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Apprenticeship training course

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.

Full information on Photographer (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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