By: Emily McCulloch

Daily Activities

Photographers spend time getting themselves ready, then they spend time talking to their prospects and their contacts and scheduling work for the weeks and months to come, they work and clean their camera, they spend time developing and printing photographs or adding to their portfolio.Photographers also spend time taking portraits or shooting landscapes.

Working Conditions

Working conditions for photographers vary considerably. Photographers employed in government and advertising agencies usually work a 5-day, 40-hour week. On the other hand, news photographers often work long, irregular hours and must be available to work on short notice. Many photographers work part time or variable schedules. Portrait photographers usually work in their own studios but also may travel to take photographs at the client’s location, such as a school, a company office, or a private home. News and commercial photographers frequently travel locally, stay overnight on assignments, or travel to distant places for long periods.

Yearly Wages

The yearly wages for a photographer is $28,750.

Preparation and/or training

To be a Photographer you will need to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Complete a long-term, on-the-job training.

5 important skills

  1. Have a very high level of social contact. Many photographers work directly with clients or subjects.

  2. May work indoors or outdoors, but are more likely to work indoors.

  3. Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could result in dissatisfied clients

  4. May work part time or full time

  5. Editing skills.

Recommended core classes or electives

Some classes you can take in school is Art, Art history, drawing and painting,

film and videotape, and photography

The History of Photography in 5 Minutes
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