Christopher Scott is the man behind Scotty Photography. The company provides professional photographic skills to the travel, tourism, corporate, manufacturing and professional services companies in Zimbabwe. I have been following his work for quite a while and when i set up this website, he was one of the people on my list i wanted to feature. Here is a brief interview with the man himself. 🙂

Q1.When did you get into photography and what inspired you to take it up?

A:I have always been interested in photography from a small boy, my dad was a keen amateur and so there was camera gear always lying around the house so I found myself clicking away and really enjoying it! So when it came tie to decide what to do at University it was a no-brainer!

 

Q2. What kind of gear do you use?

  • Camera body – Nikon D800, Nikon D610 and Nikon D3s
  • Lens – Nikkor 500mm F4, Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5, Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8, Nikkor 16-35mm f4, Nikkor 35mm f2, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro, Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8, Nikkor 16mm f 2.8 fisheye
  • Tripod – Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre
  • Filters – Dont use filters
  • Flash – Nikon SB 910 and SB 800
  • Camera bag – A variety of Lowepro backpacks and shoulder bags as well as Pelican storm hard cases
  • Mention others, if any. Panoramic heads, ball heads, bean bags, monopods, remote flash triggers, portable softbox and stand. Fully kitted out professional studio.

 

Q3. Which is your favorite lens? Why?

A: I enjoy all the equipment I use, its hard to decide as I do a huge variety of work which I really enjoy from shooting in the studio to corporate and editorial assignments all over Zimbabwe and southern Africa. I really enjoying using my 500mm f4 as wildlife photography is what I like to do to relax!

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Q4. When you go in one of your travels, what will you take with you? Why?

A: It very much depends on what I am doing so I will customize my bag for the job, for corporate assignments I am usually shooting on my d800 and d610 with the 28-300, 16-35 and 35mm, 16mm fisheye with the 2 flashes, tripod and remote flash triggers. I always want to make sure I have what I need without going overboard as I am usually traveling by air or with limited luggage allowance.

Q5. Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?

Answer Here: Nope

 

Q6. In the field, what are your settings?

  • Aperture –
  • Shutter Speed –
  • ISO –
  • White Balance –
  • Focus – Manual/Auto
  • Image Format – RAW/JPEG

 

A: Cant answer this as it changes from picture to picture! I always shoot on RAW tough

 

Q7. What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.

A: I use Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and make use of Lightroom mostly for RAW processing and Photoshop for additional editing, deepetching etc. My workflow very much depends on the job at hand but I make use of a variety of key features of the Adobe platform to ensure I get the most detail out of my RAW files. I also like to keep the editing as simple as possible where it allows!

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Q8. How would you define your style of photography  or rather whats your favourite type of photography and why?

A: I enjoy all the photography I do as it takes me to many different places and I get to meet interesting people along the way, I have a very photojournalistic style and so try to approach every subject with that mindframe. I also tend to find out what my corporate clients’ ideals are so I can make sure I weave that in to my corporate shoots.

 

Q9. How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

A: I keep up with current world trends and keep pushing myself to do things differently where possible, to get out of my comfort zone and push the envelope.

 

 

Q10.What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for a living?

 

A: After school I studied Photographic Journalism at Rhodes University for 4 years and then a Post Diploma In Media Management. I worked in SA for a short time as a photojournalist then came back to Zimbabwe in 2006. I put myself in the corporate scene by marketing myself as often as possible and by ensuring I did the best work possible for every job. Word soon got around and I haven’t looked back since.

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 Q11.What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?

 

A: Its my passion so its all I want to do.

 

Q12. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

A: I enjoy learning about my clients and profession every day so I wouldn’t want a sneak peak into the future!

 

Q13. What advice would you give enthusiasts who would want to take up this profession full time?

A: Get a degree and learn everything to do about photography, your equipment and the editing process. Never hand out sub standard work, work hard at marketing yourself and enjoy what you do!

Rhino Island Safari Camp, Muuyu Point, Lake Kariba

Rhino Island Safari Camp, Muuyu Point, Lake Kariba

About the author

Winston Chaniwa

Winston Chaniwa

Winston is an aspiring photographer who currently does his photography through the brand Afri Photos. He has been doing photography for the past two years and has a passion for all forms of photography. He is the founder of Shutter Magazine and also currently runs a web design consultancy called Blaze Interactive which has been operating for the past 8 years.

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