How to become a Photographer

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What do Photographers do?

Photographers are skilled, technical artists who are trained in the use of various kinds of equipment and techniques to produce high quality images of people, landscapes, animals, products and other subjects.

If you’re creative with a great eye for composition, and prepared to put in long hours to obtain a single perfect image, this career could be picture perfect for you.


About you:

  • Creative and imaginative with an eye for detail and good communication skills
  • Passionate, patient and flexible, with great people skills
  • Technically skilled with attention to detail and a desire to keep learning


The job:

  • Work with clients to find out what they want and provide ideas
  • Set up and complete photo shoots in studios or on location
  • Select the right equipment to complete the job and adjust settings to suit the job and conditions
  • Critically review and cull photographs, edit and enhance selected images to produce high quality and high resolutions images that meet client specifications


Photographers salary (average) $55,000 per year

(Source: seek.com.au)

Job growth for Photographers is moderate (source: joboutlook.gov.au)

With many photographers aspiring to do well in this industry, you’ll have to be at the top of your game, prepared to work in lots of locations or find a niche area that you can focus on if you want to be competitive.


How to become a Photographer in Australia


Formal qualifications aren’t essential but could help you get ahead faster and make you eligible to apply some positions. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Photographers.

Step 1 – Study Art, Visual Arts, Design and Technology at school (photography if it’s an option)

Step 2 – Volunteer in as many school, community or private projects as possible, find work experience within the field (and network while you’re there), build a portfolio of works. Take online courses and attend workshops to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Step 3 – Complete VET qualifications or a university degree – look for opportunities where on the job training or internships are offered.

Step 4 – If you want to freelance then you’ll need to advertise and market yourself, continue to network and showcase your work. Qualifications or skills in marketing and business may come in handy.

Step 5 – Obtain recognised accreditation e.g. AIPP


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Similar Careers to Photographer


Fashion Photographer

Landscape Photographer


Portrait Photographer

Sports Photographer

Technical Photographer

Camera Operators

Film and Video Editors

Graphic Designers

Sound Engineering Technicians

Fine Artists

Photograph Processing Workers

Professional Makeup Artists


Find out more about alternative careers.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


  • What skills do you need to become a photographer? 

Creativity, technical photography skills, patience and concentration, attention to detail, strong networking skills, and team working skills.

  • Where do photographers work?

With photographers working in so many different fields you could be working in a variety of settings from newspaper publishing companies, laboratories (clinical or scientific), in the field (which could be anywhere on land, up in the air or under water), others may be studio-based.

  • Do I need a degree to work as a Photographer in Australia?

A degree is not necessarily a requirement to become a photographer, a high school certificate and a willingness to learn could get you started. However, qualifications will increase your technical skills and abilities and may make you more appealing to potential clients and employers.



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