Specialising in Photography


Is it important to specialise in one area or genre of photography?

Answer by: Tejal Pandey, Photographer

The image falls into two or more genres at once, such as travel, documentary, and a ‘portrait’ of the city. Photograph/Tejal Pandey

No, I think that it is absolutely unnecessary, especially when you are just starting out in the profession. Just like in any other field or interest, you need to come to photography with an open mind and heart, and let your experience guide you. Photography is also about one’s perception, understanding and sensation, or a feeling that is derived from what one interacts with or sees. A photograph then, often becomes a medium through which the maker shares this vision with his/her viewer.

Specialisations work at perhaps a later stage, when you are sure of what kind of work you are drawn to, and what you enjoy immensely. I personally also relate specialisation, especially in a professional/work environment, to honing your technical skills, and a deeper understanding of the genre you are focusing on.

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Better Photography.