Photographs people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Visual Arts pathway.
A person in this career:
- Uses traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
- Determines desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
- Adjusts apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
- Creates artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
- Manipulates and enhances scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
- Transfers photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
- Determines project goals, locations, and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff.
- Reviews sets of photographs to select the best work.
- Performs general office duties such as scheduling appointments, keeping books, and ordering supplies.
- Estimates or measures light levels, distances, and numbers of exposures needed, using measuring devices and formulas.
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