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