Photo Assistant Basic Training

Sat 12th Nov, 2011 – Sat 12th Nov, 2011

Posted by Andrew H. Kim

Sony Artisans of Imagery Brian Smith is teaming up with APA New York Chapter Rep and photographer Tony Gale to present Photo Assistant Basic Training, developed and offered for years by APA chapters.

Get a major head start on a career in the photo industry.

With panel discussions, equipment demonstrations from industry experts, 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.

Master Assisting Professionalism. Get booked solid.

Day One

Kicks off with the popular “Assistant Panel” which includes experts on working as a photo assistant. Get real world answers to all questions from the attendees. Following the panel discussion will be exciting live software and equipment demonstrations with industry reps from Sony, Profoto, and Adobe. Learn from the pros. Industry reps will be on hand to answer all your questions.

9am- Check In

9:50am- Intro

10-12:45pm- Panel Discussion


Brian Smith- Pulitzer prize winning photographer + Sony Artisan of Imagery

Kayla Lindquist- Director of Sony Artisans of Imagery program + former photo assistant

Brad Trent- Photographer, Damn Ugly Photography

Esteban Aladro- Photo assistant + digital tech

Maggie Soladay- Photo editor, producer, + former photo assistant

Monte Isom- Photographer

 12:45-1:45pm- Lunch

1:45- 2:30pm- White Set Up, with Tony Gale

2:30-2:40pm- Sony, with Kayla Lindquist

2:40-3:40pm- MAC Group

3:40-5pm- Adobe Lightroom

5pm- Raffle

Day Two

Full on, hands-on workshops 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 etiqutte, the assistant kit, tips on getting work, billing, and how to deal with the dreaded cancellation. Following classroom discussion and demonstrations, participants will work along side the Pro Photographers to discover crucial pro assisting skills.

9am- Check In

10am- Splashlight Studios + Tony Gale

11-12:30pm- First Group Rotation

12:30-1:30pm- Lunch

1:30-3pm- Second Group Rotation

3-4:30pm- Third Group Rotation


One SONY NEX-5 Camera (MSRP $699.99)

Two copies of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 (MSRP $299.99 each)

Four Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW (MSRP $149.99 each)

Two Blinkbid Software (MSRP $229.00 each) 

Must be present to win; one prize per winner, one drawing each day.


All registered attendees will receive a special event handbook, packed full of valuable info and resources (pdf).

Breakfast + lunch will be provided both days

Separate registration for each day, required.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day

Day 1 – APA Members Free, Non-members $40

Day 2 – APA Members $40, Non-members $80

Early registration is recommended because space is limited. APA|NY  has an event admission no refund policy. APA Members must pre-register for Day 1 even though it is free for members. Your membership must be current on the event dates to be entitled to the member rates.

There is an additional ($3.19 or $5.39) Eventbrite fee
Join the APA and Save on Event Admission fees! APA Assistant membership is just $125 AND APA Student membership is just $55. APA helps you get more work and we have dozens of valuable benefits, including the APA Pro Assistant sections of theAPA National Business Manual.



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