A huge thanks to Kent O. Smith Jr for sending in this wonderful story about. B Roll! It’s always fun to get stuff from Kent, even his B Roll is A List material!
Any story, whether printed or published online can only display so many photos. What happens to all the others that were taken?
I call them B roll, or seconds, images that were passed over in favor of others. In recent years, at any given event, I take a thousand or more photographs. If there is action in the event, it could easily be 2,000 – 3,000 shots.
The ones that readers get to see have been carefully selected. We try to find the ones that are most pleasing – the best light, the spray or wake just right, perfect expressions on the subjects, the least distractions in the background, a good angle on the boat, a nice composition, etc. We spend a lot of time culling through the thousands to find the dozen or so that you get to enjoy.
That doesn’t mean that all B roll photos are bad. Perhaps an image wasn’t in keeping with the story being presented. Or there were already similar images selected for use. Whatever the reason, I thought it would be fun to share some seconds from the many years I’ve been doing this.
As mentioned before, even showing B roll photos requires culling through my catalog of over 75,000 images that reside on my 4 terabyte hard drive. So enjoy these, and if you would like to see them all, make an appointment and plan on bringing a lot of vodka ☺