Photographer Interview – Sandy Scott
1) Tell me about yourself
Retired airline pilot and award wining frequently published nature photographer. One of my biggest honors was having one of my photos displayed in the Louvre in Paris. Graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. I am incredibly inspired by nature and I am lucky enough to live in an area of Florida abundant with many fascinating species.
I enjoy not only photographing nature, but I use it as an educational opportunity to learn about everything I photograph. I particularly enjoy photographing birds in that as a retired airline pilot and master skydiver, I love everything with wings.
I am an active athlete with national championships in two sports, cycling and running. Other current activities include playing chess and playing the drums. I also have my hands full dealing with my 7 month old goldendoodle puppy!
2) What is your tips for the upcoming photographers in Wildlife or other genre?
My biggest tip is to spend you money on lenses if you have a finite budget. That was one of the best pieces of advice I received when starting out. Learn your equipment and learn about your subject matter. The most important thing you can develop is the “Eye of a photographer.” Must must learn to see rather than just look. It is amazing the things that make good photo subjects if you are constantly on the lookout for something interesting to photograph.
3) Tell me more about your Gadgets (Cameras, Lenses and etc.,)
My goto, typical carry around rig is the Canon 7D Mark II body, a fantastic body for nature photography, equipped with the Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 ISM L lens. I can comfortably carry it without anymore than a hand strap for security and I get fantastic results from tiny macro objects to birds in flight. I also use probably the best bridge camera on the market, the Sony RX 10 III, and have had fantastic results and won photo contest with my little point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40.
4) What is your future goal in Photography field?
My only goal is to continue to enjoy my photography and be out in nature doing so as much as possible.
5) How Photo editing involved in your Digital Photography?
In that I shoot in RAW as do most serious photographers, photo editing is a fact of life. In that I do my work mostly on a MAC, I still used Aperture for my initial import of the RAW files and then finish the processing in my favorite post processing program, ON1 Photo RAW.
6) Where you learn the photography skills?
When I started out years ago, I shot almost exclusively in black and white and had my own processing laboratory. I took a course in photography from the School of Modern Photography in New York, and then in 2015 I graduated from a course in professional photography from the NY Institute of Photography in that I won the course as my prize for winning “Popular Photography’s” annual photo contest. I have also read extensively on the subject and watched numerous instructional videos.