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Best way to become an Assistant?

Discussion in 'Studio Equipment and Lighting' started by Ppub101, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Ppub101


    Oct 10, 2005
    Asheville NC
    Hey guys, I am a college student, and I am trying to find ways in becomming a photographer assistant. I really want to learn lighting/ and just everything involved with commercial, or any type of photography.

    What is the best way to get into an assistant job? I dont care what type of photography it is. As long as I am learning, thats what I am concerned about.
    Thanks for your time.
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  2. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Practice, practice, practice.....

    If you can suggest to someone something that will imrove their photo, they would surely want you as an assistant!
  3. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    I'd suggest sending a written letter to all of the photographers in your travel radius. A well written letter printed on good stationary will get read, while an email or form letter will most likely get tossed. Include your email in the letter. Leave them something they will want you to answer. Keep it to one page.

    Expect rejecion. Accept invitations for a resume, portfolio, or interview promptly. If you get to meet a photographer, dress neatly, probably even a bit conservatively. Dont try to impress them - be your self, be comfortable, and as Ken suggested, be helpful.
  4. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
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  5. The suggestions so far have been right on the money.
    But I would add. Decide what type of photography you
    want to do. Then get yourself a copy of Black Book, or
    up here in Canada we have Creative Source. Look for
    photographers that come closest to the type of work
    you envision yourself doing in the future.

    Sending a letter of introduction with perhaps a resume
    and cover letter, telling the photographer why you are
    interested in working with them is the first stage. This
    must be followed up with a phone call. During this call
    your goal is to get in to see the photographer and show
    him/her your book and further express your interest in
    working with them.

    If you do get a booking, remember the successful assistant
    is the one that is always one step ahead of the shooter.
    The whole reason for having an assistant is to make the
    job flow easier. Be prepared to work your butt off.

    What you get out of it is the opportunity to learn from
    hopefully a seasoned pro. When there is an chance, ask
    questions, most good shooters are more than happy to
    explain why they do something one way or another.
    If you come across one that is not interested in explaining
    his/her styles and techniques, get out of there, all they
    are looking for is cheap labour.

    Your best bet is to work for a variety of photographers,
    everyone of them will have their own quirks and techniques.
    Absorb what you believe is the best of each shooter, and
    fashion your own style.

    Cheers, and Good Luck!

    My own preferred specialty is food. But I don't limit
    myself to only food. As a commercial shooter, I shoot
    everything from people to products.

    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 17, 2005
  6. Ppub101


    Oct 10, 2005
    Asheville NC
    Great Info!

    Thank you all who responded. Very usefull information. I will start researching photographers in my area and go from there. Thanks again everyone!!! :biggrin:
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