Career outlook for photographer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use your artistic and technical skills to take still photographs at special events or to be used in magazines, books or adverts.
You would normally specialise in one area of photography, such as:
- General or social, like weddings and portraits
- Advertising and editorial, for adverts, magazines and photo libraries
- Press and photojournalism, for newspapers and other news publications
- Fashion - photographing models and clothing for magazines and catalogues
- Corporate, producing promotional material for industrial and commercial companies
- Scientific or medical, recording scientific research, or medical conditions and treatments
You’d use your creativity to visualise and compose the images. People might be nervous so you’d help them to relax so they look good in the photos.
What ever type of photography you do, you would:
- Discuss the project with your client, or get instructions from them (known as a brief)
- Choose locations and get them ready for the photography session (the shoot)
- Select the right cameras, film and accessories
- Set up lighting and equipment
- Compose and take the photos
- Check the quality of the images
- Retouch images by hand or with digital software such as Photoshop
- Process and print photos
If you are self employed you would need to promote and run your business.
In some cases you might employ an assistant to help a shoot run smoothly. Assistants set up equipment, prepare sets and props, look after clients, keep records and help with printing and administration.
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