What’s the day-to-day like?
I met up with my new buddy for the project and a fantastic cinematographer, Scott Smith, on a layover in Istanbul before our flight into Hurghada. Scott was the lead videographer on the project, so we got right into kicking around ideas over some delicious Turkish food. Side note – If you’re flying through Istanbul Airport, do yourself a favor and get access to the Turkish Airlines lounge; you won’t regret it! It’s one of the best airport lounges in the world.
After getting out of Hurghada airport around 3am, we caught a quick few hours of sleep at a hotel, then hopped in the van for 3-hour ride down to the beautiful Red Sea Diving Safari Marsa Nakari Village outside of Marsa Alam. Soon as I checked in, it was time to start setting up the cameras and equipment. For this shoot, I was planning to start before sunrise each day to grab some beautiful golden light topside images before we head out diving. After a quick lunch break mid-day, it was either back to the water for more diving shots or grabbing some more topside shots. Then wrapping the day up with more of that gorgeous warm Egyptian light before sunset. Followed by a quick stop to rinse and break down my gear before dinner. Then comes every photographer’s favorite part – data management! I probably don’t say this enough, but when you’re shooting commercially, you need to ensure everything is downloaded off your cards and backed up at least twice to be extra safe! So after dinner, I’d sort through all the images and videos from the day, cull whatever was garbage, send a couple of sneak peeks to the directors, then back everything up to two separate drives. For production work, I highly recommend G Drive ATD SSD drives. They’re incredibly fast and super durable. Plus, since they’re solid state drives (SSD) they can take a beating.
Then it’s basically rinse, wash, and repeat for the next week. Our awesome directors on this shoot, Julie and Sam from PADI, had everything planned out and ready to rock so that we were hitting all different dive sites and locations and even checking out other dive resorts throughout the project. It’s a testament to how great directors can really create the perfect environment for us photographers to do what we do best.