Last week we spoke with Drew Gurian, first and full-time photography assistant to internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally. For the past four years, Drew has become quite the multitasker – assisting Joe on everything from shooting the world’s largest telescope for National Geographic, to staying up all night to take 3-hour long exposures in the middle of the desert, to video recording a behind-the-scenes look at Joe shooting a very big but gentle elephant under a circus tent.
We learned all about the setup, gear, and technique that Joe McNally, Drew Gurian, and the rest of the team used during these shots. But perhaps more importantly, over the course of the hour video interview below, Drew outlined his five main reasons why working as a photography assistant is worth it.
Here are a few of our notes:
You can join Drew Gurian and Joe McNally for a very special workshop on September 11 in New York City as part of Luminance 2012. Joe McNally is holding two limited-seating workshops, along with Robert Seale, Zack Arias, and Brian Smith. Find out more about the workshop and the 26 speakers at the conference the following day – including Facebook, Google, 20×200, Getty Images, and more.
For even more information on the value of photo assisting and to hear from other pro photographers like Vincent Laforet, Robert Seale, and Tim Mantoani on what they look for in a photography assistant, download our free Photo Assistant’s Handbook. The guide is packed with key insights on how to succeed as a photo assistant, including the 40+ items every assistant needs now and the 12 problems all assistants are expected to solve.
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