2017 Photographers
Median Pay: US$31,710
Entry Level: High school diploma or equivalent
Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.

Photographers typically do the following:

  • Market and advertise services to attract clients
  • Analyze and plan the composition of photographs
  • Use various photographic techniques and lighting equipment
  • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs
  • Enhance the subject's appearance with natural or artificial light
  • Use photo-enhancing software
  • Maintain a digital portfolio to demonstrate their work

Today, most photographers use digital cameras instead of the traditional film cameras. Digital cameras capture images electronically, so the photographer can edit the image on a computer. Images can be stored on portable memory devices, such as compact disks, memory cards, and flash drives. Once the raw image has been transferred to a computer, photographers can use processing software to crop or modify the image and enhance it through color correction and other specialized effects. Photographers who edit their own pictures use computers, high-quality printers, and editing software. For information on workers who specialize in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media, see photographic process workers and processing machine operators included in occupations not covered in detail.

Photographers who work for commercial clients often will present finalized photographs in a digital format to the client. Wedding and portrait photographers, who serve primarily noncommercial clients, frequently also provide framing services and present the photographs they capture in albums.

Many wedding and portrait photographers are self-employed. Photographers who own and operate their own business have additional responsibilities. They must advertise, schedule appointments, set and adjust equipment, purchase supplies, keep records, bill customers, pay bills, and - if they have employees - hire, train, and direct their workers.

In addition, some photographers teach photography classes or conduct workshops in schools or in their own studios.

The following are examples of types of photographers:

Portrait photographers take pictures of individuals or groups of people and usually work in their own studios. Photographers who specialize in weddings, religious ceremonies, or school photographs may work on location.

Commercial and industrial photographers take pictures of various subjects, such as buildings, models, merchandise, artifacts, and landscapes. These photographs, which frequently are taken on location, are used for a variety of purposes, including magazine covers and images to supplement analyses of engineering projects.

Aerial photographers travel in planes or helicopters to capture photographs of buildings and landscapes. They often use cameras with gyrostabilizers to counteract the movement of the aircraft and ensure high-quality images.

Scientific photographers focus on the accurate visual representation of subjects and therefore limit the use of image manipulation software to clarify an image. Scientific photographs record scientific or medical data or phenomena. Scientific photographers typically use microscopes to photograph subjects.

News photographers, also called photojournalists, photograph people, places, and events for newspapers, journals, magazines, or television. In addition to taking still photos, photojournalists often work with digital video.

Fine arts photographers sell their photographs as artwork. In addition to having technical knowledge of subjects such as lighting and the use of lenses, fine arts photographers need artistic talent and creativity. Most use traditional film instead of digital cameras.

University photographers serve as general photographers for academic institutions. They may be required to take portraits, document events, or take photographs for press releases. University photographers are found primarily in larger academic institutions, because smaller institutions often contract with freelancers to do their photography work.

Sports Photography Intern

Type: Internship
To ApplyPlease email your resume to info@cityathletes.com to seize one of the great opportunities we have available.The responsibilities of the Sports Photography Intern include: attending athletic events and practices in the Bay Area to photograph local amateur athletes.The requirements are...
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San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Egalitarian Photographer (Student position)

Type: Part Time
Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a...
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Internship - Investigative - Summer 2019

Type: Internship
REF#: 33384CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television StationsJOB TYPE: Paid InternJOB SCHEDULE: Part-TimeJOB LOCATION: Studio City, CAABOUT US:CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are part of the CBS Television Network, eight affiliates of The CW Network,...
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Video Production Assistant

Type: Part Time
J Media Group seeks a part-time, contract Videography Intern. We are looking for storytellers, visionaries, photographers, etc. If you have a knack for photography, an eye for detail, and a flare for storytelling, we want you on our video production team.Salary: DOELocation: Arlington, VA or...
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Arlington, VA

E-Commerce Operations Intern

Type: Internship
Robert Graham founded in 2001, is an American eclectic luxury men's and women's apparel brand. We sell to top US retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks along with the very best specialties retailers, as well as key doors internationally. Our Company offers excellent career growth...
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Intern - Assistant Producer

Type: Internship
OverviewCreativeDrive is an independent global creative and content production company comprised of creators, makers and doers spanning across 100 content creation studios from all over the world. We reimagined the entire content creation cycle – from creative to creation to execution, to provide...
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Bentonville, AR

Internship - Investigative - Summer 2018

Type: Internship
# Internship - Investigative - Summer 2018 **REF#: ** 30446 **CBS BUSINESS UNIT: ** CBS Television Stations **JOB TYPE: ** Paid Intern **JOB SCHEDULE: ** Part-Time **JOB LOCATION: ** Studio City, CA **ABOUT US: ** CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that...
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Internship - Investigative 2017-2018

Type: Internship
# Internship - Investigative 2017-2018**REF#: ** 29763**CBS BUSINESS UNIT: ** CBS Television Stations**JOB TYPE: ** Paid Intern**JOB SCHEDULE: ** Part-Time**JOB LOCATION: ** Studio City, CA, US**ABOUT US: **CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are...
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Fall Internship - Phoenix, AZ - News Department Intern

Type: Internship
FALL INTERNSHIP JOB POSTINGJob Function(s): News Dept InternDepartment: NewsReports to: Juan VillaLocation: Phoenix, AZAs the leading company reaching Hispanic America today, Univision delivers premier entertainment, news and sports content to U.S. Hispanics through its television, radio and...
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Internship - Investigative 2017

Type: Internship
# Internship - Investigative 2017**REF#: ** 28843**CBS BUSINESS UNIT: ** CBS Television Stations**JOB TYPE: ** Paid Intern**JOB SCHEDULE: ** Part-Time**JOB LOCATION: ** Studio City, CA**ABOUT US: **CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are part of the...
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