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Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus according to a combination of factors, such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
    • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
    • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
    • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
    • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment, such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
    • Take pictures of individuals, families, and small groups, either in studio or on location.
    • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
    • Enhance, retouch, and resize photographs and negatives, using airbrushing and other techniques.
    • Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.
    • Estimate or measure light levels, distances, and numbers of exposures needed, using measuring devices and formulas.
    • Perform general office duties, such as scheduling appointments, keeping books, and ordering supplies.
    • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
    • Set up, mount, or install photographic equipment and cameras.
    • Determine project goals, locations, and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff.
    • Perform maintenance tasks necessary to keep equipment working properly.
    • Select and assemble equipment and required background properties, according to subjects, materials, and conditions.
    • Direct activities of workers setting up photographic equipment.
    • Develop visual aids and charts for use in lectures or to present evidence in court.
    • Load and unload film.
    • Engage in research to develop new photographic procedures and materials.
    • Mount, frame, laminate, or lacquer finished photographs.
    • Photograph legal evidence at crime scenes, in hospitals, or in forensic laboratories.
    • Write photograph captions.
    • Set up photographic exhibitions for the purpose of displaying and selling work.
    • Produce computer-readable, digital images from film, using flatbed scanners and photofinishing laboratories.
    • Employ a variety of specialized photographic materials and techniques, including infrared and ultraviolet films, macro photography, photogrammetry and sensitometry.
    • License the use of photographs through stock photo agencies.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    • Currently Employed 5,130
    • Yearly Projected Openings 390

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    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility


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    • Contact printer
    • Camera lens filter
    • Camera lens
    • Camera flashes or lighting


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


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