Photography Instructors

Photography instructors teach students at nearly every academic level how to shoot pictures, develop film, make prints, edit digital images, and evaluate finished photos. They work in high schools, teaching students the basics of shooting and printing black-and-white photography. They also teach at the college level, leading more advanced classes in shooting techniques, color film developing and printing, art history, and digital imaging. Others may work in settings such as trade schools or community centers. Another option is as a freelance photography instructor teaching workshops that last only a few hours to those that last a few weeks. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Photography Teachers
Duties Develop and implement a photography education program; lead class lectures on technical aspects of photography; teach post-processing of images either in a darkroom or on a computer
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • Speech
Experience Extensive photography experience required
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Helpful
  • Talkative
  • Drawing/Design
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Photography Professor (Tenured)
  • Photography Adjunct Professor
  • Photography Instructor
  • Part-Time Photography Instructor

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