10 photographer memes focus on their career

2 Dec 2014

In honour of that time of year when many people are snapping photos of parties and Christmas decorations, this week’s career memes poke fun at photographers.

What they do: Photographers create images for a range of creative, technical and documentary purposes, with many specialising in an area, such as PR, photojournalism, commercial photography, or portrait photography.

Professional photographers normally work to a brief set out by a client or employer. Photographers also work in different locations, setting up shots and using a range of equipment, including cameras, lenses, filters, lights and particular software.

What they don’t do: Use Instagram and call themselves a photographer.

Educational requirements: Although most photographers don’t require a post-secondary education, many take classes or earn a diploma or bachelor’s degree in a related subject.

Required skills: A good photographer will possess creativity/artistic ability, attention to detail, business skills, and good interpersonal skills, which include good communication and customer-service skills for working with clients and the public.

Salary: In Ireland, photographers can expect to earn €22,000 a year, according to PayScale.com, but as their experience increases and portfolio of work improves, their compensation can increase, too.

Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic. She came to Ireland from Canada, where she had held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she wasn’t saving dangling participles, she was training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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