This week I began tackling a idea my younger brother Phillip and I have been tossing around for awhile now: training him to eventually become my permanent second shooter. I have 3 good gal photographers I like to rotate around to help me with my weddings. But there is something to be said of having an assistant who is trained to shoot the way YOU shoot, from the very beginning. It syncs up the entire day (the more you shoot with one person the better you work together) and makes post processing that much easier.
My brother moved up to Atlanta on a whim about 3 weeks ago. He immediately found a part time job but I can tell he’s wanting more to push himself. Phillip dreams of enrolling in the Art Institute of Atlanta’s culinary school once he has some money saved. But in the meantime, he’s taken on a real interest in my photography. Maybe not seriously enough to own his own photography business one day, but definitely enough to be my dedicated second shooter on wedding days and possibly even help out with my editing from time to time.
So on Tuesday we went out my apartment’s pool area and I gave him a crash course on the basics of photography. From shutter speed and aperture to setting his own white balance and metering properly, Phillip spent a good half hour soaking in information before I set him free. While I swam laps in the pool (and thought I’d drown during the process because I’m so out of shape!), Phillip walked around contemplating his shots. I limited him to 75 frames because no one ever taught me not to overshoot. I wanted him to have to think about the photograph he was about to take. To pre-visualize whenever he could. He took it to heart and produced only 46 images in one hour. Of those 46 he kept 29.
This is my favorite set from his first time with a DSLR. You can check out the rest on his very own blog HERE. Stop by and give him your feedback. He’s eating it up and I think it’s fueling his interest even more which is great for me! 😉