Photographers create permanent visual images. Often working to a client’s brief, they control lighting, tone and perspective in their photography work using a range of photographic equipment, accessories and photography imaging software. Photographers are valued for their technical understanding of the medium of photography as well as their artistic vision.
Key features of photography work include choosing and preparing locations; setting up lighting; selecting appropriate cameras, film and accessories; composing shots; positioning subjects and instructing assistants. After shooting, they may process and print images, or view and manipulate digital images using software such as Photoshop. Most photographers are self-employed, so must also spend time on marketing and other aspects of running a small business.
Photographers usually specialise in one of the following areas:
Skillset’s website has more detailed information about careers in the various photography specialisms and other roles in photo- imaging.
Hours of work vary; they may be long and irregular,
including evenings and weekends. Part-time work may
Photographers work in different environments, depending on their area of specialisation. In advertising and portrait photography, they are often based in a studio. Other types of work can be in any indoor or outdoor location, according to the brief. Some photographers may spend time developing and processing shots in a darkroom, although the increase in digital technology has reduced the need for darkroom work.
Photographers may lift and carry heavy equipment. Taking photographs on location can mean spending periods of time away from home.
To work as a photographer you should:
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80-110 New Oxford Street
British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP)
Fox Talbot House
2 Amwell End
Tel: 01920 464011
The Association of Photographers
81 Leonard Street
Tel: 020 7739 6669
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Latton Bush Centre
Tel: 01279 430009
Institute of Medical Illustrators
48 Onslow Gardens