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Why and How to Become a Photographer

Why and How to Become a Photographer

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What is Photography?

Almost everyone uses a camera these days but few set out to learn the skills and creative techniques that will make their photographs look professional. With a range of courses from entry level to more advanced, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade from a professional photographer and artist with decades of photography success.

Take your creative spirit to the next level and indulge in the passion that you love. Open Colleges offers inspiring and contemporary courses and a flexible learning environment to give you the very best in innovative courses that are relevant to the digital world.

Our courses are designed by industry professionals using unique techniques and training modules to cover everything from composition to marketing – depending on what you choose to focus on.

Why Study Photography?

Payscale stats

Employment for Photographers to 2018-19 is expected to grow moderately. Employment in this occupation (13 000 in November 2014) rose very strongly in the long-term (ten years). Photographers have an average proportion of full-time jobs (69.9 per cent). For Photographers working full-time, average weekly hours are 43.9. Job Outlook website.

Stable Salaries

Payscale.com lists the wage for a Photographer as being between an average of $57 000 to a maximum salary of $88 000.

New Statistics – Creative Industries on the rise

The creative sector – which encompasses advertising and marketing, architecture, design and visual arts (including photography), music and performing arts, software and digital content – is one of the fastest-growing segments of the national economy. ABS - newly analysed data from the 2011 census. The number of Australians in "creative" employment has grown from 463,500 people in 2006 (5.1 per cent of the workforce) to 531,000 people in 2011 (5.3 per cent).

What Photography Qualification Do You Need?

Certificate IV in Digital Photography

If you’re a creative person who wants to enhance the professionalism of your photographs, the Certificate in Digital Photography will allow you to gain the skills you want in the most flexible and accessible way. Use this course to begin a journey into the world of photography or to enhance your creative skill set.

Certificate in Design (Photography)

Your goal is a series of photographs that are coherent; that form a narrative. This course aims to bring more conscious thought and direction to what you are already exploring in the world of photography. Your objective is to elevate your current creative work to the next level.

Why Study Photography through Open Colleges?

Our photography courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility of organising your study around your life. You can enrol anytime of the year and study at your own pace.

Among other things, you'll get a sound introduction to photography and learn about lighting for photography. You’ll also gain skills in picture design developing and processing and in printing photographs.

You’ll also learn skills such as setting up a shot, using digital media and how to use your creative thinking to develop your perspective for page layout fundamentals.

Your course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. Some of the certificates allow you to graduate with a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualification that can boost your chances of employment.

Interview with a professional Photographer

Zahrina Robertson

Top Chick Photographer, Zahrina Photography.com

In two sentences, tell us what a bit about your job as a Photographer.

I'm using my gift of photography through the lens to tell my clients’ stories and to change the world – one image at a time! I work by using my passion to try to capture the true potential of all my clients to help them build their online personal branding presence, which I feel is essential.

What does a Photography professional do on a day to day basis?

I start by packing lunch for my four year old son, and then coffee follows very soon after! I'm in daily in-depth consultations with Australia's best entrepreneurs and businesses about their personal brand.

Daily I would check client bookings ahead of my schedule. Then I would contact potential clients, check the various social media statuses, organise all my equipment and make sure it’s cleaned, then I’ll update the database with new client information. After this I might, recheck edited images for meetings with clients, then create invoices and make sure none are overdue. Finally I would check the studios are ready for my new exciting clients!

What are the best parts of the job?

I LOVE my Clients! They are exactly who I want to be dealing with in life, work and play. I also mentor and coach women in business to reach their full potential daily. I write articles on personal branding and I also blog. I'm in on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter sharing my insights about my gig! And then I'm talking to the media about my Social Enterprise - Indigenous Literacy Bookworm Program.

What skills/attributes do potential Photographers need to have?

It’s important to have great people skills, which is even more important than learning how to hold a camera!

What’re your favourite things about working in the Photography industry?

I have to say that I really enjoy the creativity that I bring to my team, my community and all the people around me, especially my family and son.

Thanks Zahrina for sharing your story with Open Colleges.

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