Roy Cox speaks about being a professional photographer – distinguishing between a hobby and a career, professionalism and getting out there!
Requirements: Starting with a high school diploma / photojournalism require a bachelor’s degree / others an associate degree / all focusing on photography, lighting, darkroom techniques, technical and computer applications / artistic skills to manipulate lighting / good computer skills
Pros and Cons: Pros – Enjoying the art of photography through your eyes / have a great appreciation for light / get paid for something you love / capture a moment in time that people can cherish forever. Cons – Pay won’t be the best starting out / you won’t be in many pictures / good cameras and gear are expensive / you may get overlooked – people may credit the camera and not the photographer
Salary: The median annual Photographer salary is $61,188, as of August 03, 2017, with a range usually between $48,720–$69,279, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Our team of Certified Compensation Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title Photographer in the United States. (Salary.com)