Top 7 things I’ve learned as a Getty Images news photographer
I have just completed my seventh year as senior news photographer for Getty Images in the UK — And, as the video below will show you — what a year!
I started at Getty Images in January 2005, which also was a year full of interesting and exciting assignments: The funeral of one Pope and the election of another, the general election in the UK (Tony Blair’s third as Prime Minister), the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, the London bombings, David Cameron becoming leader of the Conservative Party and the Buncefield oil depot exploding in Hertfordshire.
Here are seven things that I have learned in my seven years as a Getty Images photographer:
- The visual tics of three different Prime Ministers and two US Presidents;
- What tear gas smells like;
- Where to park in London in a hurry;
- That shooting with four cameras at once is just enough to capture that Royal Wedding kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace;
- That you defiantely need a layer of thermal underclothes when spending the day in Downing Street in January;
- That you can never have too many spare batteries, flash guns and socks;
- And, finally, that as a photographer, you are only as good as your last front page
I am looking forward to 2012 – which promises to be just as exciting as the past seven years.