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With today's economy, getting into any field is challenging regardless if you have a college degree or not. In just the span of five years, the job market's been flooded with employees with a lot of the same skill sets. This makes finding a creative career a challenge. So, how can one break into the Photography Industry? Whether you're an amateur or have just graduated from high school or college/university, here are some key ideas on how to get started working as a Photographer and hopefully continuing on to steady work.
 

The Telegraph newspaper in the UK holds a weekly photography competition where it encourages people to submit their favourite snaps to win a £300 Nikon digital camera.

This seems to be a long standing competition considering they're currently on week 242, that's a lot of cameras which have been won!


 
Canon have come up with a great walkthrough on exposure settings in their photography guide. They also have this great little application which allows you to adjust a specific shot and immediately see what the results would be so you can gain a better understanding of how different exposure settings work.
 
To be able to photograph the Northern Lights, a bit of planning is required. In fact, the Northern Lights are only visible in the "Auroral Oval" at high latitudes around the Polar Circles, and where there is no light pollution, far from the big cities. Some well known areas for photographing the Northern Lights include Lapland and the north of Scandinavia, Alaska and Iceland. It's more difficult to find a good spot in the Southern hemisphere around the Antarctic Circle. In the Southern hemisphere the Southern Lights are called the Aurora Australis.
 
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is also known as HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). It is basically a single image created from the combination of a minimum of three different shots of the same scene taken at different exposures: correctly exposed, overexposed and underexposed. The resulting image will have a higher number of bits per colour channel compared to normal photos.
 

Forrest Tanaka has produced an excellent video about astrophotography. So if this is an area of photography you'd like to learn more about, it's a great idea to go through his videos first.

This is the first video in a series which covers telescopes particularly suitable ones to go for. so I'm guessing Forrest will be adding a number of further videos which cover the other aspects of astrophotography.


 
Well, if you fancy having a good look at what's going on on Mars you can't go wrong by checking out Andrew Bodrov's panoramic photo. It's the result of stitching together 295 individual photographs from 2 separate cameras. A truly impressive accomplishment.