How to become a photographer

Capture images of people and moments on film or digital, either as an art form or for commercial clients.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete a photography course. Choose from undergraduate degrees, vocational certificates, mentorships and private courses.
  2. Create and maintain a portfolio. This is your opportunity to showcase your skills, creativity and abilities. You will need a printed and digital portfolio whenever applying for work.
  3. Promote yourself. Photography is competitive, so don't be backward in coming forward. Show off your style on social media; network with like-minded people, and reach potential clients by developing your own website to showcase your work.

What does a photographer do?

Being a photographer is about much more than snapping pictures. Some photographers freelance for magazines and newspapers, or they’re employed full-time with these companies. Others run their own studios. Photographers may specialise in certain types of photography such as photojournalism, commercial photography, or weddings.

Duties and tasks

  • Capture and process images.
  • Communicate with clients to truly understand their needs.
  • Create final digital files or print images.
  • Network and advertise to find new clients.
  • Perform administrative jobs such as billing when necessary.
  • Prep areas for photo shoots, disassemble these areas when finished.

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Available majors

  • Level 1 Major - Fine Art
  • Level 1 Major - Visual Culture
  • Level 2 Major - Fine Art
  • Level 2 Major - Visual Culture
  • Level 3 Major - Fine Art
  • Level 3 Major - Visual Culture

Undergraduate USA-BDM-DEG

Bachelor of Digital Media

Undergraduate TAS-CAH-DIP

Diploma of Creative Arts and Health

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