Photographer

 

 

OFO No: 343101

 

 

 

 

Other names for Photographer:

  • Aerial Photographer
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Landscape Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • News Photographer
  • Photo Finish / Post Production Photographer
  • Photographer and Image Recording Equipment Operato
  • Photojournalist
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Technical Photographer

What is a Photographer?

A Photographer is a person who makes a living out of taking photographs (photos).

Photographers usually specialise in one area, for example:

  • fine art (self expression)
  • fashion (shooting models in exotic locations or in a studio)
  • food (for recipe books, magazines etc)
  • advertising (product shots, shots for magazines, internet etc)
  • editorial/journalism (news:  internet, newspapers etc)
  • social photography (weddings and events)
  • aerial photography (taken from a plane or helicopter)
  • wildlife
  • landscapes
  • portraits etc

Photographer should have a natural sense of design and composition.  They must be observant.

About 50% of professional Photographers are self-employed.  The others usually work for a wide range of employers depending on which area of photography they have specialised in.

What does a Photographer do?

This will depend on what field you specialise in but here are a few tasks that you may encounter:

  • works with clients to discuss brief
  • looks for appropriate photographic subjects, locations and opportunities
  • researches details and preparing for shoot
  • works in different locations
  • uses an extensive range of technical photographic equipment
  • talks to models to put them at ease   
  • arranges still life objects, products, scenes, props and backgrounds
  • liaises with other professionals, for example: graphic designers etc
  • checks for quality and touches up on the computer where needed
  • keeps up to date with industry trends and developments and new techniques
  • develops their own skills to enhance images, for example: cropping, colour enhancing etc
  • manages and markets the business

Are you … ?

  • passionate about photography?
  • familiar with cameras and how they work?
  • good with composition?
  • observant?
  • a person with a good eye?
  • detail orientated?
  • good with colour?

How do I become a Photographer?

There are many courses you can do:

PATH 1

Higher Certificate in Photography: NQF Level 5

PATH 2

Certificate in Photography: NQF Level 4

PATH 3

Diploma in Photography

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Vaal University of Technology

PATH 4

Bachelor of Technology in Photography  (BTech)

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • UNISA
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Walter Sisulu University

Many private schools around South Africa offer courses in Photography.  Check your local area for Photography schools.

Here are a few examples:

  • STELLENBOSCH ACADEMY OF DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY
  • VEGA PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL
  • CAPE TOWN SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • COLLEGE OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

 

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Photojournalist … or … Camera Operator … or … Food Stylist

Is becoming a Photographer the right career choice for me?

 

 

 


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