Frans Lanting On Photography
What turns you on creatively?
It can be anything. For what I do, I have to be a chameleon and I have to adapt to the location and the situation.
What turns you off creatively?
Blood, sweat and leeches. Mostly leeches.
What’s your dream photo assignment?
I’d like to be able to spend more time at home. I live in the Monterey Bay area and I’d love to have an assignment that lets me explore this area more.
If you could have dinner with an artist from any era, who would it be?
One of the artists who made the cave art on the walls of Chauvet Cave or Lascaux Cave.
What’s your favorite photograph not taken by you?
Almost anything by Ernst Haas and most images in the National Geographic tradition. These images are windows on the world.
What profession other than photographer would you like to attempt?
Astronaut. I’d love to see the Earth from a low orbit to see the planet whole.
What’s your favorite camera feature?
My favorite feature is really the reliability and durability of my Nikon cameras. I use the D2xs in some of the most demanding places and in the harshest conditions in the world and need the camera to operate flawlessly. Heat, sand, humidity, dust, rain—my Nikons always work and never let me down.
What’s your favorite Nikon product, and how does it help you create better pictures or help you compete as a professional photographer?
The Nikon Speedlight strobes have enabled me to get images that couldn’t have existed without them. Today, I rely on the SB-800s. I can use several SB-800s wirelessly to illuminate a scene from a variety of angles. I’ve been using Nikon Speedlights to create my images since the beginning. My ability to produce state-of-the-art images has progressed with the technology of state-of-the-art Speedlights. My SB-800 is always with me.