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Working As A Studio Photographer

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

  • $37,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Studio 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 Studio 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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Studio Photographer Career Paths

Studio Photographer
Photographer Substitute Teacher Consultant
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Photographer Substitute Teacher Account Executive
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Photographer Substitute Teacher Executive Assistant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Photographer Editor Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Photographer Editor Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Photographer Editor Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Photographer Lead Photographer Assistant Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Photographer Lead Photographer Owner
Creative Director
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Photographer Lead Photographer Office Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Designer
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Coordinator Account Executive
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Freelance Art Director
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer And Photographer Senior Graphic Designer Owner
Owner And Founder
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer And Photographer Senior Graphic Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer And Photographer Freelance Designer
Senior Graphic Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Owner/Photographer Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Owner/Photographer Executive Assistant Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Owner/Photographer Executive Administrative Assistant Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Events Photographer Designer Senior Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Diesel Technician Generator Mechanic
Lead Generator
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner/Photographer 6.3 years
Studio Owner 6.3 years
Staff Photographer 3.7 years
Lead Photographer 2.9 years
Photographer 2.0 years
Studio Associate 1.1 years
Top Careers Before Studio Photographer
Photographer 15.3%
Cashier 10.0%
Internship 8.2%
Server 3.0%
Assistant 2.8%
Volunteer 2.4%
Waitress 2.4%
Top Careers After Studio Photographer
Photographer 19.5%
Cashier 5.2%
Manager 3.1%
Assistant 2.8%
Owner 2.4%
Volunteer 2.3%

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Top Skills for A Studio Photographer

  1. Portrait Collections
  2. Photography Sessions
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create enhancements using Creation Center software and sell Studio Portrait Collections, Portrait Club Memberships, and accessories.
  • Aided other photographers in achieving successful photography sessions.
  • Excelled in editing photos with Adobe Photoshop; presented photos to customers on zip drives.
  • Provided phone/counter reception and customer service; scheduled appointments.
  • Perform general office duties such as scheduling appointments, keeping books, and ordering supplies.

Studio Photographer Demographics

Gender

Female

55.1%

Male

33.0%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

Mandarin

9.3%

Chinese

7.4%

French

7.4%

Turkish

3.7%

German

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Swedish

1.9%

Danish

1.9%

Indonesian

1.9%

Hungarian

1.9%

Hebrew

1.9%

Norwegian

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%
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Studio Photographer Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

10.4%

School of Visual Arts

9.4%

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.3%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

7.3%

Academy of Art University

5.2%

Columbus College of Art and Design

5.2%

Full Sail University

5.2%

University of Alabama

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

Art Institute of Charlotte

4.2%

New York University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.2%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

Ohio University -

3.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.1%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.1%

Wake Technical Community College

3.1%

Art Center College of Design

3.1%
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Majors

Photography

33.9%

Graphic Design

12.7%

Business

10.2%

Fine Arts

9.3%

Journalism

4.5%

Communication

4.3%

Psychology

3.7%

General Studies

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Entertainment Business

1.7%

Design And Visual Communication

1.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.7%

Graphic Communications

1.7%

Computer Science

1.5%

Nursing

1.5%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.3%

Other

23.3%

Associate

12.8%

Masters

7.1%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.5%
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