Wednesday Tip Jar : Bill Frakes Gives Some Pro Tips

Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida who has worked in more than 125 countries [is that all?] for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. TV commercials, music videos and lately short documentaries.

Bill believes in being prepared. “So I know what I’m going to do when I get there. Getting to the location with my equipment, having it organized, having it ready, having it in perfect working condition.”

Years At It: 30. On the Road Jack: 315 days. Moleskin notebooks: 3. Tripods: 4,5,6. Camera bodies: a number. Lenses: 10 or 12. Dollies, rail systems, sliders and jibs, multiple lights: strobes for stills, hot lights for videos.

“When I started in this industry 30 years ago, my mom hand-stitched on my camera bags for me. I was worried about my cameras. She was worried about me. Today I rely on the Kata products for the exact same thing.”

On Kata Bags: Intelligent bags. Well-crafted. Made with passion, integrity and with love. Creative bags built by creative people for creative people.

From a well-seasoned heavy-duty user comes a super sharp snapshot of a product line that has withstood the enduring tests of a Sports Illustrated staff photographer. Peer to peer review that has circumnavigated the globe. A challenge taken and met. Kata Bags.

Bill’s arsenal in this video: OC-97, FlyBy 74 Pro Light, FlyBy 76 Pro Light, LW 99 Pro Light.

To see more of Bill Frakes’ work go to his Altpick page and his Personal Website.

About altpick connects

Established in 1992, The Alternative Pick commenced with a clear mission, providing creative buyers with a vehicle to source the best brightest and most exciting illustrators, photographers, graphic designers and animators in the business. The Alternative Pick sourcebook (1992-2005) became the outlet for cutting-edge commercial talent, offering a unique platform for artists to showcase their work. The Alternative Pick Deck (2009-2012) offered a fun and engaging format for locating leading commercial artists. In addition, The Altpick Awards (2003-2011) introduced yet another way to provide a platform for talents to shine. To meet the demands of an ever-changing industry, was launched in 1996 and presently provides a vehicle for talent to utilize the web to connect more effectively with buyers. As we mark our 30th anniversary in 2021, remains a premier source for creative professionals and we plan to continue to push the envelope providing the best vehicle for buyers to connect with creative talent.
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