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Career and Education Opportunities for Photographers in Atlanta, Georgia

Photographers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Atlanta, Georgia area. About 3,350 people are currently employed as photographers in Georgia. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 15% to 3,860 people employed. This is better than the national trend for photographers, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.5% over the next eight years. Photographers generally photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products.

Photographers earn approximately $10 hourly or $21,970 per year on average in Georgia. Nationally they average about $14 hourly or $29,440 annually. Earnings for photographers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Media Technical in Georgia and not quite as good as general Media Technical category earnings nationally. People working as photographers can fill a number of jobs, such as: photographer assistant, forensic photographer, and school photographer.

There are ninety-one schools of higher education in the Atlanta area, including nine within twenty-five miles of Atlanta where you can get a degree to start your career as a photographer. Given that the most common education level for photographers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a photographer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Photographer

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

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

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.

It is important for photographers to decide on and assemble equipment and required background properties, in line with subjects and conditions. They are often called upon to perform general office duties such as scheduling appointments and ordering supplies. They also adjust apertures and camera focus on the basis of a combination of factors such as lighting and film speed. They are sometimes expected to decide on project goals and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff. Somewhat less frequently, photographers are also expected to produce computer-readable, digital images from film, using flatbed scanners and photofinishing laboratories.

Photographers sometimes are asked to direct efforts of staff who are setting up photographic equipment. and design visual aids and charts for use in lectures or to present evidence in court. And finally, they sometimes have to test equipment before use to insure that it is in good working order.

Like many other jobs, photographers must be reliable and believe in cooperation and coordination.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Atlanta include:

  • Audio Visual Technician. Set up or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
  • Broadcast Technician. Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.
  • Camera Operator. Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Choreographer. Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.
  • Dancer. Perform dances. May also sing or act.
  • Film or Videotape Editor. Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
  • Musician. Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
  • Set and Exhibit Designer. Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
  • Sound Engineer. Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Photographer Training

Clark Atlanta University - Atlanta, GA

Clark Atlanta University, 223 James P Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314-4391. Clark Atlanta University is a small university located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,067 students and an admission rate of 57%. Clark Atlanta University has a bachelor's degree program in Art/Art Studies which graduated two students in 2008.

Kennesaw State University - Kennesaw, GA

Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591. Kennesaw State University is a large university located in Kennesaw, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 21,340 students and an admission rate of 59%. Kennesaw State University has a bachelor's degree program in Art/Art Studies which graduated thirty-nine students in 2008.

Agnes Scott College - Decatur, GA

Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-3797. Agnes Scott College is a small college located in Decatur, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 831 students and an admission rate of 48%. Agnes Scott College has a bachelor's degree program in Art/Art Studies.

Morehouse College - Atlanta, GA

Morehouse College, 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314. Morehouse College is a small college located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,873 students and an admission rate of 72%. Morehouse College has a bachelor's degree program in Art/Art Studies which graduated one student in 2008.

Gwinnett Technical College - Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043-5702. Gwinnett Technical College is a medium sized college located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,299 students. Gwinnett Technical College has less than one year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Commercial Photography which graduated six, nine, and nine students respectively in 2008.

The Creative Circus - Atlanta, GA

The Creative Circus, 812 Lambert Dr, Atlanta, GA 30324. The Creative Circus is a small school located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 268 students. The Creative Circus has a two to four year program in Commercial Photography which graduated four students in 2008.

Spelman College - Atlanta, GA

Spelman College, 350 Spelman Ln SW, Atlanta, GA 30314-4399. Spelman College is a small college located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,453 students and an admission rate of 33%. Spelman College has a bachelor's degree program in Visual and Performing Arts.

Portfolio Center - Atlanta, GA

Portfolio Center, 125 Bennett St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Portfolio Center is a small school located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 125 students and an admission rate of 100%. Portfolio Center has a two to four year program in Photography which graduated two students in 2008.

The Art Institute of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA

The Art Institute of Atlanta, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., 100 Embassy Row, Atlanta, GA 30328-1635. The Art Institute of Atlanta is a small school located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,671 students and an admission rate of 48%. The Art Institute of Atlanta has less than one year, associate's degree, and bachelor's degree programs in Photography which graduated four, two, and nine students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Forensic Video Technician: Forensic video analysis is an important science that can have a significant impact on the investigation process.

For more information, see the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association website.

Certified Photographic Consultant: PMA awards the Certified Photographic Consultant (CPC) designation to individuals who successfully meet rigorous testing on photo and digital imaging technologies.

For more information, see the Photo Marketing Association International website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia photo by Evilarry

Atlanta is located in Fulton County, Georgia. It has a population of over 537,958, which has grown by 29.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Atlanta, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Atlanta cost $173,200 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred two new homes were constructed in Atlanta, down from 1,247 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Atlanta are educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and health care. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 28 minutes. More than 34.6% of Atlanta residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Atlanta is 11.1%, which is greater than Georgia's average of 10.1%.

The percentage of Atlanta residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.7%, is more than both the national and state average. Aarons Tabernacle Church, Welcome Home Baptist Church and Adair Park Church are some of the churches located in Atlanta. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Atlanta is home to the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center and the Diuid Hills Golf Club as well as Alexander Park and Wesley Avenue Park. Shopping malls in the area include Rio Mall Shopping Center, Collier Heights Plaza Shopping Center and Northside Parkway Shopping Center. Visitors to Atlanta can choose from Country Inn-Stes Atl Dwntwn S, Comfort Inn and Comfort Inn Buckhead North for temporary stays in the area.