Skills Required to be a Medical Photographer
1. Should possess a good knowledge of the photographic process and related processes like digital photography, processing slides, special films and even video. Should be able to use various photographic techniques as the case may demand with equal skill, in the real-life settings of a hospital.
2. A reasonable knowledge of medical terminology, and an elementary knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and the manifestations of disease and hospital protocols is necessary. A genuine interest in medicine and science is as equally important as photographic skill.
3. Good computer skills for storage, indexing, retrieval, and distribution of images.
4. Database management skills as a large inventory of images, which are constantly updated, would have to be maintained, archived and linked to patient data.
5. Specialized photography techniques including, but not limited to, infrared imaging, fluorescence imaging, endoscopy, stereo imaging and photomicrography form the domain of the medical photographer.
6. In many hospitals, the medical photographer also manages audiovisual presentations for conferences or publicity events. Hence a knowledge of sound and amplifications systems, as well as projectors and screens, would be helpful.
7. Knowledge of medical ethics, and the laws of confidentiality and copyright, as the photographer would have to deal with information that is highly classified.