Profoto manufactures some of the finest lighting equipment in the world, but they also stay focused on excellent education and creative ways to help you raise the bar on the quality of your images. This short video is part of their "Master Series" on YouTube. It's an interview with Albert Watson, and I've shared a couple of their previously released background stories here at SCU.
While we all know and recognize so many of his images, there's something remarkable about hearing the story directly from Albert. And, there's a sidebar to every story which further emphasizes the importance of knowing your gear and the craft. The final image of "Golden Boy" was the result of two Polaroids and only four frames. That's all Albert Watson had to work with when the subject didn't want to be photographed any longer. (Remember, this image was captured in 1990. There was no digital photography and the Polaroids were the only way to get a proof shot before the final image.)
To read the complete article that goes with the video below, click on "Golden Boy" to the right.
If you haven't visited Profoto's YouTube channels, it's time to wander over. There are 147 videos in the ProfotoUS channel and 216 in the Profoto Global channel. While there's some overlap, you'll find a wealth of unique content and information on both channels to help you become a better photographer! Hit the subscribe button to stay on top of every new release!
And, if you haven't checked out all the inspirational stories on the Profoto website, what are you waiting for? Every week there's new content being added giving you a chance to be inspired at your own pace from some of the finest photographers and educators around the world.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.