Kat Ryals is interested in antique and pinhole cameras, historic fashion and culture, as well as modern pop culture and digital photography. She is finishing up her BFA in Photography at SCAD and plans to move to NYC after graduation. Her most recent series is titled “Manimals.”
Nan Goldin is looking for a studio manager. This is a four day a week job for a highly organized and responsible person with excellent office, communication and photo skills.
You might be great with lighting and shooting, but for most shots, without a food stylist or prop stylist, your work just isn’t going to look competitive with the big shooters. Add retouching to that, as genius Photoshop work is essential.
The steps involved with food/still life photography:
1) Plan a beautiful shot, based on original ideas and generate comps (never copy a magazine tear sheet and present it as your own.)
2) Hire a food or prop stylist.
3) Spare no expense on props and/or food.
4) On the day of the shoot, light the shot to the best of your ability. THINK like a retoucher: Shoot the scene without any food or props in it, as this can be the base layer for your retoucher. (Note: make sure if your background is not in focus in your final shot, that you take a shot of the background in-focus for the retoucher.) If there are multiple dishes or props in the shot, consider shooting each one individually to comp together to make your shot in post.
4.5) Shoot Variations: i.e. Glass of iced tea with the straw, without the straw, with the lemon, without the lemon, with a different glass etc., etc., etc.
Just a few days ago I spoke with a photo assistant who’s identity he/she asked not be revealed. After getting her/his BFA in Photography she/he worked for a photographer in Savannah, GA for about 6 months before moving to LA. Once in LA she/he began working for a catering company and trying to find assisting jobs.
This week’s photographer is Theron Humphrey. Theron is a staff photographer for Cold Water Creek, working out of their studio in Idaho, and also teaches online photography courses for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He holds an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and a BA in Photography from Milligan College, Johnson City, TN.
Theron grew up in the South and spent summers on his grandfather’s farm in rural North Carolina. His latest work, titled South, Hwy 17, is an attempt to come to terms with his grandfather, “a man I feared, but grew to love”, in the waning days of his grandfather’s life.
I just read an article on pdnonline.com which sums up their assisting survey. Here are a few quotes and I’ll put a link at the bottom to the entire article:
One of our goals was to find out how assistants find work. The responses to several questions we asked about that can be boiled down to one guiding principle:
On Friday I took Oliver to the Jepson (our local modern art museum) for their monthly art education class for toddlers. The theme this week was Portraiture, and they introduced the concept by taking the kids to see their new exhibit of Ellen Susan’s work, and then showing them some big posters of famous works and having them call out “portrait” or “not portrait”.
I love the Jepson’s art ed classes for little ones, because they always include a visit to the galleries and the introduction of a new concept. There’s an art project too, and a fully stocked art room, so it’s lots of fun. And it’s important for me to be reminded that Oliver, even at 3.5, can learn some of the basics and not just do arts and crafts. He already likes to use our family snapshooter (Canon G9, currently disabled by beach sand) to take photos of Greg and I, and he loves using the Mac’s PhotoBooth to take photo and video of himself – it seems a small leap from there to introduce the concept, and I will try to remember to do it.
I received a letter a few years back from a young RISD Photography graduate with a BFA in hand. The letters got my attention and I thought he had a great idea for getting assisting work. He purchased envelopes with a place for a business card and he wrote a letter which he tucked into the envelope along with his assisting resume.