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Fashion, portraiture, documentary, sport and commercial. If I were to give you one of these genres, you would almost certainly be able to give me the name of one of its most famous photographers. These photographic careers can create superstars, global names like Annie Leibovitz, David Bailey and Don McCullen. Of course below these genres sit many other, somewhat more obscure branches of photography. Some vital, some not but all can rightfully be called photographic careers even if they do not have the same showbiz nature of the top professions. Today we are going to take a look at a few of these lesser known photographic paths.
Medical Photographer: Also know as biomedical photographers, this branch certainly falls into the vital criteria. Highly trained but often poorly rewarded, medical photographers cover a wide range of subject matter and skill sets. A medical photographer might record the illness and recovery of a patient, the trauma wounds of a critically injured person, before, during and after reconstructive or cosmetic surgery or creating training images for doctors and nurses.
Most medical photographers will enter the business with a good degree in one of the main sciences from college or university. They will not only be trained in photography but also anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
Photographically they will need to understand not only visible light but also ultra violet and fluorescent light. Macro and macro lighting is a large element of the job and increasingly video as well.
Medical Photography requires a huge range of different skill sets. By Phalinn Ooi
Cruise Ship Photographer: Imagine travelling the world, a different port every day, exotic locations the norm. In reality a cruise ship photographer might be working onboard the ship for up to 15 hours a day. His or her contract will be for six to nine months and they will be expected to work every single day. The job of a cruise ship photographer is to create and sell photographs and DVD videos to the passengers. They will be expected to take portraits, shots in the dining room and on the gangway. Virtually every day there will be a shoot of some sort. The photographs are either printed or displayed digitally and sold to the passengers. It can be a good grounding in working in a fast commercial photographic environment but it will not suit all photographers.
Most photographers are employed on a freelance basis meaning they need to provide their own equipment, medical insurance and very often a bond. That said, those with the relevant skills might find themselves working on the smaller, more expedition style ships where there is much more leeway for creative photography.