Photography Technique / Re: How do you become so famous that you have assistants to do it all for you?« on: March 17, 2014, 06:17:17 AM »
However I never see sports photographers with assistants. I can't see where/how they would? Carrying their gear to the playing field?
Um…yes. Schlepping gear. I admit the last time I worked a pro game, I was still shooting film. In recent years I shoot sports almost entirely for colleges and conferences, but in my newspaper days, it was not uncommon to see at least one photographer at the NFL game who was equipped head and shoulders above everyone else. This was probably the Sports Illustrated guy, or maybe, in those days, Inside Sport (now defunct). These shooters often had an assistant who would hold the 400mm 2.8 while the photographer was shooting with the 600mm 4.0. At intervals, they'd trade.
Perhaps more important at the time was having an assistant to hand you a body freshly loaded with film when a play was about to start and there were only about 6 frames left on the roll.
But, as the poster observes, assistants in sports may have gone the way of the dodo in the age of digital and ever tightening budgets.