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Job Description

Photographers create visual images for a diverse range of purposes.  This could be for websites, weddings, magazines, newspapers, advertising, and social photography to name but a few.

You may find it easier to first take pictures across a range of subjects or specialisms to broaden the range of your work.  Once you are more experienced and well known, you may want to combine photography with some of your other interests in order specialise in a certain subjects - sport or wildlife for example.

Photographers are often self employed, so earnings can vary greatly depending on the projects and work you get involved in, together with how well your market yourself and develop your portfolio.

You could start as a photographer's assistant and work your way up and you may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required, though certification in art and design, photography, graphics, media studies or another related subject would be an advantage.

You need a keen interest in photography and determination and perseverance to get your foot in the door. Keep a portfolio of all of your work to show prospective employers and consider taking voluntary or nominal fee work to build your experience and reputation while you are developing your skills. 

Required Skills

  • creativity
  • an eye for a good picture
  • attention to detail
  • patience
  • ability to work on your own imitative
  • organisational skills
  • excellent technical skills with respect to photography and camera technolgies

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £50,000

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