Another pair of hands….

12 Jan

Assistants…whilst talking to videography guru Nathan Kalisch from Dreamspace productions ( www.dreamspaceproductions.com.au/ ) today about a fashion project that we will be collaborating on some and the subject of assistants came up. With lights, reflectors, diffuser and all the rest that is needed on most shoots an extra pair of hands came be the difference between a great shoot and a hard slog, however you need the right pair of hands helping.

There are two helpful types then there is the rest, the ones that hinder and slow the workflow down. The first type is the budding photographer, the one that knows the gear, how to change light settings, set up stands and understands the technical terms. They may not read the light or have the creative skills yet, but they are getting there. The second type is the boyfriend/girlfriend, they know nothing about photography and don’t want to, they are just happy to move lights and carry stuff which is great and I love having them help. The model feels that their partner is being part of their art, and the partner is usually happy to be included.

My wife assists me sometimes and that makes my life easy. After 25 years together she can read my moods and although she confesses not to be interested in the “tech” stuff, she understands a lot more than she lets on. The added bonus is that the female models have another girl to help them with that fiddly dress or stray hair.

 

Reflectors sometimes have a mind of their own or need to be held in weird, hard to reach places, it’s then that the handy assistant is more than just another pair of hands.

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One Response to “Another pair of hands….”

  1. Rosy January 12, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Nice Photographs.

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