Thanks for clicking over to this site. PB Creative Photo is the business handle for me, Philip Beckman. If you've looked around here a little bit, you've probably already figured out that I have a passion for action photography. More of an obsession, really. Specifically, for bicycle racing of all types. Having been an avid cyclist and hardcore competitor for a couple of decades, I am able to leverage a unique perspective into my imagery. I understand the sort of locations and angles cyclists like to see. I've been told time and again, "You make us look like Pros."
I got my start in this field in May of 1981, when I was lucky enough to land a dream job at a motorcycle magazine publishing company. Motocross was my life at the time, and I'd often bring my Dad's hand-me-down Canon 35mm film camera along to the races. So having a few shots in my portfolio as well as an affinity for writing (thanks, Mom) helped me get my foot in the door. That and simply being in the right place at the right time—not unlike the act of photography itself.
For the next nine years I had the adventures of traveling all over the continent with cameras in hand, learning a ton, meeting awesome people and riding/racing a wide array of motorcycles and ATVs. In the process I captured nearly a hundred cover photos.
In 1990 I decided to strike out on my own and launched PB Creative. I finished a BFA degree program in graphic design at Cal State Fullerton and started a family, at the same time providing writing and design pieces for several longtime industry clients, including American Suzuki and Carlisle Tire & Wheel Co.
Twenty years later I was ready for another career change and headed back to my roots: photography. A lot changed during my time away, but I found I could adapt easily to modern digital technology, and that the proven skills and techniques of the photographic art remained basically the same. The old dog has even learned some new tricks with lighting and post-processing.
I do have one regret when looking back: I wish I had more photos of myself when I was racing! You'll wish you did too when doing #throwbackthursday and #flashbackfriday type posts.
Now I'm happy to say I have a very full plate with photographic work in a field I love. I've been an "official photographer/reporter" with numerous cycling events, series and organizations. My images and words have been published all over the map in print and on the web. I'm getting to travel for work again, literally opening new horizons.
So what does the future hold? Who can say for sure, but this is what my OCD calendar looks like for the upcoming year:
2018 PB SHOOTING SCHEDULE *=Tentative
1/13-14 Southridge USA Winter Series #1
1/20-21 Nevada State Gravity Championships, Bootleg Canyon
1/27 SoCal Endurance 12 & 6 Hours of Temecula #1
1/28 SoCal Enduro Series #1, Temecula
2/10-11 Southridge Winter Series #3
2/17-18 Bootleg Canyon, Mob n Mojave, Las Vegas
2/24-25 Southridge USA Winter Series #4
3/3 SoCal Enduro Series #2, Temecula
3/4 GoldState/Team Big Bear XC #1, Temecula
3/10-11 Keyesville Classic, Lake Isabella
3/16-18 Reaper Madness, Bootleg Canyon
3/24-25 Sagebrush Safari, Lake Moreno, CA
3/31 SCNCA State Time Trial Championships, Lake Los Angeles
4/7-8 Fontana National, Pro XCT/GoldState/Team Big Bear XC #3
4/8 SoCal Enduro Series #3, Fontana
4/14-15 Bonelli Park, Pro XCT/GoldState/Team Big Bear XC #4
4/19-22 Sea Otter Classic, Pro XCT, Monterey, CA
5/3-6 USAC Collegiate Road Nationals, Grand Junction, CO*
5/5-6 -OR- Utah Soldier Hollow Pro XCT*
-OR- GoldState/Team Big Bear XC #5*, Los Olivos, CA*
5/6 -OR- Socal Enduro Series #4, Los Olivos, CA*
5/8 Over the Hump, Irvine Lake, CA
5/12 SoCal Endurance 12 & 6 Hours of Temecula #2
5/13 SoCal Enduro Series #5, Temecula
5/29 Over the Hump, Irvine Lake, CA
6/2 SoCal Enduro Series #6, Big Bear Lake, CA
6/3 GoldState/Team Big Bear XC #6, Big Bear Lake, CA
6/6 Over the Hump, Irvine Lake, CA
6/9 Missoula Pro XCT*
6/23 SoCal Enduro Series #7, Big Bear Lake, CA
6/24 GoldState/Team Big Bear XC #7, Big Bear Lake, CA
7/17-22 USA Cycling MTB National Championships, Snowshoe, WV*
7/26-29 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships, Hagerstown, MD*
8/1-4 USAC Elite Track Cycling National Championships, Carson, CA*
8/11-12 Mont Sainte-Anne MTB World Cup, Quebec, Canada*
8/21 Over the Hump, Irvine Lake, CA
Camera Bodies (one each): Canon 1Dx; Canon 5DmkIV, Canon 5DMk III; Canon 7D; iPhone 7.
Lenses: Canon 200-400mm L f4; Canon 70-200mm II L f2.8; Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro; Canon 24-105mm f4, Canon 24-70mm L f2.8; Canon 50mm f1.4; Canon 16-35mm L f2.8; Canon 8-15mm L f4; Olloclip lenses for iPhone.
Lighting: 2 Profoto B1 Air (powered by built-in Profoto batteries; three spares) with zoom reflector; Quantum Qflash T5d-R powered by Quantum Turbo III batteries (two of the latter power packs, which can also be used with the flashguns); 3 Canon 600 EX-RT flashguns; Yongnuo YN14EX lens-mount ring light; Novatron 3-light portable studio kit.
Lighting controls: Profoto Air Remote TTL-C; Canon Speedlight Transmitter ST-E3-RT; Pocket Wizard Mini and Flex; Sto-Fen flashgun diffusers; Profoto 2' octa softbox; Quantum rectangular softbox; 40" Westcott 5-in-1 reflector; Shadowbox small product tent.
Peripherals: Sandisk memory cards; Eneloop rechargeable AA and AAA batteries; spare camera batteries; Op/Tech camera straps; polarizing filter; adjustable neutral density filter; graduated neutral density filter; Canon remote shutter release; Flashpoint remote shutter release/intervalometer; spare strobe bulbs; knee pads/sleeves; Salomon hiking boots.
Stands: Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod, Slik, Davis & Sanford and Gorillapod tripods; Manfrotto monopod; Norman and Matthews light stands;
Transport: ThinkTank camera bag; Lowepro utility belt and carriers; Pelican 1560 hard case; Lightware stand case; one generic backpack dedicated to cold and/or wet shoots (clothes, camera covers, etc.).
Processing: Apple MacPro 15" Retina laptop computer; Adobe Creative Cloud software; Wacom drawing tablet; Apple Magic Mouse; no-name memory card reader; LaCie Rugged series external drives.