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Photography careers come in as many shapes and sizes as photographs. Staff photographers work in settings that range from the newsroom to the portrait studio. Other photographers, such as those who work at weddings, run their own businesses.

There’s a lot more to photography than pointing and shooting. You’ll have to learn the technical ropes and develop an eye for the perfect picture. Competition for artsy careers like this one is always stiff, but if you don’t mind putting in the hours, it might be worth a shot.

Photographers use their artistic eye and technical know-how to capture the moment digitally or on film.

“Being a photographer allows me to observe and experience worlds I might not otherwise be privy to.” Charr, Freelance Photographer

Are You Ready To...?

  • See the fruits of your labor
  • Keep up with new technology
  • Drag camera equipment around
  • Aim to please the client
  • Live on a small budget
  • Work irregular hours

It Helps To Be...

Equal parts technician and magician: photography is a science as well as an art. Patience is also key. Photographers spend a lot of time waiting for that perfect moment -- often while carrying heavy equipment.

Make High School Count

  • Take a photography class, if possible. You’ll learn the basics of good photography, experience the darkroom, and get feedback on your work.
  • Sign up for art class. You’ll learn about color, light and shadow, and composition -- all keys to good photography.
  • Learn computer programs like Photoshop, which are now used by just about all photographers.
  • Join a camera club, or volunteer to take photos for the school newspaper or yearbook.

Did You Know?

Like journalists, news photographers run the risk of being in dangerous situations.