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Photography careers give you a chance to expand on your technical photography skills and learn how to apply your expertise within a business setting. Courses can lead to a number of job opportunities, from travelling as a photojournalist to editing and repurposing images as a digital retoucher. TAFE NSW qualifications can also lead to a job as a studio manager, photographer, digital operator or a photographic assistant.

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Julijana Griffiths

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"I have learnt so much, this goes much deeper than previous workshops I had attended or YouTube tutorials. This is on a different level."

Julijana, photography student

Photographer Julijana Griffiths says she knew how to take photographs and knew her camera – but needed to formalise her knowledge. Studying Photography at TAFE NSW was the natural way to enhance her career skills.

"My TAFE NSW teachers used their industry connections to offer real-life photography experiences," says Julijana. "My teacher Linda still works in the industry and shares her working scenarios with us, that’s a great dimension to have."

The results were astounding: Julijana made the final stages of Capture magazine Australasia's Top Emerging Photographer Competition 2018; and the nation's largest photography competition, Head On.

Check out some images from Julijana's photo-essay Prisoner of Age, submitted to Capture. It features images of her father, Gordon.

Photos: Julijana Griffiths

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What job opportunities could a photography course lead to?

A photography course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from travelling as a photojournalist to editing and repurposing images as a digital retoucher. Qualifications in photography can lead to a job as a studio manager, photographer, digital operator or a photographic assistant.

Photography is a growing industry and there are currently 13,000 photographers employed in Australia. 

Whether you're just starting out in your photography career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE NSW courses in the area include Digital Photography Introduction, Photography and Photo Imaging, Visual Arts, Traditional Illustration Techniques, Capturing, producing and editing digital images and Black and White photographic printing.