Job Title: 


Job Description: 

Photograph subjects or news worthy events, using still cameras, colour or black-and-white film, and variety of photographic accessories.


Photographers operate still cameras to photograph people, events, scenes, materials, products and other subjects. Photographers may be self?employed or employed by photographic companies, multimedia houses or large organizations.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • taking photographs for advertising, or other commercial, industrial or scientific purposes and to illustrate stories and articles in newspapers, magazines and other publications
  • taking portrait photographs of persons and groups of persons
  • studying requirements of a particular assignment and decide on type of camera, film, lighting and background accessories to be used
  • determining picture composition, making technical adjustments to equipment and photograph subject
  • operating scanners to transfer photographic images to computers
  • operating computers to manipulate photographic images
  • adapting existing photographic images to create new digitized images to be included in multimedia products
  • using airbrush, computer or other techniques to create the desired visual effect

Knowledge of techniques, principles and equipment of modern photography including still, motion, colour, and black and white photography,

  • Knowledge of film properties, film composition, adapting digitized images and their suitability for generalized and specialized photography
  • Knowledge of cameras, flashes, computers, lenses and films
  • Knowledge of how to control light and achieve different photographic effects
  • Knowledge of chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo
  • Good problem-solving and time management skills
  • English (technical finance related) Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the photographic related technical English terminologies
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant photographic and multimedia applications and programs
  • Team work or individual - job may require him/her to work alone or in conjunction with accounting, administrative and financial professionals
  • Work Context: 

    Photographers need to have a good sense of colour, and good hand-eye coordination and reflexes. They also need to be reasonably fit as they may have to carry heavy cases of equipment.


    Certificate in photography or related field of work, higher qualification or equivalent.!!

    Required Work Experience: 

    2 - 3 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Emirates Palace Hotel, National Consultative Council, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTC)

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Aerial photographer - Commercial photographer - Industrial photographer - Photo-journalist - Photographer - Portrait photographer - Scientific photographer
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Film camera operator - Video camera operator - Electronics mechanic - Photographic equipment repairer - Photogravure photographer - Photolithographer

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Arts, entertainment, multimedia and ITC applications
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    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi