Career outlook for photographer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
In this job you'd use your artistic and technical skills to take still photographs. You'd work with camera equipment and technology such as photo editing software.
There are different areas that you could specialise in, such as:
- social events or family, for example weddings or newborn portraits
- advertising and editorial, for adverts, magazines and photo libraries
- press and photojournalism, for news publications
- fashion, for magazines and catalogues
- corporate, producing promotional material for companies
- scientific or medical, recording research or medical conditions and treatments
You might also specialise in a specific technique. For example, 360-degree photography. This is where you take and edit images that present a 360-degree panoramic view. You could be showing off a street view or leading people on virtual tours through buildings with your images.
People might be nervous in front of a camera. Having social skills to chat to them and help them relax would be another part of your job.
Whatever type of photography you do, you'd:
- discuss the project with your client and get instructions (known as a brief)
- choose locations and prepare them for the session (the shoot)
- select the right cameras, film and accessories
- set up lighting and equipment
- compose and take photos
- check the quality of images
- retouch images by hand or with digital software such as Photoshop
- process and print photos
If you are self employed you'd need to promote and run your business. In some cases you might hire an assistant to help with the different tasks you'd carry out at a shoot.
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- Verbal communication
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- Developing a plan
- Time management
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