How to Become an Assistant Photographer




Assistant Photographer Job Opportunities

Assistant Photographer Jobs - Canada


Assistant Photographer Jobs - United States



Assistant Photographer Job Description

Depending on whom the assistant photographer is working for, their duties can vary greatly. Generally, the assistant photographer is responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness of the photographic equipment. They are also responsible for testing the lights and setting them up for photo shoots, as well as loading the film cameras, possibly shooting as a backup photographer, and editing digital images.


Assistant Photographer Job Duties

• Managing the processing of the image and performing quality check

• Liaising with writers, directors, designers and any other professionals involved in the photo shoot

• May be involved in various business administration duties, such as bookkeeping and scheduling photo shoots

• Arranging the still objects, backgrounds, scenes, props and products for photo shoot

• Compiling finished products that are ready for sale

• Preparing proofs for final approval

• Communicating with clients, and proposing solutions to their concerns

• Involved in the use of a wide range of photographic equipment, such as lenses, cameras, lights and various forms of editing software

• Involved in research and preparatory work for photo shoots

• Seeking out appropriate photographic subjects or opportunities

• Discussing photographic requirements and negotiating with clients


Scholarships for Becoming an Assistant Photographer

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an Assistant Photographer. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Film Studies Scholarships and Fine Arts Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!


Becoming an Assistant Photographer: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming an Assistant Photographer. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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