Professional Studio Art Practice
An artist is a person engaged in an activity related to creating art, practicing the arts, or demonstrating art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse refers to a practitioner in the visual arts only. However, the term is also often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians and other performers (although less often for actors). “Artiste” (French for artist) is a variant used in English in this context, but this use has become rare. The use of the term “artist” to describe writers is valid but less common and mostly restricted to contexts like used in criticism.
Commercial Photography Practice
Commercial photography or advertising photography is used to promote and market products or services. Commercial photographers take pictures of products or subjects for a variety of commercial purposes. For commercial shoots, the photographer works within brand guidelines and an approved shot list.
A photographic assistant, also known as a photo assistant, photographer’s assistant, or also second shooter, is “an individual with both photographic and related skills who assists a professional photographer”. The work of an assistant photographer is often referred to simply as “assisting”. The photo assistant is most often employed on a freelance basis, but in some instances, photo assistants are full-time employees primarily in major markets and with big-name photographers. Second shooters participate in actively documenting an event by capturing more angles and covering more of the event than just one person can.
Photo retouchers work with photographers to alter digital photos for a variety of uses. As a photo retoucher, you enhance photos with computer software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Enhancements may include removing blemishes, adjusting colors or brightness, and changing backgrounds in the images. You may work on photos for a variety of reasons, from individuals’ personal use to company marketing materials.
A production assistant works on television, movie, or theater sets to support the producer or director. They get the cast, crew, and set ready for each day’s shoot. They help clearly communicate instructions from the director to the cast and crew. Other job responsibilities include:
- Preparing and delivering daily call sheets that describe the scenes being filmed and the actors and items needed
- Make sure actors/models get their makeup and costumes
- Announcing when each shoot starts and ends
- Identifying issues that occur during filming and communicating those to the director or producer
- Running errands and gathering supplies