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Photographer's Assistants assist Photographers in taking and developing photographs.


  • assists qualified photographers in photo shoots
  • sets up studio for shoots
  • arranges cameras and film
  • organises lighting and other photographic equipment
  • locates props for photo shoots
  • takes photos
  • develops and print photos
  • scans photos into a computer
  • edits and formats pictures and saves them to disk
  • may mount photographs and set up exhibits.


  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

To become a Photographer's Assistant

  • You can work as a Photographer's Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a course in photography or photo imaging may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Find a Certificate in Photography or Photo Imaging

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    SkillFinder is a project funded by the Australian Government, through the Digital Skills Platform Program.

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