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Photographer

Use creative talent and technical knowledge to photograph people, landscapes, products or other subjects.

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.

Photographer

Tasks and duties

  • Working with clients to determine the vision and angle for the photo shoot.
  • Setting up and shooting photos in a studio or capturing photographs on location.
  • Selecting and assembling equipment and required background properties, according to subjects, materials, and conditions.
  • Choosing the correct equipment and settings for each subject.
  • Using traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments to take photographs.
  • Adjusting apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
  • Reviewing and digitally enhancing photographs using digital photo-editing software.
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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.

What can I earn as a Photographer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Photographer is between $45k and $55k
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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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Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

Gain skills and knowledge to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging as a professional with this qualification.

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Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

Develop technical skills in photo imaging including lighting, image capture, enhancements and manipulation with this certificate.

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How do Photographers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 43 Photographers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.5
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
4.1

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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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Oct 2018
Photographer is a competitive job but if you have a creative eye for it - you will be successful
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Arts
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Food photographer
The good things
Always working with different type of people. No day is the same .
The challenges
When your equipment let you down or the model/object isn’t what you were expecting - you will need to be creative !
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Working hours for Photographers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Photographers?

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