Photo Assistants

9 Tips for Getting Hired (and Re-Hired) As a Photographer’s Assistant

March 20, 2014

By David Walker

© Chris Birck

Jesse Ditmar assists Ben Baker on set as he photographs the first lady, Michelle Obama. Photo by Chris Birck.

Assisting is a time-honored way of launching a career in the photo industry–as a photographer, of course, but also as a digital tech, studio manager, or producer. Photo assisting is competitive work, however, and the key to getting steady work as an assistant is to distinguish yourself on set from the start. We asked two photographers (both of them former...

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