|What does a photographer do?
Photographers take pictures of people, places, or things. They
want us to get a special feeling when we see their pictures. They
take pictures to sell products, entertain people, report the news,
or bring back memories.
Photographers know how to choose the right tools to give them
the best picture. They use different things such as lights, lenses,
and film to create a picture. New digital technology is being
used more and more by photographers. A lot of them use computers
to finish their work.
Have you ever had a photographer at your school? Most photographers
take pictures of certain things. Some photographers take pictures
only at schools or weddings. Others take pictures of only cars,
clothes, buildings, or animals. Other photographers take pictures
for your textbooks.
Some photographers work 40 hours a week. Others work longer hours
and at different times during the day or night. News photographers
must be ready to work when they get a call from their offices.
Photographers who work for themselves have a lot of freedom.
They can choose the type of pictures that they want to take. They
can make their own schedules. However, they may not always have
a job to do. They must find people who want pictures. This can
Some photographers work in their own studios and sometimes they
travel. Others travel near and some travel far away and stay for
a long time. They might work in harsh or dangerous areas. Sometimes,
photographers and camera operators wait a long time to take a
picture. They wait in all kinds of weather for an event to take
place. They have to stand or walk for a long time. They also have
to carry heavy equipment.
Photographers often have to get their work done quickly. They
have to meet deadlines and please their clients.
|How do you get ready to be a photographer?
Most employers seek persons who really understand photography.
They need workers who can dream up new ideas. They look for workers
who are creative. Some employers need persons who have a college
degree in photography. Other courses such as those relating to
science are helpful.
Persons interested in photography should read newsletters and
magazines that have information about photography. They should
join camera clubs. They should try to work in camera stores or
photo studios. Also, they should decide what they like to photograph.
Do they like to take pictures of people or events? Do they like
to take pictures or videos? Summer or part-time work with a photographer
is a good way to learn about this field.
|How much does a photographer make?
The middle half of all photographers made between $17,740 and
$34,910 in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent made less than $14,640.
The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $49,920.
Photographers held about 130,000 jobs in 2002. Most of them worked
in and around large cities. More than 1 out of 2 were self-employed,
a much higher proportion than the average for all occupations.
Most photographers who work for someone else worked in a photography
studio. Others worked for newspapers and magazines. Some worked
for government, advertising agencies, or television broadcasters.
Photography is a highly competitive field. This is because there
are more people who want to be photographers than there is employment
to support them. Only the most skilled, those with the best business
ability, and those who have the best reputations are able to find
jobs or attract enough work to support themselves.
Employment of photographers is expected to increase about as
fast as the average for all occupations through 2012. More portrait
photographers will be needed as the population grows. And, as
the number of electronic versions of magazines, journals, and
newspapers grows on the Internet, photographers will be needed
to provide digital images.
|Are there other jobs like this?
- Photo editors
- Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and
|Where can you find more information?
More information about photographers can be found in the Careers
Occupational Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau
of Labor Statistics