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    Quote Originally Posted by Cursor
    BTW this PA jobs got age limit??
    u under or over age

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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade
    u under or over age
    I believe shoud be over age liao.... 30 years old...

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    Quote Originally Posted by engineermunn
    Photographer's Assistant?

    With some photog's out there charging so little, where got the money to pay for assistant? At the most, ask the groom's 'brother' to help lor...

    lesson to learn: serious amateur photogs should not spoil market by charging so damn cheap. You see where the money goes to know? Assistant, material costs, etc.... at the end of the day, the main photog should be happy if got enough money to buy makan!
    This seems to be the current situation where some are even offering free services for the sake of portfolio. I think many of us believe that even for portfolio sake we should strive to charge a bit, at least the transportation and f&b charges. Otherwise, it makes it even harder for increment in charges in the future. On that note, these pple who seeks for PA usually "offer a chance to learn" by tagging along and pre-warned that no payment will be given.

    Doing this once or twice, one will noticed that he/she is cheated of the money while the main photographer "claims" the credits. Ask yourself this, when the main photographer talks to their clients, the PAs are present? Don't think so man so what goes behind your backs you won't know or won't get to know anyway.

    But if the photographer is good, the PAs will get a good exposure and learning experience of how to, not just to take pictures, but to know the skills of customer situtations handling and how to cope with different circumstances.

    Just my neng jiam I wish those who do PA for others, get to find those who are very willing to share
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cursor
    I believe shoud be over age liao.... 30 years old...
    I think it's not a case of over or under age. It's the responsibilities that counts. You can be old but irresponsible or you can be young but very responsible about the PA works.

    It varies Different pple got different perspectives :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cursor
    How or where can I find part time PA jobs for weekends? Me wanted to learn more on photography. Also if this job suits me well, then may just quit my current job and become a full time PA. Anyway, being paid $200 per day is quite ok liao. And if one month can get 2K+ as a full time, then I happy liao. Somemore doing a job that is your hobby also.
    BTW this PA jobs got age limit??
    as for shooting on weekends, it depends on what kind of photography the photographer specialises in and offers his service on.

    there are so many genre and while some may require P.As, some don't.
    the ones that do the most work are those that follow their photographers on on-location shoots. and if these photographers are industrial/corporate photographers, then, they most oftenly don't work on the weekends as most companies are closed for the weekends.

    and if doing whole day wedding event photography, i don't think a P.A is required! but if its some studio shoot that involves the setting up of lightings and props, then having a P.A does help. but then again, it really depends on the photographer himself! and also, the scale of the whole set-up and shoot.

    yes, its a dream job for most photo-enthuasists. i'm really fortunate. the pay is not bad, the job satisfaction is pretty good too! but, nothing beats creating the shoot urself and controlling the whole shoot event. haha

    being paid S$200 is a luxury!
    u might want to look at around S$100-150/day for most P.A jobs. and remember, u only get to work when ur employer gets a job.

    but most photoraphers(i believe) will only stick to the same P.A they've used before... for these P.As know their style and temperment well.

    well, just sharing some humble experience of mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cursor
    BTW this PA jobs got age limit??
    i guess the main requirements for most P.A are...

    u've got to have passion for photography...
    and patience...
    and being physically fit and able is quite important(to me at least! haha)

    some of the equipments i carry... wow... let's just say that i'm dead beat the moment i reached home and just wasted away on my bed...

    i love this job though!
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    AGREED!!!! Some senior/ experience PA earning ard $200-$300 per day job inclusive of allowance

    Tats why I love doing P.A

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    Quote Originally Posted by v'sion
    AGREED!!!! Some senior/ experience PA earning ard $200-$300 per day job inclusive of allowance

    Tats why I love doing P.A
    yup! i agree with v'sion!

    some further suggestions...

    in the Stamford Road National Library in the Reference area, there are alot of books on photography and likes. its like a treasure cave to me!

    and there's even free magazines on photography for u to browse and photocopy machines to use to zap important notes and copies...
    and it has got a few books about being a P.A full time and how to survive in the 'corporate world' of P.A. very good book, and again, if u're keen to find out more, what to do and what not to, do read up on these books!

    well, jus in case u haven't been visiting the library!

    and Kinokuniya's Page One... u might find me there on quite a number of days jus browsing and reading up on their photography books.

    try it!
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    wow..it seem like being a P.A is not easy at all but at least can see the pros...at work...hahaha...so i wonder can we do P.A during weekends cos me in NS and wat kind of skill do a P.A need or u just need to carry things around???anyone care to tell me!!!thanx!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roosevelt
    wow..it seem like being a P.A is not easy at all but at least can see the pros...at work...hahaha...so i wonder can we do P.A during weekends cos me in NS and wat kind of skill do a P.A need or u just need to carry things around???anyone care to tell me!!!thanx!!
    i think it will be a bonus to have some prior knowledge of studio lighting set-ups. if u don't, at least read up and gain some extra knowledge.

    well, the rest are already mentioned in the earlier posts.

    carrying things around is... part and parcel of the job if u're working with a on-location photographer. how u conduct urself and how responsive and spontaneous u are, are huge bonuses too!

    a P.A also checks on location and alot of other minor details like checking whether the flashes fire off... finding power-point for the adaptors...
    quite a few other tasks too, difficult to list all out.

    of course the huge perk is working with a specialised professional photographer.
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    yeah!
    i can see some photographers asking for PA .. but not giving any incentives... but well.. if u dun mind... u can go for it... but who knows...

    i kind of agree with lorbert.. there are black sheeps in every industry i would say

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    Yah me 2 I dun mind working as P.A. I was looking for it and still looking for it. I dont pay is much of a problem as I would really like to learn from the exp.

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    sama sama...i really dun mind working for a good photographer!!!!the pay is actually another issues....if u can learn alot in one day and knowledge is up one leavel....y not???so where can i lookout for such a lobang!!!hahaa...

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    Speaking as someone who does employ a PA on a near full time basis:

    My PA's duties:

    Lugging kit
    Setup of location lighting
    Light measuring
    Gophering (coffee, lunch etc)
    Film loading / unloading
    Operating the notebook (when using Tethered digital)
    Equipment cleaning (in field)
    Client liaison (in field as required)
    Shoots non critical shots on the product bench etc.

    In return my PA gets:
    Good Pay (150 AUD per day)
    All meals paid for (on the job)
    Transport to/from the shoot location (from my office)
    Superannuation
    Full medical coverage
    Paid sick leave
    Training and practical experience (invaluable)

    Finally, I've been using the same PA for the past 4 years, she's reliable, hard working and loves her occupation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian
    Speaking as someone who does employ a PA on a near full time basis:

    My PA's duties:

    Lugging kit
    Setup of location lighting
    Light measuring
    Gophering (coffee, lunch etc)
    Film loading / unloading
    Operating the notebook (when using Tethered digital)
    Equipment cleaning (in field)
    Client liaison (in field as required)
    Shoots non critical shots on the product bench etc.

    In return my PA gets:
    Good Pay (150 AUD per day)
    All meals paid for (on the job)
    Transport to/from the shoot location (from my office)
    Superannuation
    Full medical coverage
    Paid sick leave
    Training and practical experience (invaluable)

    Finally, I've been using the same PA for the past 4 years, she's reliable, hard working and loves her occupation.
    wow...
    it seem like u treat ur P.A very well....by the way i hope u can share how u start out as a photographer??

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    Quote Originally Posted by roosevelt
    wow...
    it seem like u treat ur P.A very well....by the way i hope u can share how u start out as a photographer??
    Short version (of a long story)...

    I landed a job working in a camera store in the mid 1970s when I turned 15, it was a part time job, after school and Saturdays. The shop owner had amongst his clients the local community newspaper (published weekly) and the editor/owner saw some of my work and was impressed enough to ask me to shoot part time for them during school holidays and on Sundays. I PA'd for their main photographer for a year and then was sent out on my own on simple assignments and the rest is as they say history.
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    its not wether is jus a PA job .. but its how employer would compliment the employees


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cursor
    How or where can I find part time PA jobs for weekends? Me wanted to learn more on photography. Also if this job suits me well, then may just quit my current job and become a full time PA. Anyway, being paid $200 per day is quite ok liao. And if one month can get 2K+ as a full time, then I happy liao. Somemore doing a job that is your hobby also.
    BTW this PA jobs got age limit??

    u can try advertising urself here or at www.offstone.com

    or try some local photographers' website to enquire


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    Yeah. I would like to serve as PA. Please PM me if anybody is interested. Fees is not an issue and I would really like to experience how a pro photographer works.

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    One thing I should add, getting a slot as a PA is NOT easy as most of us who employ PA's are extremely choosy as to who we hire. If you've got less than several years solid experience behind the lens or a load of talent and a work ethic to match they you are unlikely to make it as a PA.
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