USA Today’s Bob Deutsch talks about the ‘Ying and Yang’ of assignments that were part of covering Pope Francis’ recent visit to the U.S.
From having the best spot New York to the absolute worst in Philadelphia, Bob shares some interesting behind-the-scenes information regarding press spots, getting the job done, planning your shoots and how to deal with annoying videographers.
In this 17-minute long talk Bob takes us through the ups and downs of being a pool photographer, discusses how (only God knows why) one day he had to go through a lengthy security check to photograph the Pope from a mile away when the following day he was snapping the guy with a 14mm lens, and explains why you should be friendly towards your fellow photographers.
On the other hand, his solution for getting the annoying Vatican videographer out of his way included shaking the platform they were both standing, so it’s all situation-dependant.
Several of Bob’s photos show the masses using their smartphones to capture the Pope’s visit rather than enjoy the moment, and if you’re wondering why there weren’t any selfie sticks in the crowds it’s because the Secret Service banned them.
The Pope’s visit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who attended it, and ironically enough it was the locked up prison inmates that got the best opportunity to see and hear him. But as Bob’s photos reveal, this encounter also offered some of the best photo ops.
USA Today currently has five staff photographers and luckily for us they seem to enjoy sharing BTS videos. A few months ago Robert Hanashiro and Dan Macmedan shared a behind the scenes look of photographing the Emmy’s.
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