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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Assisting and 2nd shooting.

Q: I’D LIKE TO START ASSISTING OR SECOND SHOOTING FOR A WORKING PHOTOGRAPHER. I’VE APPROACHED A FEW PEOPLE BUT HAVEN’T HAD ANY LUCK YET. I HEAR IT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROCESS TO BECOME A FULL TIME PHOTOGRAPHER. HOW DO I GET THAT STARTED?

A: I hear this from a lot of people. “I contacted photographers asking to help and no one got back to me or they just said no.” Let me break this down for you from the perspective of someone who gets emails and phone calls asking if they can assist me. Also note that I spent four years of my career as an assistant and seven years as a second shooter.

First, let’s look at this from the other person’s perspective. The one who isn’t getting back to you or saying no.

A new assistant ...

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