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Photographers

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

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What they do:
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific 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 according to 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 Hot Technology
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
Video creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects Hot Technology

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
$36,280
$20,630
$79,440
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