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  • USA, New York City
  • Born in:1995
  • Assistant since:2018
  • Driving licence:no driving licence
  • Personal car:no personal car
  • Passport:yes
  • Languages:English

Photo Assistant, Digital Tech

Benjamin Sunkyong Kim

People, Portrait, Architecture, Location Scout, Fashion, Beauty, Stillife, Food, Landscape

Know How:

- I'm Korean American and I can speak both languages.
- Living in Queens, NY. Can travel to Manhattan or near location but not too far. The transportation is quite limited as I dont have a car.
- Wasn't active since 2020 due to COVID-19 situation but currently working as a busy assistant.
- Majored in BFA Photography.
- I'm a tech geek and I like searching about info related to camera, computer, and more.
- I want to explore different types of photography as an assistant!
- Will become a professional photographer one day.

- I used many Profoto gears for almost 6 years from SVA except for the latest power pack.
- Familiar with many Profoto light shaping tools but curious to try unique gears such as giant parabolic umbrella.
- I also did OCF.

Camera system
- I mainly used Sony but I also used Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Leica, Hasselblad, and Phase One.
- Totally familiar with most lenses on each brand. Cause I tried to rent and use every single time.

- Mac is my main computer and I love it! I'm also using Apple Silicon Mac and I know well.
- I have M1 Max MacBook Pro.
- Not familiar with Windows, sorry. I never seen anyone using PC for photography so far... I'm not lying or be the first for me.

- Capture One

Pro is my main software for editing. I always use the latest version.
- I also use Photoshop and Lightroom but not that much.
- ChronoSync for backup solution.
- Set.a.light 3D is my fav software to simulate the studio setting!
- I use tethering with Capture One Pro.

- I used to shoot a lot of films with 35mm and medium format camera. I also tried a large format.
- Medium format was my main camera. I still have films to shoot but dont have a camera.
- I used Pentax 67, Mamiya 67, and Hasselblad V series
- I can develop B&W films.
- I shot both B&W and Color films.

Availability and rate (2023)
- My availability is quite free unless I get works regularly.
- My usual rate is $300 per session or less than 8 hours. I do get $200~300 just for 3 hour sessions but rarely. But since I need more connections and knowledge I can negotiate with great photographers.
- Digital Tech rate is $500. I also have some digitech equipment that you can rent separately.
- I'm a legal citizen and I have no issues to work in NYC.
- I'm able to travel and work in South Korea as I lived there for a while. If you need an assistant to travel along with you, that's me.

References as assistant / Career

SVA BFA Photography 2018 (Graduated)

SVA Studio class Assistant from 2018 to 2020.

Member of ASMP.

Phase One Certified Professional since 2018 but didnt really updated since 2020. But they are keeping all POCP from 2018, I'm still hold POCP. Also a beta tester for Capture One Pro.

Assisted since 2018 for portrait, architecture, fashion, studio, and more. Also open for other types of photography.

Freelance photo assistant and digital tech.

Portrait photographer and visual artist

Follow me on @skkp5

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