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  • USA, Los Angeles
  • Born in:1986
  • Assistant since:2013
  • Driving licence:Car
  • Personal car:personal car available
  • Passport:no
  • Languages:English, Russian

Photo Assistant, Digital Tech

Toma Kostygina

People, Portrait, Architecture, Location Scout, Fashion, Beauty, Reportage, Prod. Assistant, Stillife, Food, Landscape, Transportation, International Exp.

Know How:

Phase One Certified November 206

Also worked with
H2, H4X, H5X
Mamiya RZ67, Hasselblad 500 series V mount;
Canons & Nikons.

Specializing in tethered capture. Own a fast MacBook Pro with licensed Capture One, Photoshop and Lightroom CC, 27" PA NEC monitor with some tether cords.

Related skills:
Photoshop re-touching/compositing (advanced), Lightroom (advanced), Capture One (fluent).

I worked with both packs

and moonlights, ProFotos (8a, B4),Dyno Lights (MP 400), Speedotron (2405cx), alien bees/einsteins, elinchrom ranger kit.

For personal assignments did a lot of production work.

Kids Art School (all kinds of painting, paper mache, applied arts especially for theater and stage, sculpture, linocut, sketching).

Kids dance school (classic ballet, aerobics).

Past hobbies - weightlifting, bodybuilding.

Reliable and responsible!

References as assistant / Career

April 2015 - current - Freelancer at Milk Studios, Digital department - preparing digital capture gear for rentals.

March 2015 - current - FD Photo Studio - General Manager - everything from maintenance to setting up lights for a client

December 2014 - January 2015 - Michel Comte - assistant

Santa Monica College, photography department, completing the program spring 2015 (, references - Ford Lowcock, Craig Mohr, Josh Sanseri.

August - October 2014 - Intern for David LaChapelle Studios in Los Angeles (

October 2014 - Hugh Kretchmer
assisting, shooting behind the scenes, doing office work, on a needed basis.

Worked as a staff night club photographer for EOS Lounge in Santa Barbara, CA

Worked for DNA Imagery as a night life/event photographer (

Was an event photographer for Downtown LA ArtWalk.

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