We did something during CAPTURE Alaska that I had never done before at any previous workshop. It was such a helpful experience that I’d like to do it again at future workshops where possible. In fact, it was so good that I would recommend you incorporate this activity as a regular part of your life in growing in your photography skills.
What did we do?
We met for a private interview with a local pro.
Jeff Schultz is a full-time, professional photographer who specializes in Alaskan outdoor recreation and adventure photography. He has been the official photographer for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race since 1982, shot assignments for countless magazines, and founded an Alaskan stock photo agency. To say the least, Jeff has some serious experience.
And since he was based only about half an hour from the CAPTURE Alaska workshop location, we called to ask if we could set up an appointment at his studio.
For a full hour, Jeff graciously provided answer after clear-cut answer to our barrage of questions. He shared with us how he shoots in cold weather, the difference between “editing” and “processing”, the greatest challenges he faces in landscape photography and how he deals with them, and his experiences shooting the Iditarod. For me, his explanation of hyperfocal distance was very insightful. This post, Hyperfocal Distance, by Cambridge in Colour does a good job of explaining what this term means and provides some helpful examples and interactive charts.
Before we left, I couldn’t help but ask Jeff if he was a Christian. By his hospitality, conduct and references to God during our conversation pointed to this conclusion. He responded “yes” without hesitation, his most encouraging answer of the entire time.
If you’re ever taking a vacation to Alaska, consider attending one of his day or multi-day treks. It may very well be the best way to make the most of your vacation if you’re there for photography. Taking the time to interact with photographers with more experience than yourself is by far one of the best ways to increase your skills as a photographer.
Photo by David Pinkerton