It helped me, without a doubt. At the time, I was working at a full-time assisting job in NYC. Â The photographer, who shall remain nameless, was a very successful fashion and beauty shooter. Â And, as I learned soon enough, had a reputation as a screamer. Â He was always, it seemed, yelling for me, or anyone, to get this lens or that body or that filter or that reflector or whatever. Â Who knew what he was going to want next? Â Not me, that was certain. Â And yet, his yelling and screaming did help me as an assistant, and later as a photographer.
Strictly for self-preservation, I would try to guess all the things that he might need at any moment. And if I could, I would have them in my hands. Â It didn’t stop his yelling, but it made it a lot shorter in duration. Â Made me calmer, too, as a result. Â What I learned was to try and see the scene, the job, the moment, through his eyes and not mine. Â When I concentrated on doing that, I had a much better sense of what was going on in his head and what he might need. Â It even allowed me – discreetly, because he was a indeed a screamer – to make suggestions that might help him. Â I still don’t remember the yelling fondly, but I certainly do value it as a learning moment.
See full post here: Hunter Freeman's Blog2012-08-06.