Photographer Job Openings - 13 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $40,237

    Preschool Photographer
    Lifetouch

    Silver Spring, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

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    Graduation Photographer - Washington DC Area
    Gradimages

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    NEW
    Marathon Photographers Needed - Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (Washington, DC)
    Iconic Group

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    NEW
    Marathon Photographers Needed - Marine Corps Marathon (Arlington, VA)
    Iconic Group

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    NEW
    DC Photographer
    Vector Media

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $40,237

    NEW
    Preschool Photographer
    Lifetouch

    Silver Spring, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    Part time Sales Photographer- Washington, DC
    Mom365

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    Part time Sales Photographer-Manassas, VA
    Mom365

    Manassas, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    NEW
    Elementary Photographer
    Lifetouch

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    NEW
    DC Photographer
    Vector Media

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    NEW
    Photographer
    Lifetouch

    Arlington, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $40,237

    Part time Sales Photographer- Takoma Park, MD
    Mom365

    Takoma Park, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $33,096

    NEW
    Preschool Photographer
    Lifetouch

    Fairfax, VA

Photographer Jobs

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$33,097

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Stressful

What does a Photographer do

Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.

Duties

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.

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how to become a Photographer

Although postsecondary education is not required for portrait photographers, many take classes because employers usually seek applicants with a “good eye” and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography. Photojournalists and industrial and scientific photographers often need a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Although postsecondary education is not required for most photographers, many take classes or earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field because such an education can improve their skills and employment prospects.

Many universities, community and junior colleges, vocational–technical institutes, and private trade and technical schools offer classes in photography. Basic courses in photography cover equipment, processes, and techniques. Art schools may offer useful training in photographic design and composition.

Entry-level positions in photojournalism or in industrial or scientific photography generally require a college degree in photography or in a field related to the industry in which the photographer seeks employment. For example, classes in biology, medicine, or chemistry may be useful for scientific photographers.

Business, marketing, and accounting classes can be helpful for self-employed photographers.

Training

Photographers have a talent or natural ability for taking good photos, and this talent is typically cultivated over years of practice. For many artists, including photographers, developing a portfolio—a collection of an artist’s work that demonstrates his or her styles and abilities—is essential. A portfolio is necessary because art directors, clients, and others often want to look at one when deciding whether to hire or contract with the photographer.

Photographers often start working as an assistant to a professional photographer. This work provides an opportunity to gain experience, build the photographers’ portfolios, and gain exposure to prospective clients.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Photographers capture their subjects in images, and they must be able to evaluate the artistic quality of a photograph. Photographers need a “good eye”—the ability to use colors, shadows, shades, light, and distance to compose good photographs.

Business skills. Photographers must be able to plan marketing strategies, reach out to prospective clients, and anticipate seasonal employment.

Computer skills. Most photographers do their own postproduction work and must be familiar with photo-editing software. They also use computers to maintain a digital portfolio.

Customer-service skills. Photographers must be able to understand the needs of their clients and propose solutions to any problems that arise.

Detail oriented. Photographers who do their own postproduction work must be careful not to overlook details and must be thorough when editing photographs. In addition, photographers accumulate many photographs and must maintain them in an orderly fashion.

Interpersonal skills. Photographers often photograph people. They must communicate effectively to achieve a certain composition in a photograph.

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Photographer Videos

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Real Photographer Salaries

Get paid what you deserve

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Photographer SK Visual New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $198,265
Photographer Christian OTH Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $198,265
Photographer Christian OTH Inc. New York, NY Jan 15, 2013 $198,265
Photographer SK Visual New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $198,265
Photographer Christian OTH Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2013 $156,525
Photographer Mannkul, Inc. Corona, CA Dec 09, 2011 $98,114
Photographer Special Projects Studio LLC New York, NY Mar 15, 2016 $76,000 -
$79,000
Photographers Studio Berry, Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Apr 10, 2013 $75,379
Photographer Special Projects Studio LLC New York, NY Mar 15, 2016 $72,000 -
$78,000
Photographer Forever & Ever Inc. New York, NY Apr 13, 2015 $60,523

Top Skills for a Photographer

Know what it takes to get the job done

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Top Photographer Skills

We found these three skills more than any other for photographer jobs are:
  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Photographic Equipment
  3. Portrait Photography
The skill that employers don’t seem to have as a strong a need for photographer jobs is Camera Equipment.

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Top Photographer Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Photographer Employers

You can find a job as a Photographer with over 10 different companies. The company with the highest employment for a Photographer is Lifetouch.

Other companies that have high employment for Photographer jobs are:
  1. Portrait Innovations
  2. Lifetouch National School Studios
  3. Sharpshooter Imaging
  4. Mom365

Lifetouch, Portrait Innovations, Lifetouch National School Studios, Sharpshooter Imaging, Mom365, Picture People, Bella Baby Photography, Photogenic Inc., Walt Disney World, Inter-State Studio & Publishing

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