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SportsShooter.com Members Headline Apple's 'Aperture in Action'
Thomas Boyd, David Bergman and Vincent Laforet take center stage at Apple's latest lecture series focused on sports photography.
By Scarlet Pruitt, SportsShooter.com
SportsShooter.com members are taking center stage at Apple's latest lecture series focused on sports photography. The series, called "Aperture in Action," aims to have some of the best shooters in the business share their work and offer tips on how to use Apple's Aperture software to manage their workflow.
Thomas Boyd speaks on the "Aperture in Action" tour in Portland, Oregon.
The series has already featured SportsShooter.com members David Bergman and Thomas Boyd, and Vincent Laforet is lined up to speak August 21 in San Diego. Sports Illustrated staff photographers Bill Frakes and Simon Bruty also participated in the tour.
Bergman kicked off the series in Houston last month, explaining how he was moving his entire archive to Aperture.
"What I'm doing is loading everything into Aperture so that the software creates previews of every image and saves my existing caption information with the thumbnails," he said in an interview this week.
The New York-based photographer shoots a wide variety of subjects including music, editorial and sports and has accumulated a substantial archive of hundreds of DVDs, as well as 300,000 images in his active archive.
"When I'm done, I'll have a complete copy of my archive on my laptop at all times. Whenever a client contacts me looking for images, I can easy pull a selection of frames, build a Web gallery, and upload it to a private Website in minutes or even seconds," Bergman said.
Boyd, who is a staff photographer at The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Ore., gave two lectures, in Portland and Seattle.
During his talks, Boyd explained why sports photography is different and often more challenging than other types of photography.
"A great sports photo not only has to have a peak of action and athleticism, it also has to tell a story and that's very difficult to do," Boyd told SportsShooter.com this week.
To charge up the crowd, Boyd showed a multimedia slideshow featuring some recent work that he shot for PROOF magazine.
"The reception was great. It put them in the mood for sports photography," he said.
The slideshow was also a good example of how Boyd uses Aperture to organize his work. While on assignment, Boyd likes to rate his photos with 1 to 5 stars. He has ratings "Smart Folders" setup in Aperture so when he assigns a rating to an image it automatically puts a copy in the appropriate folder.
"I use Smart Folders extensively," he said. "It really helps me set criteria for all these different shoots."
When it came to putting together the slideshow, it was a snap.
"The slide show had 120 selects from different shoots and I boiled it down pretty quickly," Boyd said.
Photographers who want more workflow tips and sports shooting inspiration can attend "Aperture in Action" as it makes its final two stops in California and Colorado later this month.
Laforet's talk in San Diego will focus on managing images in Aperture and other ways in which he leverages technology to access his photographs from anywhere in the world.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer plans to show some of his editorial, sports and aerial photography and share the stories behind them.
The series will wrap up in Lakewood, Co. on Aug. 29 with a talk by photographer Dan Donovan.
Aperture in Action
Bergman's member page
Boyd's member page
Laforet's member page
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