Podcast: Shooting Hoops—Basketball Photography with the NBA's Best

Today we welcome two of professional basketball’s best photographers, and that’s not just me talking. Nat Butler is Senior Photographer for NBA Entertainment and has worked the last thirty-three NBA Finals. He is also the official photographer for the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Andrew Bernstein is the longest-tenured official NBA photographer, the photographer for the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers, a recent inductee to the NBA Hall of Fame, and the photographer of the new book, The Mamba Mentality, by Kobe Bryant. So, enough of the bona fides, these two photographers are also great friends, and they bring their easy-going banter and the ultimate insider’s perspective to the B&H Photography Podcast.

Our conversation covers a wide range of topics, from the gear they use (and what they don’t), to the lighting systems they’ve developed, the intimacy of basketball photography compared to other sports, and how fashion and social media has affected their day-to-day work. We also dig into the shooting strategies they employ for each game and how their images are used by NBA Photos. Butler noted that in the past, a cover photo on Sports Illustrated would have been seen by approximately 3 million subscribers and, now, with tethering and instant feeds, a game photo can be seen by up to 30 million subscribers to the NBA Instagram feed within five minutes of the photo having been taken.

Whether you are into sports photography, event and production photography, or NBA history, this easy-going episode is for you.

Guests: Nat Butler and Andrew Bernstein

Patrick Ewing at Madison Square Garden © Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE / Getty Images
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson © Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE / Getty Images
Tim Duncan © Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE / Getty Images
Bill Russell © Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE / Getty Images
Kobe Bryant, 1996 © Andrew Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
Kobe Bryant © Andrew Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson, 2009 © Andrew Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bernstein, Photograph courtesy Andrew Bernstein
Magic Johnson, 1987 NBA Finals Game 4 winning shot © Andrew Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, 2017 NBA Finals © Andrew Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
LeBron James, 2018 © Andrew Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
Nat Butler and Andy Bernstein, 1980s Photograph courtesy Andrew Bernstein
Nat Butler and Andy Bernstein, 2018 © John Harris
Allan, Andrew, and Nat on the B&H Photography Podcast © John Harris

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