patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
the ability to work well with your hands
to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
What you'll do
Your daily tasks may include:
discussing a project with the client and agreeing the 'brief'
finding and preparing the location for the photo session
choosing the right equipment and setting up lighting
composing and taking photos
using industry software to edit and process images
checking accurate colour match and image quality
choosing the best images for the client to use online or in print
promoting and running your business
You could work in a creative studio.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and physically demanding.
Career path and progression
Many photographers are freelance and you could do a mix of contract work and following your own interests. You could extend your range into other areas of photography like product, property, aerial or corporate work. With training, you could also work as a press or police photographer.
If you do specialist qualifications, you could find jobs in medical photography or illustration.