May 2019

Beginners Guide to Photography Assisting & Second Shooting: Part I

   The best way to become a Pro is to learn from a Pro. 

APA’s mission is to help educate the next generation of visual communicators. In that effort, APA DC is hosting 2 sessions: Presentation & Panel and a hands-on workshop with mock shoot demonstrations.

The Presentation & Panel will begin with a talented panel of Professional Photographers who will discuss what they look for in an assistant and cover a basic introduction to assisting: Roles/responsibilities, set etiquette, rates, attire, second shooting, digital tech, introduction to gear, best business practices and much more. There will also be a Q&A after the presentation. This is sure to be a great opportunity for aspiring photographers who want to learn what working Pro’s are looking for in an assistant in the current market. Light refreshments will be provided.

Questions and topics the panel will cover:

  •    How an aspiring assistant should approach a photographer
  •     How to get your first assistant job
  •     How do I find photographers to work for?
  •     What rate an assistant should charge
  •     What is the difference between a tech and an assistant?
  •     How long should I wait to get paid?
  •     What do you look for in a photographer you work for?
  •     What questions should an assistant ask when called for a job?
  •     What do you say if asked if you are a photographer too?
  •     What do you do if you have to make a call? Cell phones on set?
  •     Networking and social media?
  •     How should you dress/appear?
  •     Travel, Overtime, Cancellations?
  •     Assistants as employees/freelancers?
  •     How and should an assistant be picking up gear and equipment before & after the shoot
  •     Interns? Are they paid?

Presentation & Panel: Friday, June 14th 6 pm -9 pm

Where: Studiowerks 415B Walker Ct SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

APA Member: $15 Non-Member: $20

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