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Career and Education Opportunities for Photographers

In general, photographers photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products. They also may develop negatives and produce finished prints.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Photographer career.


Highlighted states contain educational opportunities in Media Technical


Photographer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Photographers decide on desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to produce desired effects. They also develop artificial light, using flashes and reflectors. Equally important, photographers have to test equipment before use to insure that it is in good working order. They are often called upon to perform maintenance tasks needed to keep equipment working properly. They are expected to use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods and flash attachments. Finally, photographers manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to generate desired effects, using computers and specialized software.

Every day, photographers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they understand events and object details at a distance.