'You only click a few buttons'
Many people believe that Photographers take the photos then magically they can show them to their customers, Interestingly I saw a threat/forum and saw a comment along the lines of 'Photographers only click a few buttons- hardly a job'. Now this really frustrated me, Below I have pointed out just some of the jobs and responsibilities of a photographer...
Exact tasks vary according to the specialisation. However, common activities for most photographers include:
working with clients to discuss the images they require and how they want to use them;
seeking out appropriate photographic subjects and opportunities;
carrying out research and preparation for a shoot;
working in different locations and in different circumstances to get the right image;
using an extensive range of technical equipment, including cameras, lenses, lighting and specialist software;
communicating with photographic subjects, putting them at ease, encouraging them and directing them;
arranging still life objects, products, scenes, props and backgrounds;
liaising with other professionals, including graphic designers, writers, gallery managers, picture researchers, commissioning editors and art directors;
managing the processing and use of images, discussing technical problems, checking for quality and dealing with clients' concerns;
preparing proofs for approval;
compiling finished products for sale, such as albums and framed prints;
understanding traditional film and digital photography and keeping up to date with industry trends, developments and new techniques;
developing expertise with software to digitally enhance images by, for example, changing emphasis, cropping pictures, correcting minor faults or moving objects around;
managing the business aspects of the work, including administration, scheduling work, invoicing and basic accounting;
developing a good portfolio, building a network of contacts and achieving a reputation for quality and reliability in order to secure future assignments;
self-marketing by, for example, producing business cards, postcards and promotional materials and creating and maintaining a website.