Advertising & Arts

Photographer

Photographers use their technical expertise, combined with creativity and composition skills, to capture images or record special events.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Photographer do?

Photographers use their technical expertise, combined with creativity and composition skills, to capture images or record special events.

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Work activities

As a photographer, you would:

  • meet with clients to discuss what they want
  • find shooting locations
  • set up cameras, lights and backdrops as needed
  • compose and take shots
  • using digital software to enhance photos
  • print or send photos to clients
  • market and advertise your services
  • maintain a hardcopy or digital portfolio to show prospective clients
  • generally specialise in one area such as wedding photography, photojournalism, corporate photography or fashion photography.
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Key skills and interests

To become a photographer, you would need:

  • creative flair
  • good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • technical camera skills
  • good IT software skills
  • the ability to put people at ease to be photographed
  • good concentration
  • patience and persistence.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Photographers who work for media organisations or companies such as modelling agencies may work full-time. Most photographers would need to do some weekend and evening work.

Many photographers are self-employed. As a self-employed photographer, you could work hours that suited you and your clients. Many photographers also work part-time, particularly on weekends, at special events such as weddings.

Conditions

You may be based in a studio or from home, but travel to various indoor or outdoor locations. You would take your own equipment with you. You would need a current drivers' licence.

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How to become an Photographer?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to become a photographer. Working as an assistant to a photographer can help to provide the required training and skills to become a photographer.

Your employment prospects may be improved if you have a VET qualification in photography or photo imaging. Applicants may be required to submit a folio of work and/or attend an interview.

You can also become a photographer by completing a degree in photography or photomedia. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent with English. Applicants may be required to submit a folio of work and/or attend an interview. Having use of a suitable camera is necessary for course entry. Entry is highly competitive.

Graduates of certain courses may be qualified for membership of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography or the Institute of Photographic Technology

www.aipp.com.au

www.iptaustralia.com

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of photographers is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Full-time, salaried jobs in particular may be more difficult to find as more companies contract work out to freelancers rather than hire their own photographers.

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