What does a Photographer do?
A photographer works closely with clients to capture photos of people, places and things through the use of creativity and technical abilities in photographic equipment and photo manipulation software. To ensure that desired results are obtained, photographers have to communicate effectively with clients regarding expectations to meet standards and deadlines of projects. Other duties include recommending creative ideas and solutions to achieve desired results and maintaining a professional image.
Although a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational requirements to be a photographer, industry leaders express a preference for associate's or bachelor's degree holders. Good candidates often possess natural artistic flair backed by detailed knowledge and understanding of photography art and lighting science. Excellent communication skills are also required as photographers typically interact with clients to understand their desired outcomes. Most photographers are required to stand for long hours at a time and the job often demands flexibility to travel to locations for shoots.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a photographer
When working as a photographer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, DSLR, Editing, Adobe Photoshop and Jacket.
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The most common qualifications to become a photographer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.