15 Types Of Photographers Explained

So, you’ve decided to take up photography as a hobby, or maybe you want to make a career out of it.

But you’re not sure what type of photographer to be.

Well, luckily there are quite a few options that you can choose from. And, you don’t have to stick to just one type of photography. I specialize in quite a few types of photography, and I’ve been able to make a career out of quite a few.

15 Types Of Photographers

Join me as I take a look at 30 types of photographers.

1.) Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photographer

I might be a little biased towards wedding photography since it is my main specialty, but I absolutely adore it. A wedding photographer is responsible for taking photos of a wedding, and it encompasses a wide range of types of photography such as portrait photography, fashion photography, and landscape photography.

2.) Fashion Photographer

Fashion Photographer

Being a fashion photographer is considered to be one of the most creative jobs. At times the job might be long and tedious, but when you’re able to take that one perfect shot it makes all the hard work worth it.

Fashion photography is usually done in a studio environment, and it involves taking photos of models wearing clothes made by specific designers or brands.

3.) Wildlife Photographer

Wildlife Photographer

Wildlife photography is not something you’ll hear discussed often. However, I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen the numerous wildlife photos that go viral on the internet every single day. This job requires a lot of travel and patience. But it’s big, exciting, and rewarding for those who are able to do it successfully.

Being a wildlife photographer involves taking photos of animals, and some wildlife photographers stick to taking photos of one specific animal, like birds.

4.) Landscape Photographer

Landscape Photographer

My 2nd favorite type of photography is landscape photography. Being a landscape photographer involves traveling to places close and far to capture the environment or objects within a specific setting.

When I first started with photography I would take a drive to the beach at the end of the day to take a photo of the sunset. I still do it today and it is such a great feeling to capture that beautiful moment when mother nature shows off.

5.) Sports Photographer

Sports Photographer

We’ve all seen them on the side of the field capturing our favorite sports stars.

As a sports photographer, you are tasked with the job of taking photos of a specific sports event. You will often make use of a telephoto or zoom lens which allows you to take close-ups of the events unfolding on the field.

6.) Macro Photographer

Macro Photographer

Macro photography is a type of photography that allows the photographer to take close-up photos of small objects. The main ingredients for macro photography are patience and persistence.

Macro photographers make use of a macro lens which allows them to take photos of small objects in detail. They spend countless hours trying to get a single shot. And when you do take a photo with incredible clarity, it makes it all worthwhile.

7.) Baby or Newborn Photographer

Newborn Photographer

This type of photography is quite popular and it has become a bit more mainstream in recent years.

Baby and newborn photography involve taking photos of newborn babies, and it can be a very tricky job because you have to do so while taking the baby’s unique characteristics into consideration all while having to deal with their unpredictable behavior.

8.) Portrait Photographer

Portrait Photographer

I just love taking photos of people, and this is exactly what a portrait photographer does. A portrait photographer is responsible for taking photos of individuals or groups of people in a studio or outdoor environment. These types of photographs are usually intended for the individual and/or their family.

9.) Street Photographer

Street Photographer

A street photographer is someone who takes photos of people within the context of everyday life. They like to capture images without any assistance and they prefer candid moments over staged moments.

10.) Photojournalist

Photojournalist

If you’ve ever seen a photo gallery from a major news organization, there’s a good chance that they have employed the services of a photojournalist. A photojournalist captures events as it happens in real-time.

The job involves taking photos of specific events for news agencies and newspapers, and it requires very quick reflexes because these events are unpredictable.

11.) Food Photographer

Food Photographer

This type of photography has become quite popular in the last few years. Food photographers create photos that are meant to convey appetizing aromas, colors, textures, and tastes.

There is a certain art to being able to capture the beauty of food, and this type of photography also involves expert knowledge in lighting and styling.

12.) Architectural Photographer

Architectural Photographer

The architectural photographer is responsible for taking photos of buildings or areas for real estate agencies.

This type of photography requires patience, and it involves treating the subject as if it were an artist’s rendition. It’s about catching all the details in order to present the property in its best light without expending any alterations.

13.) Commercial Photographer

Commercial Photographer

A commercial photographer takes photos that are intended for advertisers or businesses. This means they’ll be taking product shots, portraits of employees, and other types of images that are used for marketing purposes.

14.) Travel Photographer

Travel Photographer

I have to admit, I love taking photos of exotic locations. Travel photography involves photographing places and people that are not your typical tourist attractions and a lot of people would be surprised at the types of places you can find.

As a travel photographer, you’re tasked with taking photos that make it so the viewer can get an overall feel for the place but also give a glimpse into what life is like within that specific country.

15.) Astrophotographer

Astrophotographer

Astrophotography is similar to landscape photography, but it involves taking photos of the night sky.

The main difference between the two is that astrophotography involves taking photos without any light pollution such as towns or cities in order to capture the stars and other celestial objects. This type of photography requires an expert understanding of astronomy, and it’s actually quite tricky when you don’t have access to a completely dark environment.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are various kinds of photographers, each specializing in a specific type of photography.

What you choose to focus on is entirely up to you. I encourage you to keep learning and to expand your horizons because learning new things always helps your photography develop.

Until next time, stay inspired.