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has any one ever done
Old 08-15-2003, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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cruise ship photography??
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Re: has any one ever done
Old 08-15-2003, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wish!!! Are you talking about doing photos on a cruise ship or of a cruise ship? I would think you just need to think of it as a really beautiful model who is 600 feet tall and laying down on the beach. Make sure your assistant has a reflector of sufficient size! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Seriously though, I have no idea, but it sounds like a cool opportunity if you get it! Trade them a cruise for the photos! When you're done, let us all know about the experience in detail.

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Old 08-15-2003, 11:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i should have said ...worked as a cruise ship photographer
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Old 08-15-2003, 11:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Jason

I've been on a number of cruises and, of course, saw all the photography going on. A couple times I grabbed the photographers and asked "How does all this work?" I think that's what you're asking? Here's what I found out.

Most of the non-navigational services (shops, health & beauty, photography, etc) are provided under contract. Many of these contract companies span multiple cruise ships and multiple cruise lines. Almost all of the contract companies are European. Some hire Americans. The hires are mostly out of Miami.

The contract photography provides mini-lab processing services on board, as well as taking and selling images. As a photographer, you take a bunch or pictures and then spend lots of time down in the mini-lab processing prints.

Like all of the contract folks, you are also "filler" for the cruise director. You have to have everything from shorts to a tux and go to the parties you're not photographing. I've talked to a number of the folks that work the cruise ships -- it can be fun, but you have half a cramped cabin well below decks. It's kind of a group camaraderie thing.

If you're thinking about bidding a contract -- that's the only way to make real money. Although doing it for a six months or a year is fun. (The individual contracts are usually six months.)

If you have specific questions, shoot me an e-mail.

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yuppers.....
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Jayson,

First of all, it's good to talk to you again. I haven't been around for a while and just recently came back to GG.

My sister just told me she put a bunch of books and pamphlets in the mail to me thinking that it might be something I would be interested in doing for a while. I haven't recieved the information yet, but when I do I can get you some more information.

The one thing I do know is that if you don't have one already, get your passport NOW! It is a requirment for the job. Also, once you start the process of trying to get the job, it could be weeks or months before you're hired (the length of time does not necessarily mean they aren't interested). And the last thing that I know at this point is that the typical assignment is six months on and two months off, six months on, etc.

I'm seriously considering it. Who knows, maybe we can wave at each other as our ships pass in the night? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]



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It has indeed been to long...
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Re: It has indeed been to long...
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A member over at phototalk, Zuhl, used to be a cruise ship photographer. He's a moderator over at http://www.phototalk.net - He might be able to answer some questions for you.

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Re: has any one ever done
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Trade them a cruise for the photos! When you're done, let us all know about the experience in detail.


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Are you nuts?! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

The cruise line would get a hell of a deal there. Free photography!

An aquantince of mine does Theatre Production (lighting I think) on cruise ships. She's got the typical "This is great, but that really sucks!" stories. What it comes down to is, if you like to travel enough that being stuck in a cabin the size of most closets, sometimes not seeing the sun for looooooong periods of time, and in some cases, (Ship Photographer might be an exception) not being alowed to talk with or even interact with the passengers, then hey, it can be fun.
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