This is how Getty gets ready for the Olympics

Jul 26, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This is how Getty gets ready for the Olympics

Jul 26, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Now here’s a treasure trove many of us would love to have access to, regardless of what brand we may normally shoot. This is Getty’s arsenal for the Rio Olympics kicking off in a few days.

The Canon 1DX Mark II seems to be the clear camera of choice for this year’s games. There’s a few original 1DX thrown in for good measure. The display also sports a pair of 5DSR bodies, which appear so small in comparison that they’re almost cute.

When you look at the expected numbers for the Olympics, you can understand why they need so much equipment. With over 10,500 athletes expected to compete in 306 events in 28 different sports, though, even this seems like it might not be enough.

I’m more of a Nikon guy myself, but sights like this still get me a little weak at the knees.

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Getty’s vice president of sports imagery and services, Ken Mainardis, recently spoke to Popular Photography about Getty’s involvement with the games. Gave out some very interesting information.

Having previously worked for Reuters, Ken noted some of the changes he’s observed over the years. During Atlanta’s 1996 games it would take approximately 40 minutes to shoot, process, scan and send an image. Today, this process takes 2 minutes or less and images can be sent directly to customers around the world.

Ken says that they expect the photographers to shoot around 1.5 million images during the 16 day event. Even though the photographers will be sending JPEG files back to Getty, the storage requirements will still be pretty huge. Getty will also be keeping backups of everything, which will more than double that requirement.

As expected when photos like these appear, folks on Reddit have estimated the bodies to cost around $200,000 in total. They also suggest that the lenses shown in the first shot alone to be worth double that. Whatever the cost, it’s a beautiful sight.

Have to say, it would be neat to see all these lined up around the pole vaulters or triple jumpers for some matrix-style bullet time shots. I would imagine Getty have more practical uses in mind, though.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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10 responses to “This is how Getty gets ready for the Olympics”

  1. Aron Avatar
    Aron

    getty, the IOC.. and the cheating russians make for a great threesome.

    i don´t watch the olympics this year.
    the IOC should have kicked russia out.
    this is ridicolous and sends the wrong message.

    this is like watching lance armstrong competing in this years tour de france.
    who would want to to see that? i am sure not…

    fact is, that there is proof for a russian gov. controlled and sponsored doping.
    and the IOC still let russian athletes compete.

    to ban them all is maybe unfair to some russian athletes who really did not use doping (maybe they exist?).

    but sometimes you have to set an example to change things.
    i think a ZERO TOLERANCE (as they alway say) policy would be right in this case.
    i mean they are caught.. it could not be more obvious.

  2. Anny Herbst Avatar
    Anny Herbst

    Sarah Woodworth Benson ?

  3. Benjamin Stolle Avatar
    Benjamin Stolle

    René Scholz Robert Althaus Manuel Stolle is das nich scheen? :-)

    1. René Scholz Avatar
      René Scholz

      mir würden nur 2% von der ganzen technik schon reichen :D

  4. doge Avatar
    doge

    I’m sure most of that will be stolen within the first 5 days.

  5. Bundeskanzlerin Avatar
    Bundeskanzlerin

    i’m blind now because of those images.

    Thanks Getty!

  6. Guy Salpeter Avatar
    Guy Salpeter

    David Salpeter

  7. Richard Jane Avatar
    Richard Jane

    Do you think they have a couple going spare?

  8. Richard Jane Avatar
    Richard Jane

    Do you think they have a couple going spare?

  9. Jeremy Christopher Avatar
    Jeremy Christopher

    When you’re finished with all of that, please donate to those of us in need.
    Cheers