Do you like taking photos? Have you ever thought of making a career out of photography?
Photographers capture moments and create memories.
But being a photographer is more than just being able to snap a photo.
How do you know if being a photographer is right for you? Let's find out!
What Do Photographers Do?
Photographers are generally responsible for:
Planning and setting up the set, lighting, and location
Operating equipment and programs (such as cameras and lighting equipment)
Networking and building a portfolio to show to potential clients
Preparing budgets and invoices
Learning and staying up-to-date on the latest techniques and equipment
Most photographers work as freelancers and are hired for specific jobs by clients. Some may work on a full-time or part-time basis as well.
Where Can You Work As A Photographer?
Common settings that photographers may work in include:
Events: working with weddings, graduations, press conferences, or sporting events
Media or advertisement: working with businesses, marketing departments, or media outlets, such as magazines and newspapers
Governmental: working with local or federal law enforcement agencies
Many photographers work exclusively within a specialized area in the industry, for example as a wedding photographer, fashion photographer, landscape photographer, portrait photographer, or sports photographer.
A photographer that takes photos of crime scenes likely works in which setting?
But Will It Pay The Bills?
The salary of a photographer can greatly vary and can be influenced by:
Field of photography
Years of experience
Freelance photographers have greater control over their salaries because they can determine how much they charge clients.
In the U.S., the average salary for a photographer is $66, 355 USD.
In Canada, the average salary for a photographer is $64,035 CAD.
You'll Love It If...
You have a strong interest in photography
You like bringing someone's vision to life
You are capable of being your own boss
You are willing to devote time to learn and develop your skills
Look For Another Career Path if...
You're not comfortable taking and giving direction
You don't like being behind the scenes
You don't like having an irregular schedule
You don't like working on tasks that quickly begin and end
Does it sound like a career in photography is right for you?
If it does...