When most people think of a career in photography, they immediately imagine things like fashion, wildlife, sports and weddings. But that’s not the whole picture.
In fact, there is a whole range of weird and wonderful jobs a photographer can do including a couple you may never have thought of. Here are 5 more obscure ones:
1. Unit Still Photographer
Have you ever wondered who takes the photos on set for your favourite TV show or movie? Whether it’s promotional pictures, behind the scenes shots or photos to be used as onset props, someone had to take them and if you like the idea of show business, it could be you.
A still photographer has many hats on set. While their main responsibility is to capture images to be used in marketing and publicity, they are also sometimes expected to take set stills to help with continuity and scene matching or photo props such as a family portrait, drivers licence photo or crime scene shot to be used on camera.
While quite a glamorous sounding job, still photography is also infamous for its tough working conditions. Apart from working long hours in often challenging and distant locations, a still photographer must work hard to develop good relationships with cast and crew and be as silent and invisible as possible on set.
2. Underwater photographer
If being under the sea is your thing, you may want to consider a career in underwater photography.
Most underwater photographers work with dive schools and centres taking souvenir photos of other divers. To do this you can either be employed by the dive centre, or can offer your services as a freelancer, selling photos directly to clients.
Other career options for underwater photographers include marine photography for wildlife magazines or underwater fashion shoots for magazines and advertising agencies.
3. Aerial photographer
For aerial photographers, it’s all about the bird’s eye view, snapping photos of landscapes from a plane, helicopter or even satellite. So if you’re not afraid of heights and enjoy looking down on things from above, this could be the job for you.
As an aerial photographer, you can work either artistically or commercially. For example, you could work freelance selling your work to book publishers, travel magazines and even galleries. Or you could be employed by an organisation such as a government agency, a large real estate developer or a cartography or land surveying company.
4. Macro photographer
If you like to get up close and personal with tiny, hard to see objects and spend hours scrutinising the smallest details of everything around you, you may make a great macro photographer.
Macro photography is a type of photography that allow us to get an extreme close up view of really small things such as insects, flowers, snowflakes, hair shafts and food particles.
Macro photographers generally work as freelancers taking shots of interesting things to sell to science journals, wildlife magazines and as stock photography.
5. Pet photographer
Do you love animals? If so, you may like to combine this with your passion in photography to snaps portraits of people’s pets. In fact, you may be surprised how many people want professional shots of their furry friends and are happy to pay a premium price for them.
Pet photographers work for themselves offering a range of services to private clients. Some common jobs include photo shoots in a studio or client’s home, dog shows or pet adoption events.
Some pet photographers also specialise in equine photography, taking photos at horse shows, races and equestrian centres.
A photography course can also be combined with a range of other education and technical training to yield even more weird and wonderful careers in areas such as forensics, insurance investigation, medical photography and astrophotography (taking photos of the stars).
So whether you like things big or small, furry or human, up high or down very low, a photography career is only really limited by your imagination.