Profession photographer

Photographers take pictures using digital or film cameras and equipment. Photographers may develop negatives or use computer software in order to produce finished images and prints.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic


  • Develop visual elements

    Imagine and apply visual elements such as line, space, colour, and mass to express emotions or ideas.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Select photos

    Review sets of images, make a selection of the best work.

  • Select photographic equipment

    Select appropriate photographic equipment and background properties, and adapt it according to subjects, materials, and conditions.

  • Determine image composition

    Determine image composition, select and adjust subjects, equipment and lighting to achieve desired effects.

  • Develop an artistic framework

    Develop a specific framework for research, creation and completion of artistic work.

  • Set up photographic equipment

    Choose the position and orientation of your camera to capture the scene. Strive to be ready to capture the moment as it occurs.

  • Operate a camera

    Capture moving images with a camera. Operate the camera skilfully and safely to obtain high quality material.

  • Maintain photographic equipment

    Execute maintenance tasks to keep photographic equipment functioning properly.

  • Create digital images

    Create and process two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital images depicting animated objects or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modelling programs.

  • Test photographic equipment

    Test photographic equipment, tools and accessories.

  • Create artificial light

    Create and set up artificial light sources using flashlights, screens and reflectors.

  • License photo usage

    License the use of images through stock photo agencies.

  • Set up cameras

    Put cameras in place and prepare them for use.

  • Select auxiliary equipment for photographic work

    Bring the appropriate auxiliary equipment according to the environment of the photographic work, whether you are stationary or mobile. Make sure you are prepared to capture the desired motif.

Optional knowledge and skills

scan photos digital marketing techniques communicate with youth sporting events brand marketing techniques create infrared imagery home decoration techniques mount photos direct photographic workers develop educational activities set up photographic exhibitions attend events handle art prepare digital art for master photograph art collections research new photographic procedures advise customers on photography wildlife advertising techniques edit photographs architectural design use photographic equipment organise product display social media marketing techniques select camera apertures measure light levels landscape architecture care for food aesthetic develop film edit negatives collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions swim load film develop artistic project budgets conduct extensive international travel