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Become A Sports Photographer

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Working As A Sports Photographer

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

  • $31,651

    Average Salary

What Does A Sports Photographer Do At Lifetouch Sports and Special Events

* Capturing the unique personality of youth sports participants and teams in a high-quality portrait
* Transporting photography equipment to an assigned Picture Event location
* Working effectively with children of all ages Job Requirements Specific qualifications for the role include:
* High School diploma or equivalent
* Possession of a valid U
* S. drivers license and a reliable, registered and insured vehicle
* Ability to work a seasonal schedule including weekends
* Access to reliable internet and e-mail to receive work assignments
* Willingness to travel to assigned Picture Event locations (50
* miles)
* Ability to lift and operate professional camera equipment (up to 40 lbs)
* Successful completion of a criminal background and driving record check
* Previous customer service experience
* Positive attitude and professionalism
* Read, write and speak fluent English Why Glossy Finish by Lifetouch? Lifetouch is celebrating 80 years of providing quality portraits for millions of individuals, families and organizations.
* We're committed to building strong relationships, loyalty and memories that last a lifetime.
* Great Photographers are the foundation of our success.
* As a sports photographer with Glossy Finish by Lifetouch, you will be part of an industry-leading organization that is employee-owned.
* You will be working in a dynamic, engaging environment where you will learn photographic, business, technique and people skills.
* To arrange for a phone interview, please call 1
* x150 Apply today! Glossy Finish by Lifetouch is an Equal Opportunity

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How To Become A Sports 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.


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.


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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Sports Photographer Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Georgian

  • Hebrew

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Sports Photographer


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Top Sports Photographer Skills

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Digital Photography
  3. Soccer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edited photographs using Adobe Photoshop and uploaded them using FTP.
  • Commissioned to photograph High School Soccer Players for family sports photos and preparation of college sports collage.
  • Provide the highest level of professional and courteous customer service at all times
  • Photographed athletes during their sporting events Edited the pictures for the Defiance Athletic website
  • Capture action shots and peak moments during high school sports games.

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