Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 108

Thread: photographer's assistants network

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Oulu, Finland, Finland
    Posts
    6,299

    Default photographer's assistants network

    hello all!

    i'm restarting this thread which started a few years back by stereobox. looking for people to exchange ideas, tips, networking, etc and so on.

    i'm currently working as a PA and i thought it'll be cool to know more PAs and probably learn more about this industry!

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Pasir Ris
    Posts
    400

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    i'd like to try being one too but i'm in school and im told that assistants always have to carry stuff and i've got an injured right hand

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Hougang
    Posts
    1,507

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    cool~ count me in if there's anything coming up

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Oulu, Finland, Finland
    Posts
    6,299

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by coolin View Post
    i'd like to try being one too but i'm in school and im told that assistants always have to carry stuff and i've got an injured right hand
    yep that's right! Need to carry alot of stuffs! Probably u might want to consider other jobs if u have an injured right hand? Not worth aggravating your hand's condition for it. It might get worse and u can't press shutter with right hand then!

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Oulu, Finland, Finland
    Posts
    6,299

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by rOnGrEn View Post
    cool~ count me in if there's anything coming up
    sure! Why not share more about urself? Are u assisting full-time/freelance/part-time?

  6. #6

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Freelance/Part-time photographer's assistant here
    It's true being an assistant had plenty of stuff to carry, not forgetting getting yourself dirty and the background work for preparing every shoot But it's really a nice learning path which I believe needed if one really keen to enter the line.
    Last edited by Getz10; 18th June 2009 at 08:36 AM.
    Minolta 7D Noob
    WWW.TERRYCHUA.COM

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Hougang
    Posts
    1,507

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by drumma View Post
    sure! Why not share more about urself? Are u assisting full-time/freelance/part-time?
    doing my masters part time.. and parttime helping a wedding photographer on-off.. not so much as a source of income..but more of gaining experience and simply for the love of it..
    Last edited by rOnGrEn; 24th June 2009 at 11:03 AM.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Oulu, Finland, Finland
    Posts
    6,299

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by rOnGrEn View Post
    doing my masters part time.. and parttime helping a wedding photographer on-off.. not so much as a source of income..but more of gaining experience and simply for the love of it..

    Looking for more opportunities to be wedding photographer's assistant/2nd photographer..anyone got lobang?
    that's cool! i'm no expert in this line but probably u can speak to michael chan or Ah_k? or look out for opportunities in the market place! probably someone who knows this better can shed some light!

  9. #9

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    not sure if i qualify under being an assistant as well. I've been assisting alot of wedding photographers over the last four years. And i think that assisting the masters is one thing that will definately help you to learn the ropes here and there. But when i went on to shoot on my own i realised that most of the stuff i learnt visually from the masters i caouldnt aplly as well as them.

    So in the end its really about not just following the masters as an assistant. but also alot of asking yourself How and Why things are done in a certain way. On top of that you need to practise by means of shooting on your own or even trying to replicate and emulate what you have learnt. Once u are able to do that, add your own style to it to see what works best.

    Thats just a little sharing on what i know. =)

  10. #10

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    I also wish for more opportunities to learn...

    currently working in a bank but wish to become a wedding photog...

  11. #11
    Member lamergod's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Fratton Park, Portsmouth
    Posts
    1,511

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Cool i wanna be in.Im a 14 yrs old want fresh blood??find me

  12. #12

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    If you are only asked to just carry reflector and stuff and buying coffee for the team, I dont think you can really learn much from being an assistant to a photographer. Unless the photog is prepared to teach you and willing to share the tips with you, there's really limited you could learn by just being an assistant.

    Just my two cents.

  13. #13

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by cesoon View Post
    If you are only asked to just carry reflector and stuff and buying coffee for the team, I dont think you can really learn much from being an assistant to a photographer.
    if one can't even slog through the initial stages of buying lunches and carry heavy loads, then it's best that they might want to think of an alternate route to being a full time photographer.

  14. #14
    Moderator chngpe01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    9,863
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by cesoon View Post
    If you are only asked to just carry reflector and stuff and buying coffee for the team, I dont think you can really learn much from being an assistant to a photographer. Unless the photog is prepared to teach you and willing to share the tips with you, there's really limited you could learn by just being an assistant.

    Just my two cents.
    If your mind is switch off and eyes is open and yet not see, you will never learn anything even after 10 years as a PA. Don't expect to be spoon fed.

    Even the mere act of carrying the reflector, you can learn the behavior of lights and art of modifying lights to the subjects in many ways, more than just reading a text book.

    By carrying and placing the lights and looking at how & figuring why each lights are placed at certain angle and ratio of the lighting power in relation one another and to the subject in various situation, one will learn and understand the principle behind each action and situation. Again text book don't teach you.

    Nothing beats learning thru observation and an enquiring mind from real life situation.

    Don't expect the photog to teach you while you are assisting, you can ask him why certain actions are done (but of course do not make a nuisance of yourself)

    I even had PA younger photog before and have learnt many useful points and experiences, no text book can teach.

  15. #15

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by chngpe01 View Post
    If your mind is switch off and eyes is open and yet not see, you will never learn anything even after 10 years as a PA. Don't expect to be spoon fed.

    Even the mere act of carrying the reflector, you can learn the behavior of lights and art of modifying lights to the subjects in many ways, more than just reading a text book.

    By carrying and placing the lights and looking at how & figuring why each lights are placed at certain angle and ratio of the lighting power in relation one another and to the subject in various situation, one will learn and understand the principle behind each action and situation. Again text book don't teach you.

    Nothing beats learning thru observation and an enquiring mind from real life situation.

    Don't expect the photog to teach you while you are assisting, you can ask him why certain actions are done (but of course do not make a nuisance of yourself)

    I even had PA younger photog before and have learnt many useful points and experiences, no text book can teach.
    Good stuff

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Oulu, Finland, Finland
    Posts
    6,299

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    Quote Originally Posted by shinken View Post
    Good stuff
    second that. most stuffs are quite logical. if not experiment it urself first, don't know then ask. things like why use a reflector instead of softbox, etc.. i think these differences are quite obvious.

    also the non-technical stuffs, what to do when a client comes.. how to make them feel comfortable, etc.. if anyone can shed more light on this!

    i realised alot of assistants here are looking to do weddings. i'm not against it, but where are the advertising and other 'genre' assistants!

  17. #17

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    been doing adhoc PA for awhile
    corporate, commercial, wedding
    also second shoot for wedding / event

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Oulu, Finland, Finland
    Posts
    6,299

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    That's really cool soey! So how long have u been assisting?
    Quote Originally Posted by soeypixels View Post
    been doing adhoc PA for awhile
    corporate, commercial, wedding
    also second shoot for wedding / event

  19. #19

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    what i am interested in is how much do you guys get paid, if you get paid at all. because i believe different photographers pay their asst. different rate. Hourly? half-daily? or do they pay you for your skill or merely for your time?

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Oulu, Finland, Finland
    Posts
    6,299

    Default Re: photographer's assistants network

    PM sent!

Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •