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Capturing the Action: 9 Types of Photography Jobs in the Creative Industry

Updated: May 18

If you are passionate about photography and are interested in pursuing a career in the media industry, here are 9 photography job types that you might find interesting.

Capturing the action photography jobs

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Photography Jobs

If you're someone who loves photography and has been thinking about pursuing it as a career, but you're not quite sure where to start, don't worry, you're not alone. With so many different specialties and niches within the field of photography, it can be challenging to decide which path to take. From wedding photography and portraiture to landscape and wildlife photography, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you're unsure exactly which direction to take, read on.

Key Skills for Photographer

The key skills for photographers include:

  • Creativity

  • Attention to Details

  • Networking Skills

  • Flexibility and Patience

  • Excellent Communication Skills

  • Hardware Knowledge; cameras, lights, lenses, tripods.

  • Software Knowledge; editing software, image manipulation, digital imaging.

  • Marketing and Sales

1. Photojournalist

Photojournalists are responsible for capturing images that tell a story and are used in news articles. Their photography is a visual way of telling stories and communicating the news to the public.

This job requires the ability to work in fast-paced and often dangerous situations, and having a deep understanding of current events and storytelling abilities. You'll also need a keen eye for details and the ability to carry out in depth research and an awareness of ethics. You may work for a newspaper, magazine, news agency or online media outlet.

2. Fashion Photographer

As a fashion photographer, you will work with fashion models, designers, and stylists to create images that showcase clothing and accessories in a visually appealing way that's speaks to the public.

This job requires a creative eye, a strong understanding of fashion trends, and the ability to communicate effectively with a team of professionals. You'll also need to scout out shoot locations and have an understanding of branding and marketing and the ability to professionally edit and retouch images. You may work for a fashion magazine, advertising agency, or directly with a designer.

Wildlife photography

3. Wildlife Photographer

If you are passionate about wildlife and nature, you can become a wildlife photographer. This job involves traveling to remote locations to capture images of animals in their natural habitats.

You will need patience, an understanding of animal behavior, and the ability to work in challenging environments. You'll also need a keen eye for details and an understanding of protected species and animals in general.

Common types of wildlife photography include; conservation, environmental, underwater and behaviour photography. You may work for a nature magazine, conservation organization, or as a freelance photographer.

4. Sports Photographer

Sports photographers capture images of athletes in action, which are used in newspapers, magazines, and online media. They'll capture iconic sporting moments that inspire and connect with the public.

You'll need and understanding of sports history and sports general trivia.

This job requires excellent timing, adaptability and a deep understanding of the sport being photographed, and the ability to work in fast-paced environments.

You may work for corporate sponsors, events organisers, a sports magazine, advertising agency, or directly with a team or athlete.

5. Advertising Photographer

Advertising photographers work with companies to create visual content for advertisements that sell or promote and raise awareness of something.

This can include product photography such as watches or perfume or lifestyle photography such as travel.

You'll need a strong understanding of marketing and advertising principles, the ability to work to tight deadlines as well as excellent photographic skills. Your photography needs to be persuasive and encourage individuals to buy.

You may work for an advertising agency, marketing firm, or directly with a company.

Wedding photography

6. Wedding Photographer

As a wedding photographer, you will capture images of couples on their special day.

This job requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work under pressure, and a deep understanding of lighting and composition.

Youll also need to be able to edit and retouch images and work closely with clients to ensure you understand and deliver photos which match their vision and preferences.

You may work for a wedding photography company, photography studio, or as a freelance photographer.

7. Portrait Photography

Portrait photographers take images of individuals or groups of people in a photography studio or on location. This can include babies, family photos, actor headshots, or photos for social media.

This job requires excellent communication skills, the ability to make clients feel comfortable and at ease, and a strong understanding of lighting and composition so that you can bring out and capture the personality of an individual.

You may work for a photography studio, as a freelance photographer, or in the entertainment industry.

8. Travel Photographer

Travel photographers capture images of different cultures, landmarks, and scenic locations across the world.

This job requires a passion for travel, the ability to work in different environments, and excellent photographic skills. You'll be capturing different culture and customs that provoke emotions and inspire others to visit. Or makes other countries accessible to others who cannot travel.

You'll need to be adaptable and flexible and a lot of patience and perseverance. You may work for a travel magazine, newspaper, tourism board, or as a freelance photographer.

9. Fine Art Photographer

Fine art photographers create images that are intended to be displayed in art galleries and exhibitions. This can include abstract photography, landscape photography, or still-life photography.

You'll need a deep understanding of artistic principles, excellent photographic skills, and the ability to communicate with art curators and gallery owners.

Your Photography will need to evoke emotions, provoke conversation's and convey new and exciting ideas that transcend beyond traditional photography.

You may work as a freelance photographer or for a fine art photography gallery.

Career Advice

If you need more career advice and guidance, why not book a free discovery call with me? We can explore further how I can assist you in taking the first step towards setting up your business, becoming a freelancer and working towards your dream photography career.

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