CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Photographers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Photographers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Take pictures of individuals, families, and small groups, either in studio or on location.
 
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.
 
Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
 
Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
 
Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
 
Scan photographs into computers for editing, storage, and electronic transmission.
 
Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.
 
Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
 
Estimate or measure light levels, distances, and numbers of exposures needed, using measuring devices and formulas.
 
Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
 
Perform maintenance tasks necessary to keep equipment working properly.
 
Perform general office duties such as scheduling appointments, keeping books, and ordering supplies.
 
Determine project goals, locations, and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff.
 
Select and assemble equipment and required background properties, according to subjects, materials, and conditions.
 
Enhance, retouch, and resize photographs and negatives, using airbrushing and other techniques.
 
Set up, mount, or install photographic equipment and cameras.
 
Develop and print exposed film, using chemicals, touchup tools, and developing and printing equipment, or send film to photofinishing laboratories for processing.
 
Produce computer-readable, digital images from film, using flatbed scanners and photofinishing laboratories.
 
Direct activities of workers who are setting up photographic equipment.
 
Employ a variety of specialized photographic materials and techniques, including infrared and ultraviolet films, macro photography, photogrammetry and sensitometry.
 
Engage in research to develop new photographic procedures and materials.
 
Set up photographic exhibitions for the purpose of displaying and selling work.
 
Load and unload film.
 
Develop visual aids and charts for use in lectures or to present evidence in court.
 
License the use of photographs through stock photo agencies.
 
Mount, frame, laminate, or lacquer finished photographs.
 
Photograph legal evidence at crime scenes, in hospitals, or in forensic laboratories.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Photographers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Photographers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Photographers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Photographers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Photographers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Advertising Photographer
Aerial Photographer
Apprentice Photographer
Biological Photographer
Biomedical Photographer
Cameraman
Commercial Photographer
Crime Scene Photographer
Digital Photographer
Fashion Photographer
Finish Photographer
Food Photographer
Forensic Photographer
Freelance Photographer
Industrial Photographer
Marine Photographer
Medical Photographer
Nature Photographer
News Photographer
Newspaper Photographer
Newspaper Photojournalist
Ophthalmic Photographer
Photo Editor
Photo Journalist
Photo-Optics Technician
Photographer
Photographer Assistant
Photographic Specialist
Photojournalist
Portrait Photographer
School Photographer
Scientific Photographer
Sports Photographer
Still Photographer
Street Photographer
Studio Photographer
Underwater Photographer
Wedding Photographer
Wild Life Photographer
Wildlife Photographer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Photographers
 
 
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