53110 – Photographers



53110 – Photographers
Photographers operate still cameras to photograph people, events, scenes, materials, products and other subjects. They are employed by photographic studios, newspapers, magazines, museums and government, or they may be self-employed.

Index of titles
Aerial photographer
Chief photographer
Commercial photographer
Evidence photographer - forensic
Fashion photographer
Finish photographer
Forensic photographer
Industrial photographer
Medical photographer
Multimedia photographer
Multimedia picture illustrator
News photographer
Photography supervisor
Police photographer
Portrait photographer
Racetrack finish photographer
Retoucher - photography
Scientific photographer
Still photographer
Street photographer
Wildlife photographer


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Study requirements of a particular assignment and decide on type of camera, film, lighting and background accessories to be used
Determine picture composition, make technical adjustments to equipment and photograph subject
May operate scanners to transfer photographic images to computers
May operate computers to manipulate photographic images
May adapt existing photographic images and create new digitized images to be included in multimedia/new media products
May use delicate instruments, such as optical microscopes attached to cameras
May process exposed film
May use airbrush, computer or other techniques to retouch negatives
May operate unmanned aerial vehicle/drone to capture aerial photographs of the landscape or any subject.


Employment requirements
A bachelor's degree in visual arts with specialization in photography or completion of specialized training in photography in high school, college or specialized training schools or extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of a photographer is required.
Experience in, or knowledge of computerized photography or digital imaging may be required.
Creative and technical ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required.


Additional information
Photographers may specialize in areas such as portrait photography, commercial photography, scientific photography, forensic photography, medical photography, digitized photography, multimedia photography or photojournalism.


Film and video camera operators (52110)