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A photography career can take numerous different forms. Some photographer prefers to be a freelance, others operate their own studios apartment or they choose to work in an advertising or fashion industry. In order to achieve something in a photography career, you need artistic imagination. Your creative thinking and unique style can put you apart from the rivalry in this field. Clients usually appoint the person who has a unique point of view and personal style. Having good relationship with the clients is also important particularly for those who operate their own business or work as independent freelance.

There are several types of photography career including advertising (creating the right environment to emphasize the product to be promoted in the best possible way), architectural (refers to photos with a unique style of architecture), editorial photography and photojournalism (renders images to support the articles, primarily in the print media), fashion (capture the fashion and sensibilities of attire and most often carried out for commercial or fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue), fine art (cites photographs that are made to accomplish the creative imagination and ideas of the artist), forensic (refers to the photos of an accident or crime scene and usually presented in the court to support the investigation), photojournalism (is citing a story regarding a specific incident or occasion through a single shoot), wedding (photographing the most unforgettable moments in a different creative way) and still life photography (pertaining to catching ideas on the camera that are intentionally grouped together to produce a detail composition).

Photographers are employed by design studios, government departments, hospitals, municipalities, advertising companies, fashion houses, magazines, newspaper and other media. Future photographers must have business and organizational abilities to become a successful in this career. Other necessary qualities include originality or personal style, creativity, good eyesight, detail-oriented and patient.

The responsibilities in photography job include advertising and mingling to other people to find new customers, discuss with clients to recognize their needs or requirements, set up the photo shoots including the schedule, locations, backgrounds, props, lighting and other equipment, making final print images, and working the administrative duties such as billing, pricing and budgeting. The technical skills needed in line of photography job include images card, Photoshop, lighting systems, digital cameras, knowledge in computer applications and software program for editing the images and other photography equipments.

One of the best ways in searching for the right photography career is by using Internet. Internet sites like Monster Jobs and Yahoo’s Hot Jobs gives tools and advice for employers, job hunters and recruitment companies. There are several vocational-technical institutes, colleges, universities and technical schools that offered photography courses. The basic courses in this profession cover techniques, processes and equipment. Art schools provide functional training in composition and photographic design.

The salary of a photographer mostly in California, Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Washington DC ranges from $40,000 to $50,000 per year according to U.S. Department of Labor.

Job positions for Photography:

Forensic Photographer

Forensic Photographers are responsible in taking record, images and legal evidences or proofs itemized in the area of crime scene, forensic laboratory or hospitals and other crime prospect. They formulate visual aids and graphs for the demonstration of evidence. They provide the detailed record of the entire evidence at the crime scene, as well as overview photos, accurate pictures of tire marks, blood spatters, bullet holes, footprints, fingerprints and other evidence which can be used as grounds in hearing, trial, court proceedings and other investigation procedures. They consult with detectives, police, scientific or hospitals companies and quickly determine the kind of equipments needed. They search to portray the crime prospect from multiple standpoints, using operational and handy cameras. They choose the suitable cameras and recording machines. They utilize a kind of specialized materials and methods, as well as macro-photography, infrared and ultraviolet films, digital cameras, floodlights or reflectors, electronic flashes, and other technological tools and instruments that record scene by electronic means. They take several pictures and select from the best. They select lenses designed for medium range and close-up photography. They set up lights to accomplish the best balance and lighting for the theme or issue. They must maintain and check from time to time the condition of the entire equipments needed.

Forensic photographers also work for magazines, newspapers, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, and medical illustrators. Others might work closely with private injury legal representatives, police force, detectives and other law firms to facilitate in gathering evidence for cases. These photographs are predominantly used for road traffic accidents, negligence, medical malpractice, injuries and effects of liability cases. This profession can be stressful and emotional; hence Forensics Photographers must always be equipped and prepared how to deal with such matters or issues including the grieving victims.

Other Forensic Photographers work as independent freelancers. They give forensic photograph imaging services to legal representatives or lawyers, insurance groups and some police forces. But most of them work directly to Forensic Science Service or police force as forensic photographer before working as freelancers.

Numerous forensic photographers start as assistants in order to learn the basic concerning cameras and forensics. Others choose to be an instructor at colleges or universities and teach those who will be assigned in police department. Currently, learning the digital cameras and skills in some computer program is important in order to have an advantage.

Educational attainment is not required in order to become a forensic photographer. Though, education nowadays is may be an advantage when searching for employment because of the competition in job market. Universities and colleges offer some special courses and training in field of photography and forensics.

The skills needed in order to become a successful and professional forensic photographer include broad knowledge and interest in science, criminology and photography, great dexterity, good sense of timing, patience, communication skills and awareness in new scientific technologies such as camera and computer.



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