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destiny christopher

Education and training
Education and Training

To be a photographer you don’t need college degree but to be successful its recommended to get the training and experience for better paid jobs.

I would get the education by attending college for four years and more for training. The cost for a camera can be $100-10,000 dollars depending on the type. Having extra equipment could equal more and schooling could be on average in Iowa at a Photography school is about 8,100 per year. But in colleges for going to find a degree on average is about 30,000 in Iowa. About 200 photography diplomas and certificates are awarded each year in Iowa.

Job skills talents and experience
Job Skills, Talents, and Experience

Long term on the job training is the most common way of learning what to do. I am suited for some of these I can learn quickly, time management, and I am always coming up with new things.

  • Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service

  • Sales and Marketing

  • English Language

  • Computers and Electronics

  • Clerical

  • Skills:

  • Active Listening

  • Monitoring

  • Persuasion

  • Speaking

  • Time Management

  • Abilities:

  • Oral Comprehension

  • Oral Expression

  • Visualization

  • Originality

  • Near Vision


  • The expenses in photography depend on your equipment and that can be very expensive. You need lighting, computers, cameras, software, lenses, studios, image delivery, client editing, and displaying and this isn't even all of it. Equipment can cost tons of money. Now quality in products are going up when price is going down

Benefits health factors
Benefits/Health Factors

Photographers if self-employed don’t get health benefits. If they work in a big business your most likely to get health benefits.

Only about 15% get second jobs to get health insurance. If you work for a big company they usually have insurance on all the equipment just in case.

Now if you had you own business you’d have to go get some. Self-employment you can get vacation time whenever but when retirement comes you get nothing.

Employment outlook
Employment Outlook

  • Employment in this field is increasing at an average rate (about 9 to 17% between 2004 and 2014).

  • An estimated 129,000 working photographers in the US in 2004.

  • More people are self employed compared to salaried photographers.

  • Most jobs require a photographer every now and then. Some for photographing events or speeches.

  • Employment of photographers is expected to grow 12 percent over the 2008-18 period, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

  • Photographers can specialize in areas such as portrait, commercial and industrial, advertising, scientific, fashion, news, wildlife photography etc. They have the option to either take up jobs with news papers, magazines, advertising agencies,government agencies, industrial houses or work as free lancers.

Advancement opportunities
Advancement Opportunities

  • After several years of experience, magazine and news photographers could advance to photography or picture editor positions. Some photographers teach at technical schools, film schools, or universities.

  • Although there is no systematic or best method of entering this occupation, determination, skill, and formal preparation are important factors for success.

  • Photographers can usually increase their earnings by developing a good reputation in a salable specialty and by gaining experience and mastery of their craft. Self-employment is also a popular option.


Typical day

Customer Base

Self-employed photographers have to learn to market themselves and find their own clients.


Self-employed photographers usually have more flexible hours. They set up their own photo shoots and get to work on there own schedule for their clients.

Typical Day

Overhead Expenses –

If you own your own business, you will have to provide and maintain your own equipment, rent studio and office space, and hire any necessary support staff and that can be expensive. While some of these expenses may be passed on to the client, you'll be responsible for the day-to-day operations and expenses of your photography business. While salaried employees have there companies space, equipment, and workers.

Salaried photographers work about 40 hour week. But self-employed photographers work on there own terms.

Artistic Control– Photographers have to consider their clients' needs, ideas and vision for a project if they want to make a living if you a salaried photographer. But as a self-employed photographer, you'll have more artistic control you can be able to accept jobs that interest you or turn down ones that don’t. And most clients will choose to work with you based on your unique style, they may be open to let you use your greater creativity on a project.


I have a very big imagination, I get along with others, I love art and photographs. I know a lot about computers and sales/marketing.

Real life experiences I've had in photography was I was in a shoot for my sisters class where she taught me things about lighting, placement, alignment, and much more. I didn’t get to be behind the camera taking pictures but I learned things about it. I also having taking pictures for school and Waverly newspaper. I have also entered contests for art work and got 3 and I've taking a few classes in Mason City.