Freelance: a photographer who works for themselves, selling your work to anyone who is willing to buy them. They may get temporary assignments from a magazine or a company, for example, for a set fee but after they are free to photograph what the want.
Benefits: freelance photographers can almost always choose there own hours and do the type of work that you enjoy and all the profits they make are their own.
Negatives: include a lot of determination to create a name for themselves and to create a small business, they do not get a set amount of money so it can be risky.
An example of a freelance photographer is Steven McCurry, here is an example of some of his work:
Fixed term contracts: A photographer that is on a fixed term contract will work with a client, such as a magazine or a business and have a short contract whereby they will fulfil what the client wants and then they will stop working with the client.
Benefits:ideal for fulfilling a specific task, allows for accurate budgeting, all the paper work is dealt with so all the photographer needs to do is take the images.
Negatives: Not much opportunity to explore other genres or be creative, you have a deadline so you can’t be flexible and do the project in you own time.
Here is an example of a photography you can get with a fixed term contract:
Permanent contract: a photographer who will work with a client for a long period of time, the photographer will be part of the company or business and produce photography for them doing repetitive work according to what the client wants.
Benefits: set pay checks, the photographer
Negatives: photographer may not be able to expand into other means of photography due to the work being time consuming.
Here is an example of a permanent photography job:
Apprenticeships: a photographer who is both employed and learning the trade at the same time.
Benefits: you learn on the job whilst also being paid, you can also get a qualification and work your way up on the job.
Negatives: you won’t earn as much money as other photography employments, you can’t expand and do your own ideas of photography.
Here is an example of an apprenticeship in photography: