Photographers take pictures of people, places, products and events. They may work for companies or individual clients, or create and sell their own images.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements.
You'll usually need experience and a qualification in photography, though many photographers are self-taught.
You could start as a photographer's assistant and work your way up.
2. Skills required
- organisational and time-management skills
- IT skills
- marketing skills
3. What you'll do
You'll usually specialise in an area like corporate, fashion or portrait photography.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- discussing the project with the client
- preparing the location for the photo session
- choosing the right equipment
- setting up lighting
- composing and taking photos
- checking image quality
- editing images
- processing and printing photos
- marketing and running your business
Starter: £14,000 to £18,000 (assistant)
Experienced: £19,000 to £35,000
Highly Experienced: £50,000
Freelance photographers are paid per job. Rates can vary depending on experience, reputation and the type of assignment.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
Your hours and place of work will vary. You may need to work evenings and weekends in a studio or on location.
The job can be physically demanding.
6. Career path and progression
Most photographers are freelance. You could also get a permanent job with an advertising or PR agency, a newspaper, a hospital or the police.
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Last updated: 22 December 2016