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Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport

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€18k > 42
Photographer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 42
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Covers studio photography shoots and photo shoots or other newsworthy events relevant to their area of work.


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Fashion/Advertising Photographer:
Typical work activities include: taking photographs of models, on location and in studios; building up good relationships with models, helping them to relax and work well for the camera; working well with natural bright light - location shoots often take place in sunny places - and with studio lighting, e.g. to bring out the best in skin tones and sheens from different fabrics; working with film or digital technology, or both; establishing good relationships with stylists, art directors, agencies and fashion editors; securing future assignments; developing a personal, recognisable style.  
 
Through its multiple uses in fashion, advertising/publicity, digital media and contemporary art practice, photography has come to hold a central position in an increasingly visual society. As the profile of photography continues to change and adapt to a broad spectrum of possibilities in both the photographic industry and the wider cultural industries as a whole, the need has arisen for creative image makers to have a deeper understanding of photography's role as a 'visual communication' and how this role impacts and/or adapts to the new developments taking place within it. 

Press / Sports Photographers:
Press photographers/photojournalists work for local, regional and national newspapers, magazines, periodicals, technical journals or news agencies. They often start their careers by working for local newspapers, covering items of local interest, before moving on to either national publications, specialist publications, or freelance work.  
 
Press photographers/photojournalists constantly work to deadlines and may find that their schedules change to keep up with events happening throughout the day. They may be required to travel locally, nationally and even internationally. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Take pictures of individuals, families, and small groups, either in studio or on location.

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Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.

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Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.

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Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.

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Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.

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Scan photographs into computers for editing, storage, and electronic transmission.

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Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.

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Review sets of photographs to select the best work.

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Estimate or measure light levels, distances, and numbers of exposures needed, using measuring devices and formulas.

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Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Selling or Influencing Others: Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Sales and Marketing: Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Fashion Photographer:

You must be able to use a wide range of cameras and lenses with expertise and artistry. You need to be creative and imaginative with good social and business skills. It is essential for photographers to develop an easy working relationship with art directors or fashion editors and to be able to encourage people to co-operate in order to get the shots they want. 

Press/Sports Photographer:

You will need to combine technical ability with creative flair and the ability to decide what makes a newsworthy picture. 
The ability to respond quickly and accurately to situations is important. Patience is an essential quality as you may have to wait for a long time for a photo opportunity that lasts for a few seconds. You also need to be determined and resourceful enough to get a better picture than your rivals.  
 
Business skills are important if you work freelance. Computer skills, using software such as Photoshop, are essential.


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Go..Photographic Stylist - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Press photographer - from: GradIreland

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Organisation: Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA)
Address: Unit 5, Naas Rd Business Park, Muirfield Drive, Dublin 12
Tel: (01) 429 8648
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Organisation: Irish Professional Photograhers' Association
Address: Unit 5 Naas Rd Business Park, Muirfield Drive, Dublin 12
Tel: (01) 429 8648
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