Careers in Photography

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in photography? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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I bet you can remember cracking a pretty big smile when you visited Walt Disney World for the first time as a kid. If I recall correctly, there’s not much that compares to the magic of Mickey Mouse. Perhaps now you still occasionally flip through old photo albums and stumble upon quality relics like big ol’ Goofy with you on his lap. If it weren’t for the photographers in the park, these memories might not have been captured and could have easily slipped away. Photographers are able to capture fleeting moments and emotions through the pictures they shoot.

Photography Careers

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Photography Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Photographer Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Photographer
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Photographer
  4. Best Locations for Photographers
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Photographer
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Photography
  7. Photography Resources
  8. Careers Related to Photography
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Photography

What a Photographer Does

A photographer is a person who takes photographs. Some photographers explore subjects like landscapes and portraits. Other photographers specialize in subjects unique to photography, including street photography, documentary photography, wedding photography, and commercial photography.

A Typical Day for a Photographer

A typical day for a photographer can range a lot but generally involves taking pictures in a studio or at an event and editing the pictures. Here are some things you might encounter:

Salary and Career Progression for a Photographer

The average yearly salary for a photographer is $17,000-$86,000, which is a pretty large range. Where your salary falls in that range depends on how long you’ve been in the industry or what type of photography you do (fashion and commercial generally make more than news and sport). Beyond that you can consider becoming a Commercial Photographer ($21,000-$83,000), a Graphic Artist/Designer ($23,000-$57,000), or a Freelance Photographer ($18,000-$201,000).

Best Locations for Photographers

Here are some hot spots for photographers:

Pros and Cons of Being a Photographer

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Cons

What You Need to Know for a Career in Photography

Photography is generally self-taught, although there are a few degree programs. To be a photographer you’ll need to have both business technical knowledge and creativity. To get your pictures to look the best you’ll need to know about specific cameras, lighting, and digital imaging. It’s a good idea to try to get some hands-on experience with an established photographer. You could also do a local workshop to get experience. Either way you’ll want to showcase your work in albums online. By doing this you put your name out there, and you can get feedback on your work.

Photography Resources

If photography still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

Required Reading

Blogs and Websites

Networking Opportunities

Careers Related to Photography


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Photography


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Industrial Color - Industrial Color is an LA and NYC based company that offers “digital still and video capture, post-production, color and video editing services,"

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Art.com - Art.com is based in Emeryville, CA, and it “is a leading authority in wall décor and the world’s largest online retailer of posters, prints, and framed art.”

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Munchery - Munchery is a San Francisco, CA based company that offers wholesome dinners prepared by top chefs delivered to your door for a reasonable price.

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City General ManagerNew York, NY
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Museum Hack - Museum Hack is a New York, NY based upstart that developed a “tour to turn one of New York’s most spectacular cultural institutions into a totally unique experience.”

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Wedding Party - Wedding Party is a Palo Alto, CA based company that offers an app that allows you to “capture all the amazing photos from your wedding.”

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ThinkGeek - ThinkGeek is a Fairfax, VA company that sells stuff for the "thousands of people out there who were on the front line and in the trenches as the Internet was forged.”

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Rue La La - Rue La La is a Boston, MA based e-commerce company that offers flash sales on "the best in women’s and men’s fashion, home, travel, kids, and more.”

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Olapic - Olapic is a New York, NY based company that provides the technology that allows brands to “collect, curate and display high quality photos" from customers.

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Kembrel - Kembrel is a Philadelphia, PA based company that is blending traditional retail with e-commerce to reach college students, and they're hiring.

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deviantART - If you love art and want to be part of the world's biggest online art community, then you should definitely consider a job with deviantART.

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Graphics AssistantPensacola, FL
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New York Daily News - The New York Daily News doesn't list jobs, but does typically hire in Advertising, Circulation, Marketing, Production, Technology, Finance, and Digital.

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Converse - If you love Chuck Taylors and consider yourself an All-Star, you'll probably want to check out job opportunities with Converse.

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Joby - Joby is still a relatively small company, but they’re expanding their products lines by filling new niches with the same idea and technology. And they're hiring

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Engadget - If it's hardware (or really cool software), and it's cool, Engadget will be all over it. Yesterday they published a blog post that said that they are hiring.

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Creative DesignerPittsburgh, PA
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International Center of Photography - If you love photography, but want to do more than just take pictures, then the International Center of Photography is a perfect place for you.

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20×200 - Despite their artsy fartsiness, 20×200 is most focused on hiring techies right now—they’re looking for a System Admin and a Web Developer.

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Sling Media - Sling Media is all about using technology to let you control how you consume media, if that interests you, check out their current job openings.

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POLITICO - It’s hard to discern which positions at POLITICO are most appropriate for new college grads, but we've found a few that are worth a look for politics junkies.

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Pi Media - Pi Media is a Toronto, Canada based content creation company – North America’s largest in fact.

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