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Become A Photography Assistant

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Working As A Photography Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $35,980

    Average Salary

What Does A Photography Assistant Do At Belk, Inc.

* Assists photographer in studio and on location;
* Sets up camera equipment, sets up lighting equipment and takes light measurements, white balances session
* Acquires materials and prepares studios for daily assignments
* Utilizes knowledge of digital system and assists in digital process
* Organize and pack equipment and supplies for location photo shoots
* Manages digital workflow for each project and traffics images and layouts;
* Creates file structure and manages on set digital workflow
* Verifies accuracy of file names
* Transfers daily files and makes processed images available for receiving
* Assists in restoring missing images
* Manages transportation and upload of digital assets from offsite photo shoots
* Maintains server organization
* Organizes photo studio and sample flow;
* Organizes merchandise into grouping of product per day and per background categories
* Preps and organizes backgrounds/props for photo sessions
* Paints, assembles and picks up materials as needed
* Maintains equipment and workspaces;
* Keeps workspace organized
* Monitors condition of equipment and requests repair as needed
* Monitors supplies and requests replenishment as needed
* Completes additional tasks as assigned

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How To Become A Photography Assistant

There are several possible paths to becoming a dental assistant. Some states require assistants to graduate from an accredited program and pass an exam. In other states, there are no formal educational requirements.


Some states require dental assistants to graduate from an accredited program and pass an exam. Most programs are offered by community colleges, although they also may be offered by vocational or technical schools. Most programs take about 1 year to complete and lead to a certificate or diploma. Programs that last 2 years are less common and lead to an associate’s degree. The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), part of the American Dental Association, accredited nearly 300 dental assisting training programs in 2015.

Accredited programs include classroom and laboratory work in which students learn about teeth, gums, jaws, and other areas that dentists work on and the instruments that dentists use. These programs also include supervised practical experience.

High school students interested in a career as a dental assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.


Dental assistants who do not have formal education in dental assisting may learn their duties through on-the-job training. A dental assistant or dentist in the office teaches the new assistant dental terminology, the names of the instruments, how to complete daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other activities necessary to help keep the dental office running smoothly.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Dental assistants must follow specific rules and protocols, such as infection control procedures, when helping dentists treat patients. Assistants also must be aware of what tasks they are allowed to complete in the state where they work.

Dexterity. Dental assistants must be good at working with their hands. They generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, using very precise tools and instruments.

Interpersonal skills. Dental assistants must work closely with dentists and patients. Sometimes, patients are in extreme pain and/or mental stress, so the assistant should be sensitive to their emotions.

Listening skills. Dental assistants should be able to listen to patients and other healthcare workers. They need to follow directions from a dentist or dental hygienist, so they can help treat patients and do tasks, such as taking an x ray.

Organizational skills. Dental assistants should have excellent organizational skills. They should have the correct tools in place for a dentist or dental hygienist to use when treating a patient.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require dental assistants to be licensed, registered, or certified. In other states, there are no formal requirements to become an entry-level dental assistant.

States that allow assistants to perform expanded duties, such as coronal polishing, require that they be licensed, registered, or hold certifications from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). To earn certification from DANB, applicants must pass an exam. The educational requirements for DANB certification are that dental assistants must either have graduated from an accredited program or have a high school diploma and complete the required amount of work experience. Applicants also must have current certification in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

In addition, many states require assistants to meet specific education or training requirements in order to work with radiography (x ray) equipment. Requirements vary by state. Contact state boards of dentistry for specific requirements.

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Photography Assistant Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Italian

  • Vietnamese

  • Japanese

  • Swedish

  • Russian

  • Czech

  • Filipino

  • Cantonese

  • Turkish

  • Greek

  • Slovak

  • Tagalog

  • Thai

  • Afrikaans

  • Korean

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Real Photography Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Fine Art Photography Assistant Red Dragon Editions LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $58,436
Fine Art Photography Assistant Adam Fuss Studio New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $52,175
Digital Photography Assistant/Technician Sante D'Orazio Studio New York, NY Jan 02, 2010 $45,914
Photography Assistant Green Lion LLC New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $29,218

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Top Skills for A Photography Assistant


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Top Photography Assistant Skills

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Location Photo Shoots
  3. Photographic Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edited photos according to owner's request in a timely manner using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.
  • Help on location photo shoots.
  • Set up, mount, or install photographic equipment and cameras.
  • Provided excellent customer service with a positive and friendly outlook.
  • Job Duties - ?Worked with photographers on lighting and camera set-up - Organized and managed studio production - Darkroom printing

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