I have known a lot of Freelance Photojournalists, but I have only known one photographer that specializes in military and aerial photography. Scott Dworkin is a rare photographer. Most people can only dream of flying in military jets, and most of those dreams include getting sick, but he does it with a camera!
Scott has flown with every branch of the US military, as well as many civilian aviation outfits and law enforcement aviation units. He’s traveled to Afghanistan to embed with the United States Air Force, as well as all around the U.S. with various military and civilian units.
In 2012, his freelance work led to him being hired by the United States Air Force – Air Force Flight Test Center 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. While there he provided aerial multimedia, both air-to-air and air-to-ground coverage, including still photography, high definition videography, high-speed video, and post production. His job was to document ordnance and weapons testing, drop tests, aircraft flight performance, and other operational missions.
In 2014 Scott jumped back into the freelance world to start his own company, Mach 91 Aerial Photography, doing the same type of photography work he was doing for the Air Force, but more in the public eye than the work at Edwards allowed.
On this episode of Behind the Shot, Scott Dworkin and I take a look at one of his crazy aerial shots, and discuss how he captures all this action while flying.
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