Assistant Photographer Apprenticeship Level 3

Duration: 18 months

Assistant Photographers (or Photographic Assistants) generate original imagery. They work for larger organisations on social, commercial, government, scientific or specialist applications or for smaller, more specialist, photographic studios. Their work may be inside or outside, with digital or film cameras and producing still or video images.

Our programme is led by Anthony Milner, professional photographer and trainer with experience in architecture, interior, fashion, studio and product photography. Anthony has completed projects (some front covers) for publications such as Vogue, Grazia, House & Garden, FHM and World of Interiors as well as corporate assignments for:

  • B2C: Aston Martin, Tesco, Google, McDonald’s, Vodafone, Barratt Homes, Persimmon Homes, Chesterton Homes and Mexx.
  • B2B: Royal Institute of British Architects, Canary Wharf, Wimpey Homes, Savills and Frank Knights.
  • Ministry of Defence.
  • Individuals at his former high street portrait studios.

Membership of the Master Photographers Association

Photography apprentices with JGA are entitled to complimentary membership of the Master Photographers Association (MPA), a professional membership body for photographers. The MPA is run by photographers for photographers and is committed to sharing knowledge and experience to help guide you in your apprenticeship and onward as a professional photographer. With a qualification and mentoring system designed to promote continued professional development, the MPA are recognised leaders in setting the standards of professional photography today.

Course Summary

The apprenticeship focuses not only on the knowledge an Assistant Photographer needs in order to be competent, but also on the key skills and behaviours such as developing a strong work ethic, being adaptable, honest and able to plan, organise and communicate.

Being able to work efficiently with digital imaging software, identifying what needs to be emphasised in the images and taking images that achieve the viewpoint, composition and point of focus, including appropriate depth of field. Finally backing up digital images files whilst on assignment and recording metadata clearly and accurately are all key to success in the role.

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Delivery Model

The course is delivered through one full day or two half day seminars per month, plus expert coaching and high quality online resources. We deliver nationally. The majority of teaching is delivered remotely.

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