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Photographer

Use creative talent and technical knowledge to photograph people, landscapes, products or other subjects.
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What's it like to be a Photographer?

A Photographer is a professional artist who uses digital or film cameras to generate artistic or commercial-quality images for a variety of uses.

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As a Photographer you can choose to specialise in a range of different areas such as fashion, food, wildlife, aerial, scientific and underwater photography. You may even choose to become a Photojournalist, where your pictures tell a story or records an event.

Whilst many Photographers are freelancers, some are employed directly by organisations, such as newspapers and magazines. Some Photographers work primarily in photographic studios, such as portrait or product photographers, while others work on location capturing landscapes, real estate or events, such as weddings or sporting competitions.

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How to become a Photographer


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Although a qualification in photography is not essential, you will need training in order to master the technical knowledge required to take commercial quality pictures. Pathways to becoming a Photographer typically involve a mixture of on-the-job experience and education.

  1. Complete a photography course. These range from bachelor degrees, TAFE, vocational and private courses.
  2. Create a portfolio. Your portfolio showcases your creativity and ability and is an essential part of getting work. Your portfolio should be digital – there are a number of websites that will help you create an online portfolio.
  3. Promote yourself. Social media is one of the most powerful ways to promote yourself and there are numerous sites that you can use to show off your photographs and connect with wide audiences and potential clients.

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Latest Photographer reviews

Latest reviews from 59 Photographers surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
photography is your ticket to the world and I still enjoy it today just as much as I did when I started 40 years ago.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Fine Arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
multi-media journalist
The good things
photography and multi-media journalist is a wonderful life for those of a creative bent, It Offers you a chance to be creative , to affect how others see or view a product or situation, it allows you...
The challenges
Sometimes it's the long hours, sometimes it's the long hours travelling to assignments, sometimes it's the waiting for something newsworthy to happen and that's when you treat it like a game, the news...
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May 2021
If you love what you're doing, it doesn't feel like a job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Multimedia Design
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1 – 4 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
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Weddings
The good things
It's a very flexible job. You can earn 150-200k a year working fully for yourself and choose when you want to work. Or you can choose to work less days and earn half of that. Overall the job is very ...
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Some challenges maybe people questioning your credibility and portfolio when you first start. So you need to have thicker skin and do what's necessary to get your foot in the door. Yes that potentiall...
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