Lexi, a fashion photographer, spends her typical day working with models, hairstylists, and makeup artists. Her interest in photography began at the age of 13 when she took pictures on her camera phone. From there her interest blossomed and she began thinking of photography as a serious career when she got her first professional camera. Now she is freelancing and making a living on something she loves and has fun doing.
A photographer uses a camera to portray objects, concepts, and moments of time. Today, most photographers use digital cameras instead of the traditional silver-halide film cameras. Digital cameras capture images electronically, so the photographer can edit the image on a computer.
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The work environment for photographers can vary considerably, depending on their specialty. Portrait photographers work in studios where they can take photographs, but they also often travel to take photographs at a client’s location, such as a school, a company office, or a private home. News and commercial photographers may travel locally or internationally. News photographers often work long, irregular hours in uncomfortable or even dangerous surroundings and must be available to work on short notice. For example, a news photographer may be sent to a war zone to capture images for a newspaper. Aerial photographers often work in planes or helicopters.
Most photographers stand or walk for long periods while carrying heavy equipment.
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