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GOLD ADVICE FROM PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANTS – PAST AND PRESENT

Through my writing about photography assisting a lot of previous and current professional photography assistants reached out to me. Some with thanks, others with new ideas and support and a majority to indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events. I thought how good it would be to hear about their advertising assisting experiences. Thus I drew up some questions and here are the results. RYAN CREEVEY First off the block is Ryan Creevey professional photography assistant and studio manager at Hell Studios. I know Ryan from the beginnings of his assisting days about three years ago. Q: When you started…

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HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT – PART TWO

Hello everyone, welcome to part two of “How to become a professional photography assistant – Oh shit, I’m on set!”. In the previous post we covered how to approach a photographer to assist up to the stages of landing your first assisting job. For those initial steps check out the post here. For the rest of us, continue on. Let us slip right to where we left the last post – you had been offered a assisting gig. Get your pack on, ego radar out and muscles pumped because you are going to be a photography assistant. In this post I’ll share how…

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HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT – PART ONE

So you want to be a photographers assistant? There are many ways to become a photographer. Some people jump into the traditional Uni/TAFE model, whilst others self learn through on-line guides such as Creative Live and others head to the good old method of learning from the masters by being a underling. Each avenue has its benefits, yet I believe if you are serious about developing a career in photography then all paths lead to the ritual of becoming a assistant.  Through assisting will enter you into a world of agencies, art directors, talent, co-creators etc. Where you will constantly be humbled by…

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF A CAMERA BAG – CRUMPLER SEBANG REVIEW

Bag as home Okay lets get to it. A camera bag is a home for a camera. And a home provides  a safe space for ones things in an aesthetically personalised environment. So, if you were your camera what home would you choose? Do you need the mansion of camera bags with security features that is uncrushable and water proof. Or a modest home with space for multipule bodies and modular in arrangement? Or perhaps, like me, you are tiny house kind of person. Where function and needs meet whilst cutting out the fat. So remember a camera bag is the home…

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FUJI X-T1 REVIEW – Canon VS Fuji

The FUJI X-T1 was released back in February 2014. It has won a bizillion awards. Now I bring you the Max Milne take on this little pocket rocket. FUJI FOMO(Fear of missing out) :  When I first heard all the trumpeting about the Fuji X-Trans line I decided to purchase the XE-1 as a travel around camera. Great idea for image quality – terrible idea for usability for events or quick shooting. As I work a lot with moving subjects a decent auto focus system equivalent or better than the 5D Mark II is all I needed. Regrettably the X-E1 didn’t…

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POLY BOARDS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY – WHEN POLY MET FILL

You’ll love poly boards because they are big, cheap, light and have so many uses. I’ve been playing with poly boards for the last six months and they are a classic photographers best friend. Be your lighting setups daylight or flash polys will help you bounce, cut and shape light in a big broad way. Sue Bryce, Australian portrait photographer of the year, has been a guide in my implementation of poly boards. Sue uses painted poly boards for backgrounds and large squares for her models to sit on. I’m going to cover all of the what, how, where and how much details…

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TOP PHOTOGRAPHY PODCASTS

Just listen to learn. As photographers and assistants we vision new ways to keep in touch with the international photography world.  There are already a host of ways to stay connected; through on-line photography competitions, professional photographic forums, image hosting sites and Podcasts. Let us being with Podcasts What is a Podcast? For those whom are un-familiar with podcasts they are downloadable internet radio or video shows.  They can be watched and listened to using iTunes on your computer or on a smart phone App. Your favourite shows can be subscribed to so that when the new episode is available you’ll know automatically. Best of…

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