What does a photographer do?
With their knowledge of cameras, lenses and camera accessories, photographers take still images for a variety of commercial and artistic purposes. Some types of photography, such as editorial and commercial, require elaborate lighting set ups and crew members, while others, such as photojournalism and sports photography, require more spontaneous work. Some daily duties may include: liaising with client and discussing briefs, hiring studios, setting up lights, selecting specific lenses and camera bodies, equipment hire, gear pick up and drop off, touching up photos, printing or uploading finished photographs and organising exhibitions.
- Selecting appropriate camera gear
- Setting up studio and location lights
- Cleaning and changing lenses
- Operating camera equipment
- Providing creative advice
What skills do I need to be a photographer?
The difference between a good photo and a satisfactory one can come down to a seemingly tiny detail. Considering the camera placement, camera angle, type of lighting, framing and distance from a subject, a photographer must have a superb eye for detail, assessing the image field and selecting the right type of equipment. Photographers must have a love for the creative process and the ability to work both independently and with others.
- Attention to detail
- Awareness of lighting and surroundings
- Great spatial awareness
- Ability to think creatively in the moment
- Ability to work independently and in a team
The skills of a photographer are sought by a number of different industries and for a number of different purposes. Choosing your specialisation will allow you to apply your skills to a form of photography you really love.