What is a Photographer?
Still wondering what a Photographer really is? In this day and age, the term, as it relates to a career, is much more nuanced than it used to be. Still, we can get started with the basics: A Photographer is a person who captures images digitally or with film, either professionally or for pleasure. These images encompass everything from portrait photographs, groups, events, right down to travel, scenic landscapes, and wildlife.
A Photographer studies their subjects and environment to visualize the best angle for taking an image and uses lighting, either natural, studio lighting, or both, to capture the image. Not all photography equipment is alike, so the images captured are not always considered the final product. Many Photographers retire from a photoshoot only to begin their editing process, which could require digital editing software or a dark room studio to develop images captured on film.
Careers in photography in the 21st century extend much further than the traditional portrait or journalist route. Many Photographers contribute to the digital space as content creators, using social platforms such as Instagram to publish their content. Using these social platforms strategically to build an audience or practice and hone their natural abilities can be a great starting place for aspiring Photographers.
Personality of a Photographer
- They are creative
- They are detail-oriented
- They are self-starters