5 Common Misconceptions of being a Photographer

Image Credit: Shot ID Photography, www.shotid.co.uk

Image Credit: Shot ID Photography, http://www.shotid.co.uk

I thought that today I would do another job role ‘misconception’ post, this time around the role of a photographer. It’s a career that is somewhat glamourised by society, but I get the low down on what it’s really like thanks to some great insight from professional commercial photographer Jay from ShotID Photography.

1. It’s mega glamorous
If you call 15 layers in -20 degrees in the middle of no-where, or running around a photo studio for hours on end, then yes it is pretty glamorous. But no, it’s not all supermodels and celebrities.

2. You’re photographing the likes of Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne and gang on a daily basis
In commercial photography, you’re lucky if you even get a model – so no supermodels here unfortunately.

3. All you do is turn up, take a few shots and go home
There’s so much more to it than that! You’re the first there and the last to leave – getting everything set up, packed away, and then there’s all the editing too…

4. The photos you took miraculously edit themselves (with no extra work from yourself)
An 8-hour shoot more than likely will turn into another 4 hours (at least) of editing and downloading the images.

5. It’s a 9-5 job
Well 9-5 could mean 9am-5pm or even 9pm-5am. It’s never set hours in the day. You could work for an hour or it could be 14 hours. It’s so varied!

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