The Professional Photographer is a professional who uses the practice of photography for work, following ethical and legal principles that are aimed at satisfying the client, unlike the amateur photographer who, instead, practices photography for pleasure, for leisure or for fun very often with the aim of documenting and producing memories.
He can carry out his profession both independently and by involving other people, thus engaging them in the process of producing images until their final presentation.
Usually, the professional carries out his profession as a freelancer, carrying out photographic services of various kinds and on various occasions such as marriage ceremonies.
Among the many tasks that is carried out, the professional photographer deals with:
Try to acquire and find the right equipment to carry out your profession;
Look for the right location to perform photo shoots;
Reflects on the baselines used to perform a photo shoot and shares them with the protagonist of the shot;
Look for the most suitable locations according to the event that will have to be photographed and choose the course of the same;
The professional photographer can take care of numerous sectors thus acquiring a kind of subspecialization, thus delineating:
The fashion photographer;
The photographer of ceremonies;
Landscape and travel photographer;
The event photographer.
The professional photographer relies on a professional who deals with casting to find the subjects that best represent the subject of the photo shoot and the sense. The professional photographer can also organize training courses for a photography school as an employee or owner.
To become a professional photographer it is not necessary to pursue a specific training path considering the fact that the professional photographer is a job that requires a lot of passion in what is done and, therefore, the knowledge of the trade does not depend purely on a given training. The experience, therefore, is the main variable of this profession but, in case the candidate wants to learn technical notions to improve their practice and then open a path in this work, they will be able to follow suitable professional courses. There are some associations that collect, over the years, a lot of documentation that can also support many schools of vocational schools, such as the TAU Visual, or the National Association of professional photographers. To obtain admission as a member it is necessary to be a professional photographer with the correct and defined tax configuration and, the professional photographer now consoled, will have to testify to his effective professionalism of his profession. When, therefore, the future professional photographer will request admission, the candidate must have a presenter member, that is, a professional member who already guarantees for him or, in case the candidate does not know any member of the visual Tau who can guarantee for him, it will be necessary that at the time of enrollment you give the Association's secretariat the right to evaluate your work, indicating a professional website or controllable references that allow us to assume certain elements on the fact that the candidate actually exercises the activity. In the event that the references that the candidate will provide are not directly verifiable, a copy of the certificate of attribution of the VAT party as a photographer or other similar documentation may be requested. Once you have gained experience and once you are registered with the national association, professional photographers will be able to share the mission of keeping professionalism alive in an industry where the rules change drastically each and every time. Moreover, the TAU VISUAL association can provide its members with:
As for the specific skills, it is necessary that the future professional photographer acquires in-depth knowledge on the use of the necessary equipment to photograph and information technology as well as useful software for the development of their work such as Photoshop. Foreign languages are also a determining factor among the knowledge: most of the time, in fact, the notional books as well as the manual for the use of cameras and tools for photography are not available in Italian but only in English. The knowledge of the perspective and of the various shading techniques is also decisive, as well as having great passion.