All I Ever Needed to Know About Photography, I (didn’t) Learn in Photo School.

Pascal Depuhl lies on a grand piano standing in on a Versache photoshoot by Richard Avedeon with Nadja Auerman and Pascal Depuhl assisted Richard Avedon in the 90's. This polaroid was given to him by Mr. Avedon after being a stand in on a Versache campaign with Nadja Auerman and Kirsten McMenemy.

time. In the beginning, just watch, listen and learn. There are some really neat tips and tricks you can pick up. For instance – do you know why you would want to use a welding mask glass on a fashion shoot?  (If you know, shoot me a tweet @photosbydepuhl #TipsAndTricks.)

Personally, I will hire someone with a good head on his/her shoulders, who has no ego, and who wants to learn over anyone – even someone with a photography degree – any day of the week. Photographers want reliable, hardworking, smart assistants, who make the shoot go smooth and easy.

P.S. Some set etiquette:

– Don’t give a client your card or show them your book. Assisting is a time to learn – not to promote your work. That’s one of the fastest ways not to be hired again.

– Tell the photographer if you don’t know how to do a task you’ve been asked to preform. We’d rather you ask than do it wrong.

– Don’t tell the client that you would have been able to do a better job (even if you think that’s true). Good photographers are happy to hear your suggestions. Tell them out of ear shot of their client.

– Don’t fall asleep on set. Don’t do drugs. Don’t wander off. Don’t break out your camera to take pictures (unless the photographer has asked you to) – you’re here to work for the photographer and you’re not on vacation.

– Think ahead. Be polite. Stay on your toes. Work your butt off. Ask questions.

– Oh, and don’t forget to LISTEN.

P.P.S Who knows? Maybe you’ll have your picture taken by a famous photographer, with two supermodels, when your a stand in for someone famous …

All I Ever Needed to Know About Photography, I (didn’t) Learn in Photo School on Strictly Business, was originally published on Strictly Business the American Society of Media Photographer‘s blog.


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Pascal Depuhl - 8 months ago Reply

John,

Ha! You’re funny. Nope that’s me. A few years back my wife found a book on Versache with a photo from that shoot where Elton John is lying on the Piano instead of me. Good times.

John Greer - 8 months ago Reply

And here I thought you Photoshopped yourself into that shot! HA! Good Read, bro! Great Advice!

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