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Photographer Job Description

You may feel most comfortable planted firmly behind a camera lens, but does that really mean that photography is the ideal profession for you? A professional photographer's duties extend above and beyond the photography itself, though the pictures they capture are undoubtedly this career's biggest draw. Depending on your interests, skills, and chosen path, your slice of the market can make your day-to-day work far different from another photographer's.

The many types of photography jobs include:

  • Portrait photography: use your abilities to bring out the best in your subjects, from wedding couples to schoolchildren

  • Advertising photography: from burgers to backpacks, make use of your abilities of composition, lighting, and dramatic flair to turn whatever you're snapping a picture of into something the viewers wants and needs

  • Fashion photography: capture the style and sensibilities of clothing, from runway shows to magazine photoshoots

  • Fine art photography: translate your vision and your unique take on the world through photographs that can be of literally anything and everything

  • Editorial photography and photojournalism: get your photos to tell a story, oftentimes by combining them with an article. Both images and words will need to integrate seamlessly together into one narrative thread

  • Documentary photography: uses images to tell a full story, relying even more on the progression of photographs themselves and less on words

  • Wildlife photography: guaranteed to take you beyond the scope of the average photographer, you'll be capturing the strange, the beautiful, and the exotic in nature.

  • Landscape photography: if you've ever flipped through a travel magazine, then you know that landscape photographers have a strong influence over the way we perceive places, both new and old

  • Technical photography and forensic photography: precise, detailed images are a must in documenting delicate subjects such as surgeries and crime scenes

As you can see, the possibilities are far-ranging for anyone with a passion to represent the world through photography. While not applicable to each and every situation, here are some common duties that a professional photographer will find themselves going through:

  • Meeting and negotiating with clients

  • Translating a client's needs and objectives into a successful photograph

  • Setting up a photoshoot, including renting space, hiring models or assistants, and getting equipment

  • Editing, retouching, and processing photographs

  • Processing and printing photographs

  • Staying up-to-date on the latest camera, imaging, and photoediting technologies

  • Advertising, promoting, and networking to constantly attract new clients

Once you steer away from categorizing photographers by what they specialize in, you'll see that there are two general types: freelancers and those who work in a larger photography company. Most recent photography school graduates choose to take the latter route, and this choice does in fact hold a certain security. With an established company, your job will consist of more photography and less administrative work, which will typically be handled by someone else. In addition, working within a successful photography firm will give you the chance to learn from more experienced photographers. By watching the way your seniors handle their assignments or how your boss juggles finances and talks to potential customers, you can observe a great deal about the inner workings of the industry. As you collaborate with other photographers and discuss projects with clients, you'll also be building valuable connections that help secure your reputation in the field.

So it's not surprising that many photographers choose to either go freelance or open up their own photography firm only after a few years of experience in another company. It's a risky step to start off independently without established contacts in the photography industry, though some manage to make it through a combination of luck, talent, and charisma. Working freelance makes a photographer's schedule more flexible, and assignments can be chosen at will. However, a larger proportion of time will be spent taking care of small tasks such as equipment maintenance, client calls, and travel management. The administrative work is even more taxing if you choose to head your own firm and run a team of photographers capable of taking on huge projects.

Wherever your particular photography niche lies, ultimately, it comes down to three things: you, the camera in your hands, and what you want to capture. If you have a passion for this combination and the ability to handle the tasks required of a professional photography, then begin working toward that goal!





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Phoenix College Advertising | Animation | Architecture | Arts Management | Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Phoenix, AZ 12164 City Public
Globe University - La Crosse Advertising Four-year school Onalaska, WI N/A Town/Rural Private
Allen County Community College Performing Arts Two-year school Iola, KS 3124 Town/Rural Public
Seminole State College of Florida Advertising | Architecture | Film, Video, TV | Interior Design Four-year school Sanford, FL 16417 City Public
The College of Saint Scholastica Advertising | Performing Arts Four-year school Duluth, MN 3746 City Private
University of Bridgeport Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design Four-year school Bridgeport, CT 5103 City Private
Citrus College Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects Two-year school Glendora, CA 12895 Suburb Public
Horry - Georgetown Technical College Graphic Design Two-year school Conway, SC 7252 City Public
Western Oregon University Performing Arts Four-year school Monmouth, OR 5649 Town/Rural Public
West Virginia University Advertising | Graphic Design | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts Four-year school Morgantown, WV 28898 City Public
Baker College of Clinton Township Advertising | Interior Design | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Clinton Township, MI 6455 Suburb Private
Technical Education Center - Osceola Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Kissimmee, FL 861 Suburb Public
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Monterey Peninsula College Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Illustration | Interior Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Monterey, CA 9578 Suburb Public
Merced College Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Merced, CA 10446 Town/Rural Public
College of the Ozarks Advertising | Animation | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Point Lookout, MO 1347 Town/Rural Private
North Shore Community College CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Danvers, MA 7968 Suburb Public
Cape Cod Community College Advertising | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Two-year school West Barnstable, MA 4657 City Public
Broadview Entertainment Arts University Advertising | Animation | Game Design | Illustration | Performing Arts | Visual Effects Four-year school Salt Lake City, UT N/A Suburb Private
Bethany Lutheran College Animation | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Mankato, MN 646 Town/Rural Private
Lincoln Land Community College Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Springfield, IL 7677 City Public
Alabama A & M University Audio Production | Film, Video, TV Four-year school Normal, AL 5327 City Public
ITT Technical Institute - Phoenix CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design Four-year school Phoenix, AZ 339 City Private
University of California - San Diego Performing Arts Four-year school La Jolla, CA 28418 City Public
Harrison College - Indianapolis Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising Four-year school Indianapolis, IN 2424 City Private
Sanford - Brown College - Farmington Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Farmington, CT 93 Suburb Private
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Wabash Valley College Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Mount Carmel, IL 4810 Town/Rural Public
Universidad Del Turabo Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Gurabo, PR 16190 Suburb Private
Moberly Area Community College Graphic Design Two-year school Moberly, MO 4952 Town/Rural Public
North Idaho College Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography Two-year school Coeur d'Alene, ID 5659 City Public
Virginia Intermont College Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Bristol, VA 577 City Private
American InterContinental University Animation | Architecture | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Los Angeles, CA 75 City Private
Elizabeth City State University Arts Management | Graphic Design Four-year school Elizabeth City, NC 3264 Town/Rural Public
Gaston College Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV Two-year school Dallas, NC 6507 Town/Rural Public
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Arts Management | Performing Arts Four-year school North Adams, MA 1962 Town/Rural Public
Institute of Production and Recording Arts Management | Audio Production Two-year school Minneapolis, MN 389 City Private
Longy School of Music Performing Arts Four-year school Cambridge, MA 243 City Private
Glendale Community College Advertising | Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Glendale, CA 16781 City Public



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