• Some photographers specialize in
one of several areas .
• Portrait photographers pose their
subjects, they work in their own
studios or travel to events.
• Commercial photographers take
pictures of products or scenery &
their photos are usually used for
ads & other sales purposes.
• Industrial photographers take
photos of equipment, products, &
• News photographers record
people, places, and events in the
• Fine arts photographers sell their
photos as artwork.
• Focus camera and adjust settings for light,
subject, distance, and film speed.
• Shoot photos with traditional or digital
• Develop film and print photos.
• Review photos to select the best work.
• Test equipment before use to make sure it is
• May use special equipment such as electron
microscopes to photograph microscopic items.
• Research and develop new photographic
techniques and materials.
• Direct the activities of workers helping with
Use scanners to digitize photos for computer
May purchase supplies, keep records, and bill
clients, if self-employed.
• Think creatively.
• Identify objects, actions, & events.
• Inspect equipment, structures, or
• Teach others.
• Convince others to buy goods or
change their minds or actions.
• Perform activities that use the
• Make decisions and solve
• Use computers.
• Coach others.
• Communicate with supervisors,
peers, or subordinates.
• Work with the public.
• Interpersonal Relationships.
• Work Performance
• Have a very high level of social
contact. Many photographers work• Make sure that all details are done
directly with clients or subjects. & their work is exact.
• Communicate on a daily basis by • Must work with the speed of
telephone. They also write e-mails equipment, such as flashes and
and speak with others through shutter speeds.
face-to-face discussions, but less
• Repeat the same mental and
• Are responsible for the work done
• Set some of their daily tasks and
• Often work with a team of
• Must meet weekly deadlines.
• May work part time or full time.
• May work long hours, or on short
• May travel to take photos.
• May travel overnight on assignments.
• May travel to distant places for long
periods of time. This is more often true
of news and commercial
• It is important for photographers to be able
• Physical Work Conditions to:
• See details of objects whether they are nearby or far
• Work indoors or outdoors, but work away.
more indoors. • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand
steady while moving the arm.
• See differences between colors, shades, and
• Work physically near their subjects. brightness.
• Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
• Determine the distance between objects.
• React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
• Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep
pace with speed changes of moving objects.
• See objects in very bright or very low light.
• Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and
• While looking forward, see objects or movements that
are off to the side.
• Use fingers or hands to grasp, move, or assemble sma
• Choose quickly and correctly among various
movements when responding to different signals.
• Work with Things
• Determine the tools and
equipment needed to do a job.
• Maintain equipment on a routine
basis. Determine when and what
kind of maintenance is needed.
• Test and inspect products,
services, or processes. Evaluate
quality or performance.
• Watch gauges, dials, and output
to make sure a machine is
• Communicate working properly.
• Listen to others, understand, and ask • Determine the causes of technical
questions. problems and find solutions for
• Express ideas clearly when speaking them.
• Read and understand work-related
• Photographers need knowledge
• Fine Arts: Knowledge of the
methods and concepts needed to
create or perform works of art.
Areas of knowledge may include
music, dance, visual arts, drama,
• Customer and Personal Service:
Knowledge of providing special
services to customers based on
• Sales and Marketing: Knowledge
of advertising and selling products
• English Language: Knowledge of
the meaning, spelling, and use of
the English language.
• Photographer must
have: • Art History
• have a high school diploma or • Drawing and Painting
GED; • Film and Videotape
• have technical photography
skills; • Photography
• be able to work well with
• be creative; and
• have talent.
• Introduction to Business
• Employers usually seek
applicants with a "good eye."
They also look for good
technical knowledge of
photography. Many employers
prefer applicants with college
training and some experience.
In addition, experience with
computer programs to alter
photo images will be
United States Yearly
• Major employers: • Outlook:
• Photographic portrait studios The outlook for photographers
• Newspapers and magazines varies by employer. The
number of jobs in the
newspaper and magazine
industry will drop. In contrast,
the demand for portrait
photographers is increasing as
the population grows.
Additional job growth will be
with news and wire services.
Photographers will be needed
to use digital equipment to
transmit digital images.
• IM interested digital photography
and just being a photographer in
general. And working on pictures
on the computer.
• Photographers may start out
as assistants to experienced
learn to develop film and print
photos. They also learn the
skills necessary to run a
portrait or commercial
business. After years of
photographers may advance to
editor positions. Some
teachers at technical schools
or universities. Others open
their own businesses.
• I think that being a
photographer would be a great
career for me because I’m a
very creative person. Even after
looking at all of the information I
have learned so much more
about what I want to do. I have
learned that you need to take
spastic classes. You also need
to be talented in what you are
doing especially with
photography. I really like how
everything works with this and
I’m hopping to make this my
career in the future.