Photographer (level 4)
Carrying out skilled work in the photographic industry utilising common photographic knowledge and skills.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
- Typical duration
- 18 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Creative and design
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Comply with legislation, regulations and guidance including copyright and health & safety.
- Provide necessary permissions for use of images and issue licenses for own work as required.
- Use reliable information to keep up-to-date with the new tools, equipment, and other related technology, and how they affect own work.
- Discuss with the customer/client the purpose of the work, objectives, the deadline, budget and amount of flexibility in meeting the brief.
- Use the information gathered from the customer/client to review, evaluate and select the preferred approach to the work.
- Prepare and present the possible approaches to the brief to the client/customer.
- Identify and mitigate health and safety issues likely to arise from the brief.
- Manage own workload and operate both individually and as part of a wider photographic team, keeping internal and external stakeholders updated on progress and reporting any issues arising.
- Manage developing situations with customers/clients such as customer relations, complaints, dissatisfaction and business environment and know when to escalate these as required.
- Select equipment and resources suitable for the task considering, the end purpose of the imagery, the location and existing light conditions.
- Assemble and position equipment safely, checking for any issues and carrying out repairs as required.
- Determine the camera settings and lighting arrangements to meet the task and adjust if required.
- Take images that achieve the viewpoint, composition and point of focus.
- Record, clearly and accurately, information required throughout workflow.
- Embed copyright and other key metadata information in images in standard image file formats.
- Assign keywords to classify images including by content, topic and concept.
- Manage key metadata so it is preserved throughout the workflow to storage.
- Export finished content or work-in-progress with metadata, from post-production systems to the customer/client.
- Determine an agreed approach with the client/customer to be adopted for retouching the image(s) in line with their requirements.
- Produce retouched images, check the quality of the retouched images against client requirements and workplace standards.
- Follow protocol to save the retouched image files in the correct format ready for outputting or storage.
- Implement workplace security procedures to check the system security, virus protection and file security.
- Diagnose any problems in the imaging system using problem solving techniques.
- Review and implement procedures in place to maintain a history of all image files.
- Undertake continuing professional development within the role, reflecting systematically on progress and identifying opportunities for meaningful improvement.
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