Photography jobs are all over the map in terms of what they involve, but the one aspect that is certain is that being a photographer is about much more than snapping pictures. Some photographers freelance for magazines, newspapers or are employed full-time with these companies, while others run their own studios. Photographers may specialise in certain types of photography such as photojournalism, commercial photography, children, or weddings.

Duties and tasks

  • Capture and process images
  • Communicate with clients to truly understand their needs/desires
  • 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

Skills required

  • Artistic vision- clients want a photographer with a unique style and perspective
  • Excellent business skills are necessary to own/market a successful photography business or do freelance photography
  • Excellent communication skills to communicate with clients or attract new clients as a freelance photographer
  • No formal education is necessary
  • Technical skills, including digital photography technology

Working conditions

Working conditions for photographers truly depend on which route they take in the photography business, whether it be freelance, salaried, or owning their own businesses. Often, however, in all of these fields, photographers must have the patience to deal with difficult/choosy clients on occasion. Photographers often work odd, scattered hours, as a sunny day can be a great opportunity for a shoot, but a downpour can ruin one entirely.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Professional Photography 

Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance 

The Creative Industry Skills Council 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Fashion Photographer
  • Photographic Artist
  • Photographic Processor
  • Picture Framer
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Technical Photographer
  • Visual Arts Painter

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