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Artistic Ability: Photographers need to be able to compose a shot, understand framing, color and light to create a visually pleasing photograph.
Business Skills: Independent photographers need skills to bring in new clients, meet with people, talk with customers, as well as run their own business, keep records and keep expenses in check.
Computer Skills: Most photographic manipulation is done through computer. Retouching photos, adding details, or other digital additions will be through a computer.
Attention to Detail: Photographers must have an eye on everything before, during and after the shot. Attention to detail makes sure that every hair is in place and nobody is photobombing in the back of the shot.
Interpersonal Skills: When working with people, photographers need to speak clearly and in a friendly way to get what they want out of the photograph.