In august 2008 I did something very scary. I signed up for a 3 day long photo assistant workshop. That probably doesn’t sound so scary, but I didn’t know anything, and I barely knew anything about photographing either. I had had my camera for only two years, and had mostly been just been photographing flowers in the gardens and friends in crazy outfits. The little I knew was self-taught, and I don’t think I had even learned how to take photo manually yet. But the scariest part was not knowing anyone. I have a little social anxiety, so going to a place with only strangers was a little nightmare. Especially when I was going to something were I didn’t really know what was gonna happen.
But I signed up anyway, and I’m very glad I did. I learned a lot, and it was a great inspiration. First day our “teacher” Yoo Sun talked about how it was to be an assistant, and showed us a lot of photos that he had worked on. Then he talked about inspiration and we started planning what we wanted to do the next day, when we were going to have a photoshop. It was the first time I took pictures of someone I didn’t know, and that actually knew what to do in front of a camera. There was an also make up artist and a stylist, and when you took photos the other people on your group acted as assistants. A big change from what I was used to, and so much fun! The last day we edited our photos while getting a lot of tips and tricks from Yoo.
I learned a lot does three days, and it also gave me a lot of inspiration on how to keep photographing and what I had to do to get better. So my tip to anyone who is considering signing up for a workshop is to just do it, even if it’s super scary. You’ll survive, I promise!
(Workshopen var forresten i Oslo og var arrangert av www.bildernordic.no)