Scope of Photo Journalism, Courses, Jobs & Salary

  • Photo journalism is the art of using photos to tell a story, relay a message accompanying short narratives.  A person who practices photojournalism is called a photojournalist. More specifically, it is an art of learning camera techniques and short descriptive to help build specific emotions in the audience.
  • Think of big events such as Olympics, Mass protests during Arab Revolution. Compared to texts or plain articles, photos are more attractive. People get attracted to them because the images are mastered through the use of technology & Camera handling skills (shot sizes, angles ). if you have an interest in photography coupled with journalistic curiousness then this might be the career you should proceed.

Diploma courses: Following are the renowned diploma course 

  • Diploma in Professional Photography,
  • Diploma in Photography,
  • Diploma in Fashion Journalism (DFJ), 3 - 6 Months
  • B.A (Master in Journalism & Mass Communication (MJMC), 1 - 2 Years
  • Communication Design (Graphics), 3 - 4 Years

Degree courses: some of the degree courses are:

  • BA-MCAJ (BA in Mass Communication, Advertising & Journalism) + GDMC, 2 - 3 Years
  • Bachelor of Mass communication, 2 - 3 Years
  • Bachelor of Business Communication (BBC), 2 - 3 Years
  • Bachelor of Jour B.A (Honours) in Communication Design (Graphics), 3 - 4 Years

Certificate Courses: following are some certification courses:

  • Certificate course in Still Photography & Journalism, 3 - 6 Months
  • Certificate Course in Digital Photography, Less than 3 Months
  • Certificate Course in Lighting Design (Part Time), 9 - 12 Months
  • Certification in Digital Photography (iCLICK), Less than 3 Months
  • Certificate course in Production Direction & TV Journalism, 3 - 6 Months


  • The approximate expense of the general Course from a good institute is round about 3 to 6 lakh INR in Graduate program, and about 3 to 4 lakh INR for Diploma Courses. Educational loans are also available with discount coupons. Some reputed institutions viz, IIMC also provide scholarships.

Employment sector 

  • Government agencies
  • Broadcasting Corporations
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Corporate houses
  • Photography Companies
  • Magazines & Newspapers 
  • Publishing houses
  • Photo agencies
  • Your own Studio
  • Internet blogs, Websites

Fields in Photojournalism

  • Sport and action
  • Real estate and Architecture
  • Papparazi & Entertainment
  • Fashion shows 
  • Current events
  • Wild life & Environmental 
  • Science & Tech
  • Technical skills using image-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Creativity and an eye for a picture
  • Advertise services to attract client
  • Sense of artistic imagination & Photographic perspective
  • Expertise in computer animation and digital editing
  • Networking & interpersonal skills
  • Mindful of the audience
  • Negotiating the sale of specific shots
  • Online presence

The growth of the Internet news audience is expected to create increased job demand for photojournalist. Competition is high, yet specializing in specific area of photography, such as sport, the arts, fashion or advertising is helpful. Also structured paths remain within firms for progression of your career. For further specialization, You can opt for:

  • P.G Diploma in Still Photography and Visual Communication
  • Post Graduate Diploma Advertising & Marketing Commu
    • After 10+2, students in all streams of schooling can pursue the courses in Photojournalism, such as Diplomas, Degrees provided by prominent film institutions.
    • Photojournalist is a painter, and his canvas is magazine or news report or anything. His brush is the appropriate application of photographic skills, techniques and equipment and aesthetics to news reporting and journalism.
    • Photojournalism is timely, although they mostly record news and lifestyle stories. Maintaining your digital portfolios like owning a website is helpful as you can contract your property photos through web platforms. Digital tech is favored as it is easy to edit, produce, deliver and also because its cheaper in costs.

     Camera Techniques in Photojournalism:

    • Exposure:  The brightness and darkness of the image is used create emotions
    • Aperture: The camera lens has the capability to block or admit light through the opening used to creating dark images.
    • Shot Sizes  
    • Wide/Long shots: To emphasize a sweeping location around the subject
    •  A full shot: To displays the full character, without showing much of his surroundings
    • Medium shot: To shows the character from a little above the knees to the top of his head
    • Close-up shots: Here the subject occupies most of the frame 
    • Camera Angles: It is the ability to position the camera in relation to the subject or scenery. 

    Typical responsibilities of the job include working with:

    • Collaborate with journalists and picture editors
    • Always ready to travel to photo shoot locations in unusual working hours
    • Giving attention to social or political issues familiarity with copyright laws 
    • Noting details for photographic captions
    • Maintain Camera and Communication
    • Updated knowledge, Researching and anticipating relevant events;
    • Social Networking aptitudes
    • The salary reflects the size of circulation of the paper and your work experience and portfolio. 
    • As beginners you can expect much while working in junior roles but with experience you can progress to Photographic Editor. 
    • Talented and experienced Photojournalists get 2 lakh to 4 lakh INR easily per project.
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