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Photography

What is 'Photography? (PHOT)'

The student in the Commercial Photography program learns to solve photographic problems through the skillful use of camera, lighting, laboratory, and electronic techniques.  Included in the program are experiences in commerical, general and digital photography.  This program articulates with UNO's College of Fine Arts and with Bellevue University.

Is it for you?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Photographers need good eyesight, artistic ability, and good hand-eye coordination. Portrait photographers need the ability to help people relax in front of the camera. Commercial and fine arts photographers must be imaginative and original. News photographers must not only be good with a camera, but also understand the story behind an event so that their pictures match the story.

Photographers who operate their own business, or freelance, need business skills as well as talent. These individuals must know how to prepare a business plan; submit bids; write contracts; keep financial records; market their work; hire models, if needed; get permission to shoot on locations that normally are not open to the public; obtain releases to use photographs of people; license and price photographs; and secure copyright protection for their work."

Jobs and Salary Expectations

The graduate of this program should be adaptable to the following employment situations:

  • commercial or portrait studio
  • industrial photo unit
  • photojournalism
  • photo finishing or digital imaging systems
  • manufacturer's technical representative
  • retail photo sales

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates salaried commercial photographers can expect to earn between 18-thousand and 38-thousand dollars per year.

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