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Photographer

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Photographers capture still or moving images using cameras. They take photos of people, places, products and events, according to what the client wants.

The Work

Photographers usually specialise. You could be working in:

Your daily tasks could involve:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

As with other creative professions, salaries for photographers vary greatly. Starting salaries for qualified photographers in the UK tend to be in the range of £13,000 to £20,000 a year. More experienced photographers can earn up to around £35,000, sometimes more.

It is more common now for newspaper photographers to work freelance rather than being employed. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) website has a freelance fees guide.

Many photographers run their own business. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the work and their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge. Recent rates for event photographers have been between £150 and £250 per day or event.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. Some courses have a closing date of 15th January and others have the closing date of 24th March.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2829
2.9 %
RISE
2023
2912
  United Kingdom
2018
45584
2.3 %
RISE
2023
46643

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) offers professional qualifications at three levels. You can get a guide to qualifying on the BIPP website with details of mentoring, portfolio clinics and assessment.

Getting On

More Information

There is no standard promotion. Photography is very competitive. To be successful, you must have the necessary skills, a good business sense and build up a reputation.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP)
Tel: 01296 642020
E-mail: info@bipp.com
Website: http://www.bipp.com/
Twitter: @thebipp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theBIPP/

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@creativeskillset.org
Website: http://creativeskillset.org/
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeskillset

Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

Institute of Medical Illustrators
Tel: 0141 330 4366
E-mail: scotland@imi.org.uk
Website: http://www.imi.org.uk/
Twitter: @imi_org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amidotorg/

Master Photographers Association (MPA)
Tel: 01325 356555
E-mail: membership@thempa.com
Website: http://www.masterphotographersassociation.co.uk/
Twitter: @mpauk

Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
Tel: 01225 325733
E-mail: reception@rps.org
Website: http://www.rps.org/
Twitter: @The_RPS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/royalphotographicsociety

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