Travelling Photographers

Key questions

  • What does a travelling photographer do?
  • What IT devices and software could make a travelling photographer’s job easier?
  • What are the legal risks and obligations a travelling photographer has to consider when doing their job?

 The Travelling photographer’s role

Work activities vary. However, common activities for most photographers include:

  • working with clients to discuss the images they require and how they want to use them;
  • seeking out appropriate photographic subjects and opportunities;
  • carrying out research and preparation for a shoot;
  • working in different locations and in different circumstances to get the right image;
  • using an extensive range of technical equipment, including cameras, lenses, lighting and specialist software;
  • communicating with photographic subjects, putting them at ease, encouraging them and directing them;
  • arranging still life objects, products, scenes, props and backgrounds;
  • liaising with other professionals, including graphic designers, writers, gallery managers, picture researchers, commissioning editors and art directors;
  • managing the processing and use of images, discussing technical problems, checking for quality and dealing with clients’ concerns;
  • preparing proofs for approval;
  • compiling finished products for sale, such as albums and framed prints;
  • understanding traditional film and digital photography and keeping up to date with industry trends, developments and new techniques;
  • developing expertise with software to digitally enhance images by, for example, changing emphasis, cropping pictures, correcting minor faults, or moving objects around;
  • managing the business aspects of the work, including administration, scheduling work, invoicing and basic accounting;

Which of the above jobs would/could be done in the office? What other possible duties could they have?


 IT equipment a photographer uses

What would the travelling photographer use the following hardware/software/apps for – what are features and advantages of each?

  • GPS
  • Diary management
  • Image editing eg photoshop
  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • WiFi enabled professional DSLR Camera
  • PC
  • Tablet ​

 Legal risks and obligations

A photographer is capturing and storing data about customers and is also in face to face with customers.

How is a photographer affected by the following legislation?

Health and Safety at Work Act

The company that employs the travelling photographers have a legal obligation to protect their employees against harm. What dangers do you think a travelling photographer might face in their job?

Data Protection Act

Travelling photographers store a great deal of personal information about customers – (digital photographs are one form of storage). The photographer and the company who employs the photographer have a legal obligation to protect that data. What examples of data storage and sending risks can you think of?

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act

All photos taken by the photographer are protected by the CDP act . Who owns the photos that a photographer takes? What steps can they take to protect themselves from copyright theft?

Computer Misuse Act

Each travelling photographer is provided with a laptop computer to take to jobs. What counts as Misuse of this device under the computer misuse act?