A Career as a Photographer

By: Chassidy Thomas


Photographers produce images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event.

All photographers have basic tasks in common. They select the camera and equipment that will best meet the needs of the job. Photographers must choose film, lenses, filters, and flash attachments. They set up the camera to frame the subject for the best composition. They arrange the background and lighting to create the desired effect. They also arrange people or objects in the desired position. In studio settings, photographers can control all these elements. When working in the field, they must often make do with the available conditions.

Helpful High school courses

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Film and videotape
  • Photography

Skills and Abilities

  • Listen to others
  • Develop rules
  • Manage time and self
  • Be aware of others reactions

Working conditions

  • High level of social contact
  • Communication on a daily basis
  • Responsible for the work done
  • Repeat the same mental and physical activites


  • High School Diploma (GED if needed)
  • Complete long-term on-the-job training


  • Minnesota:
  • Hourly: $16.71
  • Yearly: $34,760
  • US:
  • Hourly: $13.70
  • Yearly: $28,490

Employment Outlook

  • Minnesota:
  • Few
  • US:
  • Moderate

Related occupations

  • Camera Operators
  • Choreographers
  • Dancers
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Meteorologists
  • Musicians
  • Prepress Workers
  • Sound Engineering Technicians

Program Overview

Photography teaches people to express ideas and feelings using still photos

Program admission

  • Computer graphics
  • Drama
  • Art/Art History
  • Photography
  • Director

Typical Course Work

  • Advanced Photography
  • Animation
  • Business Management
  • Drawing
  • Studio

Related Programs

  • Animation
  • Video Graphics
  • Arts
  • Arts Administration
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Modeling
  • Visual Arts

Schools that offer this program

  • Central Lake
  • Dakota County
  • MUS-Moorhead
  • Ridgewater
  • St. Paul
  • St. Cloud

St. Cloud State University is located in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It currently has 18,319 enrolled in its college, today. St. Cloud is a 2-4 year school in an urban setting. The population of St. Cloud itself is 63,800. It is a co-ed school, and 83% of the school's population is white. The deadline in the Fall is August 6th, while Spring is December 30th. The tests required for the admission requirements are a 21 on the ACT test and a 3.12 GPA.

The Higher Learning Commission accredited St. Cloud University. The student-faculty ratio is 21:1; with 2,315 students and 25 per class.

Tuition Room and Board: $7,272

Total Budget (Estimated): $7,714

Application fee: $20

Their housing opportunities are first come first serve, no official deadline. The food plan they offer is the Garvey Commons or Atwood Memorial.

Some activities that they offer include:

  • Choral
  • Drama
  • Marching Band
  • Newspaper
  • Orchestra
  • Radio
  • etc..


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Rock Climbing
  • Frisbee
  • Tennis
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Squash

St. Cloud campus visits are Monday-Friday under an appointment.

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