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          Helping you find a career in the photography industry

          As a photographer you can work anywhere. There are many areas within photography to work in. You could be snapping special moments like weddings or birthdays, or taking cover shots for a magazine.

          Photographers are either freelance or work in a studio. If If you work in a studio, equipment is likely to be provided. If you're a freelancer, you'll need to have your own equipment.

          Working in photography usually provides flexibility but the income can be unstable. You'll be paid hourly, or by the project, very few photographers have a salary.

          Photography can involve working unsociable hours, traveling between locations is highly likely (unless you work in a studio).

          Although self expression is a key part of photography, you'll also have to work to a client brief. You'll need to follow direction but also put your own creative spin on an idea,

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          Which skills are needed for a career in photography?

          Photographers must have a keen eye for detail. They must also have the technical knowledge to take a series of photographs with the right equipment and settings. Many photographers also develop their photo editing skills to polish their work.

          If you're a freelance photographer, you'll tend to work with clients to deliver to their briefs. Therefore, you'll need to have good communication skills and be able to build up a rapport with clients. Your reputation can spread quickly, so client satisfaction is very important.

          You should also keep up to date with industry developments and new technologies as they could lead to new opportunities for your work both creatively and commercially.

          What graduate career routes are available in photography?

          The career path you take in photography will purely depend upon your career goals.

          For example, if you want to own your own photography studio, it's helpful to start out as an assistant and slowly take on more experience before progressing to a senior photographer. After you gaining experience, you can open your own studio.

          If you'd like to be a freelance photographer, you can start by building an online following on platforms like Instagram. You can also build connections with the local press or community groups.

          As you progress in your career, you may specialise in a specific kind of photography, for example weddings, animals, forensic or even underwater photography.

          How can I get into the photography industry?

          Get snapping! Take photos of things that inspire you.

          Create your own website to show off your portfolio, it'll helpful when pitching yourself to clients. You can also try joining a freelancer network to build some contacts and a client base.

          How much can graduates earn in photography?

          A starter salary for an assistant photographer is between £14,000-£18,000.

          A photographer with a lot of experience who has progressed to a senior creative manager can earn £50,000.

          What qualifications do I need for a career in photography?

          You don't need any formal qualifications to be a photographer, the best way to develop is to practice wherever you can and build up your professional portfolio.

          There are many photography degrees available, which can be a great structured way to learn about the art and explore different styles of photography. Other subjects that could help you at A-level are art, media studies and design technology.

          If you are a graduate who did not study photography (or a creative degree at all), you could consider doing a part-time or online courses in photography and photo editing to help fill in any technical gaps.

          The most important things to have are a practical knowledge of your camera and a good creative eye.

          Where can I find out more about the photography industry?

          Creative Skillset

          BIPP - British Institute of Professional Photography

          The Master Photographers Association

          The Royal Photographic Society

          British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies

          Editorial Photographers UK & Ireland

          The Association of Photographers

          The Guild of Wedding Photographers