have many options now a day. For example, you do not have to use a digital camera, there are disposable cameras (Anonymous C 2007, 2). There are a lot of new setting options such as smile detector on the much newer models of cameras. The new cameras that are a available now at many stores have the abilities to motion sense movement around the item. The cameras give permission to the person taking the photo by letting the photographer change the settings ( Anonymous C 2007, 1).

In conclusion, a potential Nature Photographer must have an associate degree, bachelor degree or master’s degree. A Nature Photographer makes a medium salary. He or she has many competitors that wants the same job as they do. Jobs are like rollercoaster sometimes they go up and sometimes they go down. Being a Nature Photographer has a lot of benefits. For instance, you get to be your own manager, and you get to witness incredible animals in their native territories. And from time to time, you get rewarded to go. On the other hand, being a Nature Photographer also has its downs. For example, Nature Photographers repeatedly travel to distant locations all over the world, which means you have to sit on long, exhausting hours of flight trips. Some will sit down for hours before snapping shots worthy to be sold, which means you must have to have loads of patience. The right timing for subjects and lighting in a new location must be learned before shooting. Sometimes Nature Photographers are there at the incorrect moment of day or time of year, the lighting is all wrong, and the subjects are in poor condition. A Nature Photographer may need to visit a location more than one time before they know the greatest places to go and best times to be there. Sometimes the subjects you expect are just not there. Research helps you identify subjects that should be in attendance but sometimes, even with the best preparation, you may have to re-think your objectives on the spot. Migration may have started early, or the snow may not have melted yet, or last year's drought may have reduced the berry crop and the expected subjects may not be available. A new location requires more scouting, and this can leave less time for shooting. In a new place, you must discover these specifics after you arrive and this can take time that would otherwise be spent making photographs.  If you love what you are doing, and you are prepared to learn from a few hard knocks, keep trying and don't give up on yourself. The truth about photography is the same with any other independently owned small business—it’s a lot of hard work and sometimes things don't go your way. Picking a lifelong career is tremendously easier said than done, so if you do not have a great amount of patience and get worn out easily, being a Nature Photographer might not be the finest choice for you.

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