A photographer is a professional who focuses on the art of taking photographs with a digital or film camera. Photographers use artificial and/or natural lighting to snap pictures of various people, places and things in a variety of settings.
The preferred minimum education requirement is an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.
WHERE TO STUDY
For 2- and 4-year college and university programs across the country, visit our Where to Study page.
In April 2020, the median yearly salary for a photographer was $65,339, according to Salary.com. For more information, visit Study.com's Photographer Profile.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Institute of Graphic Arts
- American Photographic Artists
- American Society of Botanical Artists
- American Society of Media Photographers
- Professional Photographers of America
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
Learn about photography from Erin Creekmur, Photographer and APS Forestry Advisor of Arizona Public Service.
Watch a day in the life of professional portrait and studio photographer, Hannah Couzens.