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Photographer Job Description

A photographer is someone whose job is to take photographs of people, animal, places, objects or events. Photographers use cameras to produce still images of people, places or things, capturing moments and preserving memories. They may specialize in capturing a particular type of image, such as portraits, weddings, sports, or underwater images.

A photographer should be well organized, creative, ambitious, detail-oriented and approachable, and have the ability to make people feel relaxed and at ease. They should have good technical understanding of photography and a steady hand. They should also have networking skills and strong business acumen to promote and market their services,if they are self employed.

Pursue a career in photography if you are friendly and creative, and enjoy taking photographs.

What does a Photographer do?

Photographers may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Photographer work?

Most photographers are self employed, but many others work for:

Working Conditions

Photographers may work long or irregular hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays, as their working time depends on when their clients require their services. They work in offices, studios and darkrooms, but may also travel to photo-shoot locations.

What is Required to Become a Photographer?

There are no formal requirements to become a photographer, but employers will require you to have a good work portfolio. You can gain skills and experience by assisting a professional photographer.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Photographers need to have:


Alternative Careers

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