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PHOTOGRAPHER: Don't Be Afraid Of Constructive Criticism

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Fran, a photojournalism student, has turned her creative passion into her career. She currently freelances for various news sources and media outlets, while attending school for photojournalism. She advises that to be successful in this field, you have to network, and you have to be able to put yourself out there and meet people.

Degree: Photojournalism
Job Title: Photographer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Photographer

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$15,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Irregular, Part-time, Flexible, Seasonal, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Office, Remote, Travel, Physically demanding, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, People skills, Technical skills, Creativity

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Associate degree
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m='18940'>attend</span> <span m='19240'>the</span> <span m='19310'>Academy</span> <span m='19670'>of</span> <span m='19750'>Art</span> <span m='19860'>University</span> <span m='20410'>here</span> <span m='20570'>in</span> <span m='20640'>San</span> <span m='20800'>Francisco.</span> <span m='21180'>I'm</span> <span m='21560'>a</span> <span m='21790'>photojournalism</span> <span m='23000'>major</span> <span m='23660'>and</span> <span m='27610'>I</span> <span m='27720'>don't</span> <span m='27880'>have</span> <span m='28060'>any</span> <span m='28730'>licenses</span> <span m='29360'>or</span> <span m='29500'>anything</span> <span m='29740'>like</span> <span m='29960'>that.</span> <span m='30380'>It's not</span> <span m='30848'>really</span> <span m='31316'>required for</span> <span m='31784'>what I</span> <span m='32252'>do.</span> <span m='32720'>But</span> <span m='33188'>I</span> <span m='33656'>have</span> <span m='35060'>my</span> <span m='35200'>passport,</span> <span m='37060'>and</span> <span m='37270'>then</span> <span m='38330'>I've</span> <span m='38540'>done</span> <span m='39360'>two</span> <span m='39560'>internships.</span> <span m='42000'>Previous</span> <span m='42570'>work,</span> <span m='43170'>I</span> <span m='43290'>shoot</span> <span m='43670'>for</span> <span m='43750'>myself,</span> <span m='44300'>and</span> <span m='44480'>then</span> <span m='44680'>I'm</span> <span m='44820'>also</span> <span m='45800'>shooting</span> <span m='46120'>freelance,</span> <span m='47570'>and</span> <span m='47850'>I</span> <span m='47960'>like</span> <span m='48250'>to</span> <span m='48560'>string--</span> <span m='49560'>what's</span> <span m='49740'>called</span> <span m='49920'>stringing--</span> <span m='50490'>for</span> <span m='52400'>news</span> <span m='52570'>sources,</span> <span m='53750'>media</span> <span m='54200'>outlets.</span> </p><p><span m='56180'>And</span> <span m='56440'>what</span> <span m='56720'>motivated</span> <span m='57280'>me</span> <span m='57430'>to</span> <span m='57520'>take</span> <span m='57780'>my</span> <span m='57950'>job,</span> <span m='58640'>I</span> <span m='58780'>love</span> <span m='59010'>to</span> <span m='59110'>shoot,</span> <span m='60390'>in</span> <span m='60510'>terms</span> <span m='60760'>of</span> <span m='60840'>photography.</span> <span m='62920'>It's</span> <span m='63235'>all</span> <span m='63550'>I</span> <span m='63730'>think</span> <span m='63930'>about,</span> <span m='64160'>it's</span> <span m='64300'>all I</span> <span m='64459'>ever</span> <span m='64739'>do.</span> <span m='65820'>There are</span> <span m='66030'>stories</span> <span m='66440'>out</span> <span m='66590'>there</span> <span m='67010'>that need to</span> <span m='67110'>be</span> <span m='67220'>told,</span> <span m='67505'>and</span> <span m='67790'>I</span> <span m='67860'>think</span> <span m='69040'>one</span> <span m='69220'>of</span> <span m='69280'>the</span> <span m='69350'>best</span> <span m='69600'>ways</span> <span m='69850'>to</span> <span m='69990'>tell them is through</span> <span m='70440'>still</span> <span m='70710'>photography.</span> </p><p><span m='76100'>I</span> <span m='76260'>think</span> <span m='76610'>I</span> <span m='76750'>wish</span> <span m='77050'>I</span> <span m='77720'>just</span> <span m='78330'>knew</span> <span m='78500'>more</span> <span m='78700'>people.</span> <span m='79060'>So</span> <span m='79590'>networking.</span> <span m='80260'>I</span> <span m='80370'>wish</span> <span m='80590'>I</span> <span m='80610'>had</span> <span m='80770'>better</span> <span m='80970'>skills</span> <span m='81390'>with</span> <span m='81810'>networking.</span> <span m='82290'>Now</span> <span m='82570'>I'm</span> <span m='82750'>pretty</span> <span m='83520'>good</span> <span m='83710'>at</span> <span m='83850'>it,</span> <span m='84000'>but</span> <span m='87820'>you</span> <span m='88120'>have</span> <span m='88340'>to</span> <span m='88430'>have</span> <span m='88680'>a</span> <span m='88780'>good</span> <span m='88950'>attitude</span> <span m='89370'>about</span> <span m='89670'>it</span> <span m='89990'>and</span> <span m='90150'>not</span> <span m='90400'>be</span> <span m='90530'>afraid</span> <span m='90750'>to</span> <span m='90870'>meet</span> <span m='91130'>people</span> <span m='91650'>and</span> <span m='91860'>put</span> <span m='92030'>yourself</span> <span m='92420'>out</span> <span m='92640'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='95030'>Advice?</span> <span m='96430'>Put</span> <span m='96570'>yourself</span> <span m='96900'>out</span> <span m='97110'>there.</span> <span m='97520'>Don't</span> <span m='97720'>be</span> <span m='97850'>afraid</span> <span m='98380'>of</span> <span m='98810'>criticisms</span> <span m='99700'>and</span> <span m='100160'>critiques,</span> <span m='101240'>constructive</span> <span m='101750'>criticism.</span> <span m='104430'>Because</span> <span 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m='119200'>about</span> <span m='119450'>life</span> <span m='120010'>and</span> <span m='120190'>that'll</span> <span m='120430'>get you</span> <span m='120590'>really</span> <span m='120880'>far.</span> <span m='122080'>There</span> <span m='122380'>you</span> <span m='122680'>go.</span> </p>","file":{"id":227321,"video_id":"2699079146001","name":"66858428","duration":123668,"thumbnail_url":null}});