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How to Be an Architectural Photographer: Career Roadmap

Started by Reyed Mia (Apprentice, DIU), April 20, 2017, 08:44:23 PM

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Reyed Mia (Apprentice, DIU)

How to Be an Architectural Photographer: Career Roadmap

Research the requirements to become an architectural photographer. Learn about the job description and duties, and read the step-by-step process to start a career in architectural photography.

Step 1: Learn to Operate Camera Equipment

Individuals interested in pursuing a career in architectural photography need to know how to operate camera equipment, specifically, digital camera equipment. Even if a student plans to pursue formal education in the field, he or she will need to know how to properly use a camera prior to attending school. Architectural photographers can learn basic camera skills by practicing taking pictures of buildings and other structures around their cities.

Step 2: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

While formal education is not required to enter the field, the BLS noted that employers may prefer candidates who have a 4-year degree in photography. A bachelor's degree program focuses on instruction in composition elements, shooting techniques and darkroom procedures. Courses may include studio lighting, photojournalism, digital imaging and photography history. Students may also want to earn a minor in architecture or take courses focused on architectural structures.

Step 3: Build a Portfolio

A portfolio highlighting an artist's best photographs is necessary to begin a career as an architectural photographer. Architectural photographers can begin building their portfolios while still in school and should continue updating their portfolios throughout their careers. A portfolio should include published photographs, as well as exemplary pieces taken in college and an internship program. Creating an online portfolio will allow a greater audience to view a photographer's work.

Step 4: Gain Experience as a Photographer's Assistant

Beginning architectural photographers can gain professional experience working as an assistant to a photographer. Along with learning technical and business skills, an assistant may be responsible for menial tasks such as finding business opportunities for the employer. Seek assistant positions through job search sites and local photographers. Organizations such as the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers (AIAP) offer services to match photographers with assistants.

Step 5: Join a Professional Organization

Professional photography organizations can provide beginning and experienced photographers with clientele and job opportunities. The AIAP offers clients a service that finds architectural photographers in their areas. Similarly, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) offers a photographer finder that allows clients to specify a professional's specialization. To benefit from one of these organizations a photographer must obtain membership, which entails a yearly fee and review by the membership board.

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