Simple point-and-shoot digital cameras can give surprising quality when they have the right lenses and sensors. Because they are totally automatic in focus and exposure, they just have to be pointed at a subject and clicked. They have limited capabilities for controlling the image, although even very inexpensive cameras often have white balance controls.
Of course there could be more reasons for this increase in arresting photographers. Mickey suspects that part of the reason is the proliferation of the camera. Pretty much everyone with a smart phone has a camera capable of taking some very high quality pictures.
Photography careers are critical to a wide range of industries, and they often require knowledge of modern imaging technology as well as traditional photographic equipment. Today, there are a multitude of diverse careers in the field, from portrait photography to photojournalism.
Even casual observers know that digital photography has taken the world by storm and is now the standard by which almost all professional photographers capture images. The advantages of digital photography over film are staggering. Gone are the days of paying for expensive film cameras, various types of film for different situations and professional film processing.
Professional photographers work in different fields, including wedding and portrait photography, photojournalism, medical, scientific and industrial photography, fashion and advertising photography. They work in studios or on location, and may be employees or freelance photographers.
I did this post for my personal photography blog, but I figured this is an important subject that I hope the Fstoppers community will benefit from. By all means add to this list in the comments below if you have any suggestions! I get this email all the time: "I’m a new/aspiring/struggling/young photographer and I want to know what advice you have for me?"