As a person who is looking to turn a photography hobby into a career, you could be mistaken that sticking to one genre of photography could be a good idea. If you look at my portfolio you’ll be able to see that there are images that cover more than an area of photography. So let’s discuss why I like to take images of more than one genre of photography.
I enjoy the process of learning.
The thought I learning something new can be quite intimidating to some, I have always been a person that likes to learn new tasks, and try new things. Trying a different genre can add skills to current genre’s. An example of this can be that you can use your portrait skills to take environmental or urban portraits. One skill can be used for another.
You have to be in it to win it.
My niche is Landscape Photography with a bit of urban and street photography mixed in, this is what gets me excited to get out and shoot images. How can you know what you’re photography niche without trying that niche? It’s important to try something at least once so you can give it the yay or nay to something you want to do for the rest of your career.
Doing what I enjoy?
I’ll be honest that I would get very bored if I did the same thing over and over. It’s great to go out and shoot the same images, but it’ll get to the point where you will be able to take an image without thinking, and frankly, that’s where I lose my creativity. It’s great for learning to repeat a step, but once you feel comfortable, go and try something new.
So in conclusion, photography for me is more that the end result of the image, its the enjoyment of the process learning a new skill or just being out in the fresh air on that landscape shoot. Don’t forget to experiment and ultimately have fun!