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Creative Photography Assistant Job

DATE: Aug 8, 2017

CITY: Columbus, OH, US, 43219

Company: DSW

Req #: 73703 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Marketing 


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes. We understand shoes bring out something great from within, and since 1991 we've been helping everyone feel the rush of finding that perfect pair. So when you work for DSW, you become a part of all that. A family whose core values are comprised of passion, accountability, collaboration, and humility. You become one of us, You become a Shoe Lover!


General Summary: Passionate, driven, and curious photographer responsible for supporting and leading photo shoots for marketing lifestyle imagery. Collaboration, attention to detail, and a point of view is a must to thrive in our fun, hardworking, and creative atmosphere. Will work closely with photography and production leads to provide best in class images that break through to the customer.

Reports to: Sr. Photo Art Specialist


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist senior level photographers in all aspects to ensure the shoot runs smoothly
  • Operate digital photography equipment, including computers, cameras and studio lighting
  • Participate in the building/construction of sets as needed
  • Maintain cleanliness of studio including, floor and backdrops, painting as needed
  • Trouble shoot any camera and/or equipment issues as needed
  • Set up, light and style products as needed ensuring technical, creative and brand integrity within designated deadlines
  • Second shoot on and off-figure as needed, producing technically and aesthetically sound images adhering to the DSW brand guidelines
  • Effectively communicate with and provide images to multiple departments in a timely and organized manner
  • Collaborating with the creative, strategy, and merchant team on a variety of creative projects, and lending your point of view on ways to improve and further build our brand
  • Organizing, naming, and resizing image files properly
  • Able to take direction and execute consistently with the project’s goals
  • An interest in social and cultural trends and fashions
  • Able to travel
  • Energetic, passionate, driven, and self-starter


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Proficiency with Capture One Pro and ability to operate mac OS X systems
  • Proficiency with Canon camera and Profoto lighting systems
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Some experience or knowledge of digital asset management workflows such as adobe experience manager
  • Ability to exercise independent discretion and make decisions in a time sensitive environment
  • Strong prioritizing, interpersonal, problem solving, presentation and planning skills
  • Demonstrate collaborative skills and ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high volume and deadline-oriented environment
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and time management skills
  • Experience with product and talent in lighting, styling, and composition


Experience: 2+ yrs experience in studio environment operating digital photo equipment and/or photo production


Education: Bachelor’s degree in photography or equivalent experience


Preferred Qualifications: See Required Skills and Competencies

DSW believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate against any protected class including race, color, religion, religious creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (defined as genetic information or impairments related to cancer), ancestry, marital status, family care leave, military and veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or based on any protected category under federal, state, or local laws. DSW also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and associates with disabilities unless doing so creates an undue hardship, in accordance with all legal requirements. Any applicant or associate who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job should contact Human Resources to request that accommodation. 


Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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