Working Photographer looks at the turbulent world of editorial photography through the eyes of someone been working at it for forty years -- and hopes to stay active for a lot longer. A quarter of a century at National Geographic has taught me to stay nimble and keep growing. That's what this blog is about.
When it comes to lighting you could do worse than take a masters class from Dave Black. Or you could just do what I have been doing today -- read his blog. This time I've been mining the great ideas he's been developing on using small strobes to light big venues, relying on the incredible high ISO performance of the Nikon D3S. Just amazing and worth studying in detail.
Just back from Peru and I got the news from David Schloss that the Aperture workflow video we shot back in March is now available for download on the MacCreate site.
Now this pretty much falls under the heading of shameless self promotion anyway, so while I'm at it I might as well drop the other shoe -- or two. Not only is this a plug for me and Aperture, it's also a plug for Scotland and single malt whiskies to boot.
You see, when David suggested we do an instructional video about my Aperture workflow I said sure. But then I asked him where he wanted to do it and said it might have to wait since I was going to Scotland soon. David's answer was immediate: "Why not do it in Scotland?" Well really, why not?
The more I thought about it the more I became convinced he was right and we just ought to go on a whisky distillery road trip through Scotland, photographing and doing workflow along the way. We'd see some great Scottish countryside, visit some historic distilleries, and just have a hell of a time. Which is pretty much how it worked out. Starting in Orkney we visited the ancient stone circle, The Ring of Brodgar, spent an afternoon at Highland Park and got lucky when we discovered a hapless bridegroom-to-be enduring an Orkney tradition -- a blackening.
Then down by ferry to Balblair where the whisky gushing out of cask nearly shorted out my lights and on to Glenfiddich where we saw every aspect of the distillers art, including a classic cooperage. Along the way I had to keep the workflow going (not easy when I was sitting in the bar at the Craigellachie Hotel surrounded by 700 single malts!) Which is the real point of the video, detailing how I work with Aperture on the road to keep track of thousands of images, organize my work, caption and keyword the pictures and just generally do all the things that make pictures valuable. I really have to get the system down pat so I can spend the maximum time shooting. When I'm in Scotland I don't want to waster time sitting in a hotel room staring at my computer.
My good friend Jim Turner was along, ostensibly to help with lighting and general brainstorming, but actually getting ever deeper into the legend and lore of whisky country. Now that I think about it this really was one of my better schemes. (And nobody survives in the world of photography these days without a few good schemes.)
David's Maccreate site has a nice sample clip. I hope you enjoy it. And if the video gives anyone a hand up with the task of digital workflow I'll consider it work well done, maybe even worth a wee dram for a toast. Slainte!