Photographer Kaitango Whakaahua
Photographers take photographs of people, places, products or events.
Photographers may do some or all of the following:
- use digital camera and lighting equipment
- work out ideas for photo shoots
- arrange cameras, lights, locations, props and models
- digitally process and edit photos for print or web
- manage and market their own businesses
- plan, produce and edit video footage.
Useful experience for photographers includes:
- amateur photography, including darkroom experience
- art experience
- experience with photography editing software.
Photographers need to be:
- good communicators and able to make people feel relaxed and at ease
- patient and organised
- able to work well under pressure
- accurate, with an eye for detail
- confident and motivated
- creative and artistic
- practical and technically skilled
- good at solving problems
- good at networking to establish a customer base.
Photographers need to have knowledge of:
- cameras, flashes, lenses and computers
- how to control light and achieve different photographic effects
- how to process digital images and use software such as Photoshop and Lightroom
- latest photographic methods, equipment and trends.
Self-employed photographers also need small business and marketing skills, and an understanding of relevant legislation.
- usually work regular business hours, and may work long, irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
- work in studios, offices and outdoors in various locations
- travel locally, nationally or internationally to photograph locations.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a photographer, but useful subjects include visual arts, art history, digital technologies and design and visual communication..
Photographers may progress to set up their own photography business, or move between different areas of photography with further training.
Photographers may specialise in a particular area of photography, such as:
- advertising, food, fashion and editorial
- artistic – producing photographic artworks
- corporate and commercial
- press, sports photography and photojournalism
- medical photography
- social, including weddings and portraits
- stills photography in the film industry
- photographic styling
- photographic retouching.
Years Of Training
There are no specific entry requirements to become a photographer as you gain skills on the job. However,
a relevant tertiary qualification such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts may be useful.
Some employers prefer to train new photographers themselves. They may also support them to work towards a photography qualification.