How many weddings have you been to in your lifetime where there was a single photographer snapping shots faster than the speed of light? Well – almost! You generally don’t see a photography assistant as everything is happening in real time and many of the tasks allocated to an assistant aren’t necessary under this setting. Fashion photographers, on the other hand, invariably have one or more assistants with them at each and every shoot. Have you ever wondered why this is?
A Photographer Needs to Stay with the Lens
Many of the tasks assigned to an assistant enable the photographer to stay with the lens. When lighting needs to be adjusted, the assistant can reposition the lights whilst the photographer looks through the lens. At the moment the lighting is perfect for the shot he/she is trying to capture, it is easy to have the assistant stop right there. The same holds true for positioning the model, changing backdrops or even running for props that would enhance the setting the photographer is going for. If the photographer was to stop every time an adjustment needed to be made, it would take hours to get a single shot as opposed to moments with the help of an assistant. Read more…