I think I need a fixer
September 6, 2010 9:04 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in hearing experiences from others that have worked with "Fixers" when setting up or actually out on a shoot. I'm usually a loner when taking pictures, but there are so many situations that having someone around that could help with literal and figurative interpretations and setting things up that I'm thinking I need the extra eyes and local knowledge.
posted by michswiss to media & arts (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've begun to explore the outer edges of Shanghai as well as other rural areas under the shadow of major urban developments and I've realised that I'm likely to get much better shots / visual stories if there was someone to collaborate with to help with communication and advance research including developing an understanding of local histories and social dynamics.
I know this is common practice in PJ work, almost a necessity when working on new stories and in unknown locations. What are the primary things you look for. What's the adjustment like having someone with you when shooting. What are some ways that having a fixer has helped you get something that you wouldn't have otherwise and how did you find them?