Photography Skills List

List of Photography Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Below is a photography skills list employers seek in the candidates they hire. Skills will vary based on the position for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

If you taking pictures, photography can be a rewarding career path. You can also specialize in different fields --- journalism, shooting portrait, events, nightlife, etc.. On the other hand, professional photography is very competitive; anyone with a camera can call himself a photographer.

The best thing you can do when applying for a photography job is to provide proof that you can do the work well.

Build a Portfolio

Along with a resume, photographers should build a portfolio around the specialty they are interested in. Make copies of photos and organized them in an album or on a DVD.

Create a Resume

At the top the page, include your name and your address, phone number and email. Include a section that talks about the equipment and photo software you own or with which you are experienced. Type a list of your previous photography experience --- if you're applying for your first professional job, list the projects you have done for free.

Photography Skills

Here is an alphabetized photography skills list employers seek in the candidates they hire. You should include some of these skills on your resume. 

A – G

  • Archiving
  • Artistic
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cameras
  • Cataloging
  • Color
  • Color Correcting
  • Communication
  • Composition
  • Creativity
  • Cropping
  • Customer Service
  • Design
  • Development
  • Digital
  • Digital File Delivery
  • Digital Imaging
  • Editing
  • Editorials
  • Electronic Image Handling
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Equipment
  • Exposure
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Flexibility
  • Form
  • Formatting
  • Good Eyesight

H - M

  • High-Resolution Imaging
  • Image Manipulation
  • Imaging
  • Imaging Technology
  • Implementing
  • Interpersonal
  • Lenses
  • Lighting
  • Light Manipulation
  • Locations
  • Marketing
  • Media

N - S

  • Organization
  • Patience
  • Patterns
  • Photo Shoots
  • Preservation
  • Print
  • Printing
  • Problem Solving
  • Processing
  • Props
  • Resizing
  • Retouching
  • Sales
  • Scanning
  • Self-Confidence
  • Shape
  • Shooting Film
  • Slow ISO Speeds
  • Software
  • Simplicity

T - Z

  • Technical
  • Technology
  • Training
  • Trying Different Angles
  • Using Balance
  • Visual
  • Visual Consistency
  • Web
  • White Balance

Type a Cover Letter

Type a cover letter in standard business letter format, with your name and address at the top, followed by the employer's name and address, followed by the letter. Begin your letter by briefly thanking the prospective employer for the opportunity to apply, then write about skills you possess such as ways you've successfully experimented with lighting or angles, or how passionate you are about photography. End the letter by saying thank you again or stating that you look forward to the potential employer's response.

The Interview

Be prepared to discuss your experience in a face-to-face interview. Memorize the lighting, lens, and camera that you used for specific photos in your portfolio. Arrive at the interview early and dress in clean business or business-casual clothing.

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