Photographer

Operates a still camera to take photographs. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.
Training time 12 months - 2 years
Average pay $41,926
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 3,500

What does a Photographer do?

  • consulting with clients to determine objectives of photographic assignments
  • studying requirements of assignment and selecting type of camera, film, filter and lighting
  • working from a studio, and transporting and setting up equipment at assigned locations
  • measuring light levels and determining exposure
  • adjusting camera angles, aperture settings and subjects to achieve desired composition
  • adjusting lighting and filters to accentuate highlights and colours
  • mixing photographic chemicals, processing film and developing prints
  • manipulating images using digital imaging techniques and creative darkroom techniques such as adjusting exposure and development times

Specialisations

  • Fashion Photographer
  • Landscape Photographer
  • News Photographer
  • Photographic Artist
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Technical Photographer

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
TAFE
Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
TAFE
Advanced Diploma of Photography