Mar
10

How do photographers choose a specialism?

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by
Matt Bennett

Which is more important – photography itself or the subject you specialise in?

How do photographers choose a specialism?
How do photographers choose a specialism?

Although photographers love photography, very few photographers are happy to photography anything.

Of course there are exceptions, but most photographers, once they are up and running with the basics, quickly choose a subject that they are going to specialise in – and they usually stick to it for decades to come.

For example, sports photographers are, usually, very much sports photographers – you don’t find them shooting weddings as well. Landscape photographers love capturing beautiful scenery, but they may not want to photograph a beautiful model.

So, which is more important – photography itself or the subject you specialise in?

Logically, if you love photography, it would make sense to photograph as many different subjects as possible, but this is rarely the case. There are relatively few all-rounders in the world of photography.

Is it simply the case that it’s better to be a master of one than a Jack-of-all and a master of none?

Post your thoughts and comments here! We want to know what you think! How did YOU choose your specialism?

 

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    • http://www.dfphotography.co.uk Danny Fitzpatrick

      What I photograph for work and what I love to photograph and often very different. For work I often find I am photographing politicians and events while I love to photograph Dance and performers. Occasionally I get to photograph what I really enjoy photographing but 75% of the time I am paying the bills by photographing something else – but then all photography is still fun. It still beats having a proper job :-)