Photographers

Photographers job description

Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.

Photographers who work for commercial clients often present photographs in a digital format to the client. Wedding and portrait photographers, who serve primarily noncommercial clients, also may provide framing services and present the photographs they capture in albums.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

# Market or advertise services to attract clients
# and plan the composition of photographs
# Use various photographic techniques and lighting equipment
# Capture subjects in professional-quality photographs
# Enhance the subject’s appearance with natural or artificial light
# Use photo-enhancing software
# Maintain a digital portfolio to demonstrate their work
# Archive and manage imagery

 

Work Environment

Working conditions for photographers vary by specialty. Photographers may work indoors or outdoors.

Portrait photographers may work in studios, but they also travel to take photographs at a client’s location, such as a school or a home.

News photographers may travel locally or internationally and must be prepared to work in uncomfortable or even dangerous surroundings. For example, a news photographer may be sent to a war zone to capture images. News photographers often work irregular schedules and must be available on short notice.

Aerial photographers work in planes or helicopters to capture a scene, event, or location from an overhead perspective.

Most photographers stand or walk for long periods. They may need to carry heavy equipment.

Work Schedules
Some photographers work part time. Hours often are flexible so that photographers can meet with current and potential clients or visit the sites where they will work. For certain types of photographers, workloads may fluctuate with the season.

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