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New assignment: Assist and interact

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We meet them every day. Whether we go to the bank or the cinema, they're always there to greet us. Whether we need a TV set or a spa reservation, an extra pillow or a wedding plan, they're always there to help us. They're the people whose work consists of helping, assisting, showing around and guiding other people. Let's see them in action and interaction!

For these positions, think of shop assistants, museum guides, cabin crew, holiday agents, front office receptionists, hostesses, holiday agents, tourist info representatives, bartenders, doormen, bellboys, bank clerks, sales people. We're looking for friendly professionals so appropriate settings and the right attitude are requested. Then, it's imperative the clients are not missing from your pictures. We want to see those who provide assistance and those who receive it together, talking and interacting. Your candidates for the perfect assistance in action shot should point towards a dinosaur skeleton for a group of curious children, offer a cool drink to a party guest, show a resort catalog to a couple, pick up someone's luggage, show opera attendants to their places. Authenticity is the key so genuine smiles and natural looking dialogue instances are strongly recommended. Avoid portraits of customer service representatives smiling for the camera. We want them to smile for and with the customers. Cliché images of single receptionists using a headset are not welcome for this assignment.

Best images showing assistants and clients in interaction will be rewarded with $300 for the first place, $200 for the second place and $100 for the third place. We'll also assist the winners' wardrobe by adding the very assisting Dreamstime branded T-shirt to assist them on any occasion.

Good luck!
Posted: 09/30/2011, 06:58:23 AM
For sure, this assignment is not for me. Taking people photo is ok, but ask them to sign the model release form is a difficult task for me. What do you think?
Posted: 09/30/2011, 09:52:32 AM
Well, I have felt the same. That's why so far, up to this point, all of my people photos have been editorial, and it's only been recently that I have been up able to effectively hustle up the nerve to do those. But we'll see. This assignment may be just the incentive needed to get a lot of photographers in our position to make that leap. We'll see. I want to make myself try...

I don't know it it will happen or not, lol. Would love to snag myself and extra chunk of money AND a dreamstime T-shirt though!
Canon, Olympus
Posted: 09/30/2011, 10:04:32 AM
I wish i could join in this assignment... :(
EF 100 f/2.8 macro, some 3rd party flashes and lighting equipments....
Posted: 09/30/2011, 10:05:39 AM
I think if we can make a credible scenario it would be ok. It doesn't have to be genuine as long as it looks genuine. I'm in! :)
Nikon D80
Posted: 09/30/2011, 10:19:43 AM
Staged or genuine, as long as you get model release forms signed. Once you get used to asking it's not that hard, just make sure you have releases in your kit bag an always get them filled in and signed before shooting :-)
Canon L 28-300, Canon L 24-70, 50mm prime f/1.4, 2 x Canon 580EX II F...
Posted: 09/30/2011, 10:27:18 AM
I can get models but how do I get a hotel lobby or doctor office?
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 09/30/2011, 11:58:22 AM
Well, I haven't managed to participate in the last assignment and it's a pity to me. Maybe this one I'll get to. Two different shops are in my plan, but I have to be careful not to get in to camera of a shop, because in a shop I talk about is forbidden to take pictures. Actually it is forbidden in all the shop centre. How do you think about the shoots in a shop? Are you afraid about cameras?
Nikon D800, Sony RX100 V
Edited: 09/30/2011, 13:05:38 PM
Hmmm....I have a photo shoot at a roller skating rink on the 9th. One of the images we are looking at doing is showing the rental of roller skates. We'll see how it goes :-)
Posted: 09/30/2011, 18:32:59 PM
this is absolutely out of my possibility.
Posted: 10/01/2011, 01:11:32 AM
This is definitely a hard one. I'm going to have to give it some thought, but there are tons of possibilities out there. Are most people worried about models or how to stage an acceptable image that meets the criteria of the assignment?
Nikon D80, Nikon D300s
Posted: 10/01/2011, 02:21:31 AM
It's illustrators time!
Nikon D610, Tamron 24-70mm lenses...
Posted: 10/01/2011, 06:17:01 AM
Are model releases required for this assignment? I did not read that in the Assignment notice. Maybe they are not required.
Posted: 10/01/2011, 09:18:56 AM
Model releases are always required if there are people in the shots. Only editorial photos do not need model releases and assignments do not accept editorial photos.
Posted: 10/01/2011, 10:07:09 AM
Thanks for making that clear, Red.
Posted: 10/01/2011, 10:57:47 AM
Not easy this assignment.
Posted: 10/01/2011, 12:10:53 PM
very-very hard - not only models with releases but also aproriate interiors
+ Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70...
Posted: 10/02/2011, 14:24:09 PM
This is an interesting one! Hope I`ll be able to join in :)
Posted: 10/03/2011, 14:32:05 PM
I never participate in these assignments... thought about getting involved this month. This ones a bit too hard for me though. I would need to get a uniform/costume, find a location, and then find a model that doesn't mind the very specific photo shoot. Too tough for me :(
Canon 7D
Posted: 10/04/2011, 00:54:15 AM
Wow, tough call on this assignment and think I will be sitting out on the sidelines for this one but look forward to seeing the results, but as someone above said I think this is made for illustrators :)
Camera and time :D
Posted: 10/04/2011, 00:58:58 AM
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