GHZ Featured photographer - Scott Hills

Scott is a 28 year old Firefighter whose main many hobbies include photography, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and walking in the highlands. He likes how  he can combine photography with other hobbies. Scott only recently started taking photography seriously and bought a good bridge camera to allow him more versatility with his shots and so he could try new things.

Whilst Scott is still learning and always welcomes feedback he has conjured up quite a fantastic portfolio. GZH is featuring Scott's favourite ten photos in the featured gallery section.

 

 

 

GZH interviewed Scott on May 18th 2012:-

 
1)            Can you remember the first picture you took? If so, what was it and how did it come out?

Growing up my family were never really into photographs there's very few pictures of my siblings and me growing up. We never had a camera around the house so I didn't have any interest at all in photography until going to university. I remember being given a camera by  our lecturer and being asked to go out and capture something that represents architecture in Glasgow. I managed to get a picture of a Victorian building reflected in the glass of a very modern building which at the time I thought showed the mixture of architectural styles in Glasgow .

2)            An obvious but necessary one, what made you want to or become a photographer?

It wasn't until last year I really began taking photography seriously and that coincided with me starting to climb Munro's in the Scottish Highlands, I couldn't believe the views I got and wanted to share them with friends back home.  People were often surprised when they asked me what camera I was using as all I had at the time was my 5 mega pixel camera  phone! this prompted me to get a better camera as the phone was massively limiting.

3)            Do you consider yourself a photographer or do you just take pictures?

I would say I was an amateur photographer, I still have so much to learn. Although I do always try to take at least good technical record shots and aim for more than that so I like to think I'm doing more than just taking pictures.

4)            What camera do you use mainly?

A super zoom bridge, fuji s100fs. A very versatile camera that works well for me just now, will be hoping to move on to a DSLR in time.

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5)            Looking at your favourite or most popular picture, what do you think makes it the picture it is?

Would have to be one of my pictures from Hartwood Asylum. I took a gamble after finishing a night shift and drove out there on the way home around 8am. It was foggy which amplified the eerie atmosphere that Hartwood has in spades. I Hartwood Asylum came across a strange spiderweb wrapped around a dying plant and thought that it resembled the Asylum itself as it lies in ruin.

"....I took a gamble after finishing a night shift and drove out there on the way home around 8am. It was foggy which amplified the eerie atmosphere that Hartwood has in spades...."

6)            How do you feel about using Photoshop  etc. to change your images?

I learned to use photoshop at university when I studied graphic design so I'm very comfortable using it and I do. I understand however there is quite fierce debate on its use in photography and there are many valid arguments on both sides making it difficult to draw a line as to what extent of editing is acceptable.

7)            Your favourite subjects, what are they?

Derelict structures, castles, birds of prey and other wildlife. I also like taking everyday objects and getting creative with them, I have a few series of shots of paperweights in a different light so to speak

8)            From the moment you see something and want to take a picture of it to the moment you’ve published it online or printed it – what process do you use?  (you don’t have to reveal your secrets!)

 

First of all I make sure I'm shooting in RAW  I then try to try to gauge if the lights ok, what settings to use, try to get the focus just right and make sure I've framed the shot the way I want. Take a few different shots and upload them to lightroom where I can convert the RAW file after correcting any exposure/cropping etc issues. I usually upload to Flickr or Facebook and sometimes to an amateur photography website for critique and advice on how to improve in the future.

9)            Tell me about how you feel when you’re taking photos and how you feel once you’ve seen the final image (if it comes comes out as expected

There's definitely a buzz you get from spotting something that would make a good subject and an even bigger one when it comes out the way you wanted it. Eskmeals Beach That's why I find taking pictures of things that excite or interest  you important as for me anyway the more interest I have the longer I'll spend trying to get the best shot.

"..I find that If I ask why I'm taking the shot the answer usually gives you an indication of how you should take it by adjusting framing, focal points, exposure e.t.c...."

10)          Ask yourself photography based question and answer it here. Use at least 150 words.

What should I be considering when taking photograph?

From receiving critique on my photos I now find these are some of the things I look at when taking a photo. Finding your subject/telling a story

I find that If I ask why I'm taking the shot the answer usually gives you an indication of how you should take it by adjusting framing, focal points, exposure e.t.c.

Light source

The light source for me determines how you will take the shot and understanding that will in turn allow you to create the correct lighting environment  for  specific scenes (in a studio for example)

I.E for low light subjects you will need higher ISO longer exposures and possibly a tripod How will the eye move around/through the image Asking myself this allows me to try and lead the eye to the focal point/points of the image you can do this using lines and shapes within the frame.

Attitude

Scott Hills work is available for viewing in the featured galleries now!! Check it out.