Photography Career: Working Conditions

Working conditions for photographers vary considerably. Photographers employed in government and advertising agencies usually work a 5-day, 40-hour week. On the other hand, news photographers often work long, irregular hours and must be available to work on short notice. Many photographers work part time or variable schedules.
Portrait photographersusually work in their own studios but also may travel to take photographs at the client’s location, such as a school, a company office, or a private home. News and commercial photographers frequently travel locally, stay overnight on assignments, or travel to distant places for long periods.

Some photographers work in uncomfortable, or even dangerous surroundings, especially news photographers covering accidents, natural disasters, civil unrest, or military conflicts. Many photographers must wait long hours in all kinds of weather for an event to take place and stand or walk for long periods while carrying heavy equipment. News photographers often work under strict deadlines.

Self-employment allows for greater autonomy, freedom of expression, and flexible scheduling. However, income can be uncertain and the continuous, time-consuming search for new clients can be stressful. Some self-employed photographers hire assistants who help seek out new business.

The Art Institutes system of schools
Locations:
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • North Hollywood, CA
Berkeley College
Locations:
  • Little Falls, NJ
  • Paramus, NJ
  • White Plains, NY
Stevens-Henager
Locations:
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Boise, ID
  • Logan, UT
Southern Technical College
Locations:
  • Fort Myers, FL
Programs available:
California College San Diego
Locations:
  • National City, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Marcos, CA
CollegeAmerica
Locations:
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Denver, CO

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Photography Careers