Career in Photography

Career Options for Photographers


Photographers use cameras to capture an image. They can work in many different areas and often choose an area to specialize in. Photographers may work for a company, but many freelance. They find assignments by advertising or networking.

Portrait photographers take pictures of people and events. They may work out of a studio that people visit. They also travel to events like weddings and meetings. Some portrait photographers specialize in school photos; they travel to schools to take pictures of students on picture day.

News photographers, or photojournalists, work for magazines, newspapers, websites and television stations. They photograph current events and use images to convey information to the public. News photographers may work out of local news bureau but they often travel to the site of a breaking news story.

Commercial and industrial photographers take pictures for books, magazines and advertisements. These pictures include buildings, archaeological findings, outdoor scenery and consumer goods. Commercial photographers may take pictures for advertising and marketing companies.

Fine arts photographers sell the pictures they take as art. Their work may be featured in a museum or gallery. Fashion photographers photograph models in order to highlight a designer’s clothes.

Scientific photographers may use specialized equipment to take pictures of cells, bacteria, internal body parts and faraway planets. They may need additional scientific training and may specialize in a specific type of scientific or medical photography.