Spencer Platt*

17.05.2012 in00:18 in Documentary -->


Spencer Platt joined Getty Images in 2001 as a New York staff photographer. As a member of its news wire service, he has covered stories around the world including Bolivia, Iraq, Congo and Liberia. He won the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year.

Spencer says he is constantly experimenting with new Canon lenses and has recently gravitated to fixed lenses for most of his work. “I have been using an EF24mm f/1.4L USM and the new EF50mm f/1.2L USM recently. These lenses seem to work well for me in reportage environments. They force me to pay closer attention to composition and refuse to let my eye become lazy”.

“I also find that I have to physically move more when working with a fixed lens; I find this often leads to a richer and more complex set of images.” He rarely uses flash with his EOS-1D Mark III cameras so he finds the large maximum aperture of these lenses is imperative. “It’s amazing what one can see with the EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens.” He was recently at the United Nations spending a week covering world leaders at the annual General Assembly conference. True to form, he decided to experiment with a different lens. “I primarily shot this event with the EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens,” says Spencer. “I had never used this lens prior to the event and only picked it up at the suggestion of one of our sports photographers. I was impressed with its sharpness and ease of handling. The lens is remarkably light for its size and makes a great companion to the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens I carry.”