PDN's All-Star Assistants: Don Razniewski

By Libby Peterson

Courtesy of Don Razniewski

Type of Assistant: Digital Tech, First Assistant, Full-Time/Studio Assistant & Video Assistant  

New York City

Best Skills:
Administration/studio management; color calibration and color profiling; daylight shooting; digital capture and software; light metering; managing other assistants; photo archiving/image editing/image delivery; post-production software/retouching; still cameras: 35mm, digital backs, large format and medium format; still lighting: continuous/tungsten/HMI/Lowel/Kino Flo and strobes/flash systems; video editing; video lighting; website design and management

Has Assisted: Jorg Badura

“Honestly, I am not sure my words will do justice to my first assistant, Don Razniewski,” says adventure photographer Jorg Badura. Razniewski, who’s been working with Badura over the past six years, is particularly praised for his ability to roll with the punches. Badura recalls that on a recent shoot, when they needed to familiarize themselves with new cameras overnight, Razniewski was perfectly proficient with them by the next morning. Having saved the day many times, he gets the job done under any condition, “even with a broken toe,” Badura says. “And did I mention that he isn’t afraid of heights and he doesn’t get seasick?”

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