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Photographers

Also called: Commercial Photographer, Photographer, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer

What they do:
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.
On the job, you would:
  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
  • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
  • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Cradoc fotoBiz
  • Microsoft Access
Accounting software
  • Blinkbid
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$29,280
per year, on average
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