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Photography (SOC CODE: 27-4021.00)

Job Description Overview

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Related Careers

  • Photographers
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  • Producers
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Office Machine Operators, Except Computer
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
  • Production Workers, All Other
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Sample Job Duties

  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
  • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
  • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus based on a combination of factors such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
  • Develop and print exposed film, using chemicals, touchup tools, and developing and printing equipment.
  • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
  • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
  • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
  • Determine project goals, locations, and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff.
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Perform general office duties such as scheduling appointments, keeping books, and ordering supplies.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Photography: Level I

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0348

      This multi-level certificate program is designed to prepare students for employment in the field of photography. The Photography Level I offers the core skills necessary for employment as an entry-level Photography Assistant.

      Required Courses

      PHOT 9Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
      PHOT 11AIntermediate Photography3
      PHOT 11BDigital Capture Workflow3
      PHOT 14Commercial Lighting3
      PHOT 20Color Photography3
      Choose one from the following:3
      PHOT 12
      Photographic Alternatives
      PHOT 16
      Fashion and Editorial Portrait Photography
      PHOT 18
      Portraiture and Wedding Photography
      Total Units21

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    • Photography: Level II

      Arts Division
      Certificate T0349

      This multi-level certificate program is designed to prepare students for employment in the field of photography. This Photography Level II certificate offers additional expertise for students to develop specific skills needed for employment in photography, art, cinema/animation, communications, industrial arts, graphics, and journalism.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Photography - Level I coursework21
      PLUS
      Completion of the Photography - Level II coursework13
      Total Units34
      Photography - Level I Coursework
      PHOT 9Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
      PHOT 11AIntermediate Photography3
      PHOT 11BDigital Capture Workflow3
      PHOT 14Commercial Lighting3
      PHOT 20Color Photography3
      Choose one from the following:3
      PHOT 12
      Photographic Alternatives
      PHOT 16
      Fashion and Editorial Portrait Photography
      PHOT 18
      Portraiture and Wedding Photography
      Total Units21
      Photography - Level II Coursework
      Choose one from the following:1
      PHOT 1A
      Laboratory Studies: Beginning Black and White Photography
      PHOT 1B
      Laboratory Studies: Advanced Black and White Photography
      PHOT 1C
      Laboratory Studies: Studio Photography
      PHOT 1D
      Laboratory Studies: Computer Applications in Photography
      PLUS
      PHOT 17Photocommunication3
      or PHOT 30 Advertising Photography
      PHOT 28Photography Portfolio Development3
      PHOT 29Studio Business Practices for Commercial Artists3
      PHOT 24Advanced Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      or PHOT 26 Video for Photographers
      Total Units13

      Recommended Electives

      AHIS 1Understanding the Visual Arts3
      or ARTB 1 Understanding the Visual Arts
      PHOT 15History of Photography3

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    • Photography: Digital Technician

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0351

      This certificate program is designed to give students specific skills to prepare them for employment in the commercial photographic industry as a digital technician, digital assistant, digital imaging specialist, or photography assistant.

      Required Courses

      PHOT 9Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
      PHOT 11AIntermediate Photography3
      PHOT 11BDigital Capture Workflow3
      PHOT 14Commercial Lighting3
      PHOT 20Color Photography3
      PHOT 24Advanced Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      PHOT 26Video for Photographers3
      Total Units24

      Recommended Elective

      PHOT 29Studio Business Practices for Commercial Artists3

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    • Photography: Video Production

      Arts Division

      Certificate L0413
      This certificate integrates still photography and video capture, for the student that is interested in the field of photography coupled with video production. It is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as both a photographer and videographer. The goals of this certificate are to prepare students to combine still and video to produce quality imagery by working collaboratively using digital camera still and video capture, lighting, composition, storytelling, audio, and image editing and output techniques to produce visuals that effectively communicate ideas or narratives for commercial, editorial, or fine art purposes.

      Required Courses 

      PHOT 9Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      or ARTC 100 Graphic Design I
      PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
      PHOT 11AIntermediate Photography3
      PHOT 14Commercial Lighting3
      PHOT 26Video for Photographers3
      R-TV 22Editing for Film and Television3
      R-TV 29Introduction to Audio Production for Film and Television3
      Choose one elective from the following:3
      ANIM 172
      Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
      ARTC 272
      Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects
      PHOT 17
      Photocommunication
      PHOT 30
      Advertising Photography
      R-TV 14
      Media Aesthetics
      Total Units24
      Recommended Electives 
      PHOT 28Photography Portfolio Development3
      or ARTC 290 Portfolio
      or ANIM 148 Demo Reel
      PHOT 29Studio Business Practices for Commercial Artists3
      or R-TV 15 Broadcast Law and Business Practices

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    • Photography: AS Degree

      Arts Division
      Degree S1002

      This program is designed to prepare the student for employment in the field of photography. A variety of career opportunities are available in photography, art, cinema, communications, industrial arts, graphics, and journalism. Student desiring a bachelor’s degree should consult with an advisor or catalog of the institution they wish to attend regarding transferability of courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Choose one from the following:1
      PHOT 1A
      Laboratory Studies: Beginning Black and White Photography
      PHOT 1B
      Laboratory Studies: Advanced Black and White Photography
      PHOT 1C
      Laboratory Studies: Studio Photography
      PHOT 1D
      Laboratory Studies: Computer Applications in Photography
      Plus the following courses:
      PHOT 9Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
      PHOT 11AIntermediate Photography3
      PHOT 11BDigital Capture Workflow3
      PHOT 14Commercial Lighting3
      PHOT 15History of Photography3
      PHOT 20Color Photography3
      PHOT 28Photography Portfolio Development3
      PHOT 29Studio Business Practices for Commercial Artists3
      PHOT 12Photographic Alternatives3
      or PHOT 16 Fashion and Editorial Portrait Photography
      or PHOT 18 Portraiture and Wedding Photography
      PHOT 24Advanced Digital Image Editing for Photographers3
      or PHOT 26 Video for Photographers
      PHOT 17Photocommunication3
      or PHOT 30 Advertising Photography
      Total Units37

      Recommended Electives

      AHIS 1Understanding the Visual Arts3
      or ARTB 1 Understanding the Visual Arts

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