Photographers operate cameras and lighting equipment to take photographs of people, places, products and other subjects.

Duties & Tasks

Photographers may perform the following tasks:

  • operate a range of cameras, lights and light-measuring devices
  • determine the required camera angle, light positions, exposure and composition
  • offer technical solutions to illustrative problems
  • advise on photographic approaches and the selection of locations, props, models and colour coordination
  • use computers for the production of images in print or digital form as well as tasks such as image manipulation and post-production work.

Working Conditions

Photographers stand most of the time and often carry heavy equipment. They may work on location or in a studio and can spend long periods of time in front of a computer doing post-production work. While most modern photographers use digital cameras, some may choose to use film and either develop photographs themselves in a darkroom or send the film to specialised photographic processors.

Personal Requirements

  • artistic flair
  • eye for detail
  • able to learn the technical aspects of photography
  • self-motivated
  • able to take initiative
  • good problem-solving skills
  • interest in contemporary styles and trends in graphics, architecture and fashion is an advantage.
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