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Photography Assistant Duties and Responsibilities
While a photography assistant’s day-to-day duties and responsibilities are determined by where they work, there are many core tasks associated with the role. Based on our analysis of job listings, these include:
Prepare Equipment and Set
Photography assistants unload and set up the cameras, tripods, lights, and other equipment the photographer will use for the session. They also prepare the set according to the customer’s requests and the photographer’s needs, including placing props, determining where customers should sit or stand, and adjusting light sources.
Assist During Photo Shoots
During the photo session, photography assistants follow the photographer’s instructions and offer advice on how customers should pose and position themselves on the set. This can require directing customers to move, adding or removing props from the set, or changing settings on the camera. Assistants may also take some shots themselves.
Provide Customer Service
They book customers’ appointments, keep track of scheduling to deal with any conflicts, and answer customers’ questions about services. They also act as cashiers and process payments in some establishments.
Using image editing software, photography assistants correct blemishes in photos, including cropping photos and adjusting contrast, tone, or lighting. They also remove unwanted objects in the scene, apply digital filters, make color enhancements.
Part of a photography assistant’s job involves distributing edited photos to the customer through an online photo gallery service or in print. They may upload photos to the photographer’s website, mail them to the customer, or deliver the order in person.
Photography Assistant Skills and Qualifications
Both artistic and technically skilled, photography assistants feel comfortable working with equipment and collaborating with people. Employers prefer candidates with formal or informal experience taking pictures as well as these skills:
Familiarity with photography techniques – understand how to use appropriate lighting, shutter speeds, filters, and lenses for each job
Digital Imaging – basic image editing skills, retouching and enhancement of photos.
Customer service – photography assistants need a customer service orientation for handling customer inquiries, processing payments, distributing orders, and assisting customers during photo shoots
Creativity – their creativity helps photographers choose appropriate options for camera settings and lighting as well as create sets that are interesting and visually appealing
Interpersonal skills – successfully working alongside the photographer and customers requires people skills, flexibility, teamwork, and clear communication at all times.
Organizational Skills, Social Media experience
Physical Endurance - able to endure very long days on location shoots, carrying gear, props, and other physical activity.
Tools of the Trade
Experience with the following :
Photography equipment: Canon and Hasselblad Formats (cameras, lenses, lights, filters)
Apple Macintosh Platform proficiency a must.
Image editing software (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom)
Photography Assistant Education and Training
Photography and or Multimedia Academic Degrees are ideal.
Portfolio of work and demonstration of skills will be considered also.