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.
Still Photographer / On-Set Photographer
Study pathways for photographers
There are a number of study pathways available for the budding photographer. Choosing a specialisation will help tailor your study options and get you started on the right path.
Choose a course that will develop your skills with a camera
Elect to study courses specific to your interests in photography
Learn how to operate a wide range of photography equipment
A portfolio of work is usually required to accompany any accreditation or work experience history you provide to a potential employer.
Getting a job after graduation
Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your photography career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.
Job Prospects and Salaries
Your career prospects and salary are highly dependent on your chosen specialisation and the demand within your particular industry.