Matt Sartain Wins #CalumetRentals2013 Contest!
We are pleased to announce the winners of our recent Where in the World is Your Calumet Rental Instagram contest. Our call for entries was sent out to our wonderful rental clients and were thrilled to see the diverse shots of your rental gear in action. Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate and share their work.
The first prize was a $250 Calumet Gift card and there will be three runner-ups featured here on Parallax. We had the chance to speak with first-place winner Matt Sartain from San Francisco, CA, about his winning image and the results of his photo shoot.
Here’s the winning Instagram picture Matt shot and tagged #CalumetRentals2013:
What type of camera, gear and equipment did you rent for this shot? How did renting this equipment enhance your own gear and help you on the day of the shoot?
I used my own camera and computer set up. I rented three Profoto 7B packs with three heads and one bi-tube head for that extra oomph if I needed it. I also rented a Magliner hand truck, an Octabank, soft boxes, sandbags, medium rollers, a 12×12′ frame with silks, just in case the sun decided to come out.
The equipment was key for our shoot because I needed to shoot all day long and have it all look like it was shot at the same time. We used the light to act as the sun on a day in San Francisco where it was mostly overcast and foggy.
Where was the image taken? How did you plan for the shot?
We had three locations all in San Francisco: Dolores Park and two different ends of Crissy Field. We had a week or so of prep and decided, given the budget, that a two day shoot wasn’t in the cards, so a very long, very productive single day of shooting was the ticket.
Were there any challenges in getting the right lighting for this outdoor photo shoot?
The hardest time was while I was shooting in Crissy Field when the sun was directly overhead and we had a large area that we needed to make look like it was morning/afternoon light. I balanced the strobe at full power with the available light, working with the angle of the sun, to get a more flattering lighting quality.
How did the final images turn out? Did you have to spend much time in post-production editing?
The nature of my work is very post-production heavy. The day was spent shooting the principal talent in their immediate environments, but many details, including backgrounds and skies, would be added later in post. This is a unique way to create images that allows for a lot of flexibility on shoot day.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I am a big fan of constructing images from scratch. Coming up with a concept and scouting/shooting/editing it all together into something that otherwise would never have existed. I enjoy moving skies, mountains, and people all around in a photo-illustrative fashion. The final product is always greater than the sum of its parts, and a lot of fun to make along the way.