You shoot cultural, sports and political events. What is the most rewarding to photograph?
"All of them are different, but golf is my favourite. We get up early and work until about 5pm. It's green, the air is pure, and we have a lovely time. I always come home feeling healthy. Music events and film festivals are late in the evening, which is tiring. I love shooting sports and seeing how the player's expression changes when they win or lose. With golf, you have to be careful not to disturb the players in case they miss a hole."
What considerations do you make when shooting in low light at music and film festivals?
"It's important to have a workable ISO, as is the case with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II [now succeeded by the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III], and a good lens because we're often not allowed to use flash. The most difficult events for low light are horse-riding competitions. You need a fast shutter speed and high ISO because the horse is moving."
What is your favourite lens for shooting portraits?
"You can take portraits with many lenses – just not wide angle! The best one is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, and also the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, because they replicate our human eye's view. I've taken portraits with my Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM II [now succeeded by the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM] and it gave me very nice bokeh, but with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM the bokeh is so soft it's magical."
How do you organise yourself when you're shooting a big festival?
"In the mornings, there are sometimes acting workshops during which I'll take environmental portraits, and in the afternoons, there are press interviews with actors. I'll only take my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM or Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM to these. At the red carpet in the evening, I'll bring two cameras, two flashes and a wide-angle lens in case a group of actors comes together. I'll also have a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM with me for portraits of actors on the red carpet. For the ceremonies, I'll bring my Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM. If there are actors who don't come too close, I can still get a fantastic portrait with that lens."