In celebration of today’s International Women’s Day, Tether Tools is releasing a new edition of their free series “How I Got the Shot,” this time featuring a cast of 30 women who have proven themselves to be “our industry’s most creative, passionate, and talented photographers today.” Ranging from commercial to editorial to fine art, this group is an impressive bunch. “We are honored,” says Laura Simons, Co-Owner of Tether Tools, “that they have chosen to share their stories and their process as part of this collection.”
For those unfamiliar, “How I Got the Shot” is a written series produced by Tether Tools which is currently on its third iteration. The pdfs are free, downloadable, and include clickable media like video. Each section features a photographer and one of their images. In typically over 1,000 words, the artist then goes into detail on how exactly they got the shot. The headings, as one can expect, fall under things like: “concept,” “setup and lighting,” and “logistics and gear.” By time it’s all said and done, you’re left with a pretty good idea of what a workflow should look like, along with a bunch of inspiring, hi-res images. And you might even find a new favorite photog.
Because Tether Tools isn’t looking to sell any specific camera, they do a good job of mixing up the styles presented in these booklets. You might very well see nature photography next to professionals’ headshots next to out-there conceptual work. This makes it a great tool to go back to as, say, you look to take on a new field of photographic work and want to know where to get started. Simply flip (scroll?) to the artist doing that kind of work, and let the experience and knowledge soak in.
Here are some of the featured artists:
Of course, we’d be remiss to talk about this release without commenting on its occasion, International Women’s Day, and its relation to the photography industry as a whole. After all, it’s only been a year since Wired profiled Daniella Zalcman, founder of the Women Photograph website, who had “lost count of how many times she’s heard a photo editor explain how he’d hire women if he knew where to find them.” Well, along with her site—which boasts 700 independent women documentary photographers from 91 countries—here are 30 more. And since you’re probably staring in stunned disbelief at the impeccable quality of their work, they’re here to explain to you just how they “got the shot.”
The link is posted above but here‘s another in case you missed it.