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Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

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Currently Employed: 270

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.35 - $43.31

Typical Annual Salary: $40,200 - $90,100

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
  • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
  • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
  • Develop and print exposed film, using chemicals, touchup tools, and developing and printing equipment.
  • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
  • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
  • Determine project goals, locations, and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff.
  • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Perform general office duties such as scheduling appointments, keeping books, and ordering supplies.

tools & technology

  • Camera flashes or lighting
  • Camera lens
  • Camera lens filter
  • Lightmeters
  • Photography light reflector

  • Accounting software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Web page creation and editing software

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