In a recent post, we talked about how to find your style as it relates to photography and the discussion was really centered around just getting out there and shooting a whole lot. One of the ways to do this while also refining your style is to second shoot for other photographers during weddings whenever possible, which means coming along as the assistant (or second) photographer for the wedding day.
This is something that Erin and I still do ourselves from time to time, and we really enjoy it because it allows us to push ourselves creatively in a low-pressure environment. Since the primary photographer is taking responsibility for the must-have images, the second shooter gets a chance to experiment and try those risky shots that might not turn out. It’s a wonderful environment in which to learn from a primary photographer as well as practice your technical skills inside the camera during an actual wedding scenario.
Since second shooting is such a valuable thing, how can you be an amazing second shooter so that you can get more experience shooting? If you do a great job for one primary photographer, not only will they hire you again, but they will refer you to other photographers that need reliable, excellent assistants. So here’s my tips on how to be a GREAT second shooter. Continue Reading