Professional photographer, Dave Rentauskas leads APA Chicago's Photo Assistant Basic training workshop on Saturday, April 29. Launch a career in the photo industry with this tried and tested program developed years ago by APA. With panel discussions, equipment demonstrations from industry professionals, and hands-on training, attendees will come away with the essential knowledge and confidence to build your own Pro Assistant reputation. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of professional assisting behavioral guidelines, including contemporary set-etiquette, and discover how this valuable training will get you more call-backs – more repeat clients, more work.
All attendees will receive the official Photo Assistant Handbook produced by PhotoShelter and APA. This handbook covers in detail crucial assisting principles with photographer and first call assistant interviews. Includes written job description for assisting, 12 problems that photo assistants are expected to solve, building relationships, managing your finances and much more.
Master Assisting Professionalism and get booked solid.
09:30A: Doors open / Check-in
10:00A: Panel Discussion
12:30P: Gear demonstration
01:30P: White seamless set-up / hands on training
04:00P: Workshop ends
Questions and topics the panel will cover:
The afternoon session begins with a hands-on workshop with much of the gear an assistant will most likely encounter on the majority of professional photo shoots. Many aspects of assisting will be explained in great detail, i.e. strobes, hot lights, flags, scrims, set etiquette, and the assistant kit. Then we will move into learning the basic principles of a white seamless set-up. Includes working with a pro photographer on working with grip and lighting equipment for proper set-up.
Dave Rentauskas, Photographer (Moderator)
Dave Rentauskas is an award-winning editorial and advertising photographer based in Chicago. Dave has been taking photographs most of his life, having gotten his start on a Polaroid at age nine. In the years since, he has evolved into a commercial and creative photographer of note. Dave’s photographs give equal treatment to subject, color and texture. Any casual viewer of his portraits is likely to recognize the care of composition that attends to every image. Whether his subjects are everyday people or celebrities, Dave always manages to maintain a balance of dignity and purity. And his eye for people having fun is undeniable.