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The Importance of Second Shooting

Capture Crew August 26, 2021 80

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When you’re starting off in the photography industry, you don’t know what you don’t know.

This is why second shooting is so important; you get to learn from people who have seasoned experience, from professionals that have been in the industry for a while (or at least, longer than you).

Seeing how other creatives work to achieve the same goal helps you in building your own brand, figuring out what to do and what not to do when it comes to photography.

“Second shooting should be about learning…”

Tom Russo

As a second shooter, ask for feedback from the main photographer.

Figure out what is expected of you, what angles you need to get, what content the main photographer is needing from you. Use the experience to grow as a professional in the industry.

When second shooting and when hiring a second shooter, the hope is that the second can progress enough to become a co-shooter.

It’s all about progressing forward in the craft, because photography is just that: a craft.

Even as a main photographer, taking those opportunities to second shoot with someone else provides that opportunity to get constructive criticism, figure out where you can grow.

“Being a second shooter is not a downgrade.”

Christora Osters

It may seem like you’re playing second fiddle if you sign up as a second photographer.

That’s not the case.

Being a second shooter isn’t a downgrade; it’s an opportunity.

One thing to remember: there is no one perfect way to run a wedding, or one way to pose, one angle to use. If you can observe how others get those picturesque shots, it could spark something within your own style that you can apply to your brand.

Put yourself out there and learn all that you can.

We think that you’ll find that being a second shooter has more benefits for yourself and your brand than you thought.

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