Third Shooter | Lighting Assistant Wedding Photography Pathway

pathways Jan 20, 2022

Goal: Build your skills to confidently fill the third shooter/lighting assistant role at weddings.

If you're interested in photographing weddings, but you're not sure where to begin, you've come to the right place. Working as a third shooter & lighting assistant (you will do both) for an established wedding photographer is the best way to start your wedding photography journey. Think of it as an internship (often paid) that will give you hands-on experience in the field and sharpen your skills as a photographer. The following pathway features a selection of videos from our Wedding Workshop Series that will help prepare you to confidently step into the role of a third shooter/lighting assistant.

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Overview of 3rd Shooter Duties

  • Lighting Assistant
    • Understand Lighting Conditions & Light Quality
    • Understand Impact of Various Light Modifiers
  • Photojournalism and additional angles throughout the day, including the following:
    • First Look
    • Baraat (for Hindu/Indian Weddings)
    • Ceremony
    • Reception

Section One: Lighting

Here is a list of the most important videos to watch in regards to understanding lighting as a 3rd shooter and also fulfilling your role as a lighting assistant.

Section Two: Photographing the Ceremony

These are the main videos to watch in regards to photographing the ceremony.

Section Three: Photographing the Reception

These are the main videos to watch in regards to knowing what to anticipate while photographing the reception. Explore the complete chapters for tips on lighting techniques.

Other Important Moments

You'll also need to work directly with the lead shooter to cover certain moments like the first look. Check out the video below for additional insight.

We hope this third shooter/lighting assistant pathway helps build your skills and give you the confidence to reach out to other photographers and offer your services as a third shooter. You can also check out the Second Shooter Pathway and general Wedding Photography Pathway for additional information on photographing weddings. When you have the time, it will be worth your while to watch all of the workshops that make up the Wedding Photography Training System, as well as our Flash Photography Training System, The Complete Posing Workshop, and more.

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