James Robinson is photographer at the 114 year John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK. The library is home to thousands of priceless books in every language dating back to 1000 B.C. The library is charged with the task of using the latest technology to turn every word into digital format. To do this, the photography staff uses the Profoto D1 and a variety of Phase camera systems to archive each treasure.
Obviously the task of capturing every single page of written text in their library is no small feat. It's a slow and tedious task but an important one that secures cultural heritage. The library uses some of the best technology in the world and relies heavily on the Phase One medium format camera systems to capture every detail possible. To accomplish this, the photographers staff uses the Phase One 645 DF body, the Phase One iXR body, the IQ180 digital back and the Profoto D1 monolight. The flashes are synced with an Air Sync unit. It's cool to think that from here on out, we can basically have every possible thing we want documented in the highest quality possible.
For more information on the Phase One systems, check out the Phase One Youtube Chanel for a ton of free educational videos.
Don't forget to check out our Fstoppers Exclusive Photography Workshop this May where we will be teaching the best techniques to photograph liquids, bottles, and products with Rob Grimm. If you are in charge of product photography for your company, wish to get better at sculpting light on objects, or just want to hang out and drink a whiskey with Rob and I then this workshop is for you. We will be using the best in medium format cameras like Hasselblad, lighting from Broncolor, and the best kept tips and secrets in the industry.