Monday, June 11, 2007
Seth Resnick - Great Photographs Are Where You Find Them
Seth Resnick is the consummate professional. His polished and sophisticated images are mostly shot on location, where he works with portable lighting gear and digital cameras.
One of the criticisms of RAW is that the files take up a lot of memory card space. That's not much of a concern for Resnick. “When it comes to cards, I carry three for each camera and I choose the card's capacity for the specific camera. Seventy RAW images per card are about all I want to be able to fit. I'm not a big believer in these huge-capacity cards.”
Accidents do happen, and Resnick feels more secure knowing that all of his work isn't on a single card. With three cards per camera, he's always ready to shoot. One card can be downloaded. If it takes a while, that's no problem because he's shooting on a second card and he has the third ready on deck. On the road, Resnick uses two PowerBooks and a couple of SmartDisk FireWire hard drives for downloading and storing his images. The setup has served him well so far.
Although he makes his home in Boston, Resnick takes photo jobs anywhere. While many shooters bring a job into their studio, he takes his studio to the job. Does that mean he packs multiple cases of bulky gear into a mobile “Studio On The Road” setup? Not at all.
Says Resnick, who's mobile and a minimalist at the same time, “My studio is a case that holds my cameras, some lights, my pair of Apple PowerBooks and a bunch of memory cards. There are times when I do need a studio. If I need it, I rent it. I try not to need it.”
The journey to award-winning photographer had a curious beginning. When he was a boy, Resnick was fascinated by saltwater fish. He always had an aquarium, and being a bright and ambitious youth, he decided to write a book about aquariums. A student in the 7th or 8th grade, he was confident that he could produce the text of the book, but felt that he'd need to hire a photographer to take the pictures.
After making a few calls, he learned that the going rate for a photographer ran into the several hundreds of dollars per day. For someone who had an allowance of a few dollars a week, there wasn't much chance that he'd be hiring a professional. Instead of bagging the project, Resnick decided to be his own photographer. He bought a used Canon TL and set about learning the difficult art of photographing aquarium fish. “I like science and I like problems,” says Resnick.
It wasn't long before the science of photography and the problems of how to photograph fish in a tank overwhelmed the desire to write a book. Resnick's career as a photographer began right there.
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