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          Helping you find a career in the photographer industry

          Photographers have one of the most creative jobs in the world. They usually work to a brief set by the client or employer. There are different types of photographer, specialising in different areas. For example, advertising photographers capture the fluffy McDonald's burger we see on billboards. Fashion photographers are responsible for the Gigi Hadid cover that you probably have saved in your photo album.

          Photographers are employed across several industries, including fashion, art, Instagram and editorial.

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          • FAQs
          What does a Photographer do?

          A photographer's tasks will depend on the industry they work in. For example, a social photographer will need to capture spontaneous moments in weddings or parties, whereas a fashion photographer can retake poses. In general, a typical day for a photographer will be:

          • Preparing for the shoot by carrying out research
          • Arranging props that will help elevate the photograph
          • Using technical equipment such as softbox lighting, lenses and Photoshop
          • Discussing creative needs with clients
          • Preparing proofs for approval
          • Communicating with other professionals such as gallery managers, studio managers, writers and art directors in order to commission work
          • Sharing photographic work on social media in order to attract clients
          • Developing software skills to enhance photographic abilities
          • Creating and maintaining a website to showcase portfolio and sell prints
          Skills & interests required for a Photographer

          You'll need an ability to meet deadlines and maintain a good relationship with clients, as well as a sociable nature, honesty, sensitivity and imagination.

          Other skills include:

          What hours does a Photographer typically do?

          Photographer's working hours can vary depending on the project and seasons. For example, wedding photographers find that they are busier during spring/ summer.

          What environment is a Photographer based in?

          A mixture of studio and client events (e.g. weddings, party venues, client's studios).

          How much does a Photographer travel?

          Travel is expected from the studio to client locations. If you specialise in travel photography (as is the case with many Instagram influencers) then you are sponsored to travel abroad and document your journey.

          How much does a Photographer get paid?

          An assistant photographer just starting out may earn as low as £10,000 per annum.

          A photographer in full-time employment (not freelance) can expect to earn £12,000 to £22,000 per annum as a starting salary.

          However, photographer's salary depends entirely on the individuals' reputation, their client numbers and the amount they charge.

          What qualifications does a Photographer need?

          There are no minimum qualifications needed for this role, but a degree or equivalent qualification can be an advantage. Not only do you learn certain skills that are perhaps very difficult to self-teach, students are offered the opportunity to partake in semester industry placements as part of their course.

          The social side of university or higher education institutes means that students can network and build contacts.

          Further reading

          British Institute of Professional Photography
          Institute of Photography
          The Association of Photographer