Photographer Assistant

The positions Photography Assistants hold change quite drastically depending on where the photographer they are working for is employed. Some photographers freelance for magazines or newspapers, while others are employed full-time with these companies. Other photographers run their own studios. Photographers may specialise in certain types of photography such as photojournalism, weddings, commercial photography, etc. Photography assistants are often employed on a freelance basis, but they may work full0time with large name photographers or those who own their own studios.

Duties and tasks

  • Carry extra equipment for the photographer
  • Communicate with clients to truly understand their needs/desires
  • Perform administrative jobs such as billing, keeping records, contacting clients
  • Prep areas for photo shoots, disassemble these areas when finished
  • Process images and prepare them for final editing by the photographer
  • Set up lighting for shoots/single photographs

Skills required

  • Excellent communication skills to communicate with photographer/clients
  • Knowledge of photography and specific photography techniques
  • Knowledge of photography and the ability to take impressive photographs when necessary/the photographer Is overwhelmed
  • No formal education is necessary
  • Technical skills, including digital photography technology

Working conditions

Photography Assistants often work in freelance positions, and these can be sporadic. For someone who loves photography, this position can be a great gateway to learning efficient and successful tactics from an expert photographer. It can however, be a high-stress, low-paid position.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Professional Photography 

Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance 

The Creative Industry Skills Council 

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