Garth Milan is a famous action sports photographer and a customer of BlueHillco. Milan originally started photographing action sports because of his own interest in skateboarding, mountain biking, and motorcycle riding. This year he did a Red Bull photo shoot with Harrison Barnes and was kind enough to share some insight and images from the shoot with BlueHillco!
BL: What is your background as a photographer?
Milan: I have been shooting professionally since about 1998, and specialize in everything from action sports to portraits and commercial product photography. The diversity in shooting comes from my photojournalism background, which I studied at Cal State Long Beach under award-winning photojournalist Wayne Kelly. I absolutely love all aspects of photography, and still pinch myself daily that I’ve made a career out of my favorite artistic form.
BL: How many years have you been photographing for?
Milan: I’ve been shooting now for over 20 years!
BL: How did you originally get into photography?
Milan: I got into it because I was also into all of the action sports that I now shoot. I began taking pictures of my friends, and it just snowballed from there. Once I discovered my love for photography, I switched my college major and completely immersed myself in it.
BL: Why do you like renting from BlueHillco?
Milan: My experience was absolutely exceptional with BlueHillco! From the exceptional customer service I experienced, to their awesome website, BlueHillco had me covered every step of the way. The gear was top-notch and definitely the cleanest and best-kept rental gear I’ve had in a long time.
BL: What goes through your mind when you get an assignment that isn’t motorsports related?
Milan: I love it! Due to my background in Photojournalism and also because of my diverse interests, I hate being pigeon-holed as a “motorsports” shooter, as that is what I am best known for. Thanks to my involvement with Red Bull, though, I’ve thankfully been able to break out of that label. Red Bull is so diverse that I have been lucky enough to shoot everything from basketball and soccer for them, all the way to X Games, and even the Red Bull Stratos project! I’m extremely thankful to have built such a good relationship with the brand.
BL: Do you get nervous when you have to work with famous athletes?
Milan: Not too much, especially anymore, as I’ve been lucky enough to have that experience several times now. The biggest thing I try to do is be respectful of their time as well as their fame. I try to get the shoot done as quickly as possible, and without asking for autographs!
BL: What gear did you use for this shoot?
Milan: For the Harrison Barnes shoot, I used an Elinchrom Ranger power pack, along with two Elinchrom Quadra packs. I also had a Profoto Acute power pack for some of the portraits. Everything was shot with a Canon EOS 1Dx, and using all Canon L series glass, Pocket wizards, and of course my Custom SLR straps and F-Stop backpack!
BL: How was your overall experience for the Harrison Barnes photo shoot?
Milan: My overall experience was really great for the Harrison Barnes shoot. Once we got past the location scouting and we had a solid spot to shoot at, the stress was nearly over, as Harrison was an absolute pleasure to shoot with. Harrison was friendly, accommodating, and most importantly a great ball player! I also want to thank my friend and assistant Long Nguyen for all of his help in this shoot.
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Tags: Sports Photography Last modified: July 7, 2021