Scott Hansen, Photographer, Beaufort, SC, USA
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Interview with Scott Hansen
EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?
Scott: I get a lot of comments on my black and white images – especially the ones taken at the Old Sheldon Church. Black and white photography has always been my favorite, so I tend to focus more on it than on producing color images.
EWW: What are your challenges in doing your work?
Scott:Finding the right scene with all the elements in place can be a challenge. Also, having the right light is huge, but also things like having clouds in the sky. A cloudless sky is just dead space in your image.
EWW: When doing a shoot, besides the weather, what are the challenges?
Scott: A lot of what I mentioned above. Lighting and location are huge. Location being the landscape or subject that I’m photographing. But as I think about it, there is something else that can become a major challenge – getting bored with your subject. What I mean is shooting the same location over and over. You don’t ever see a scene the same as you do the first time you lay your eyes on it.
EWW: You have several galleries such as the old Shelton Church, Shrimp Boats, Historic Place, Trains, and Trucks, etc. Do you have a favorite? Why?
Scott: The old Sheldon Church probably my favorite location to photograph. There is really a lot of potential there. However, it is a very well photographed location, so finding an angle that hasn’t already been taken is difficult.
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Scott: Most of my images will have a low country flare to them. With all the live oaks and Spanish moss in my area, it would be difficult not to capture a little of the low country in each shot.
EWW: Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on?
Scott: I do think it’s a good idea for photographers to have their own website, but probably more important these days to have a Facebook account. You can use your Facebook account as a marketing platform to drive people to your website as well as your online galleries.
EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do use social media platform seems, which one(s) work the best for you?
Scott: I primarily use Facebook. But in the future, something else may take its place. The key is to be on the platform that everyone else is using.
Another one I like is Flickr. In fact, I think that any photographer starting out should set up a Flickr account. Be sure to tag your image up well. Descriptive tags will enable people to find your work. Also, be sure to join several groups and actively post your images to those groups, and, be active in the group discussions. This will draw more people to your page.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Scott: I do. keep striving to learn new things, and don’t let your head get too big. When I first started posing images to Flickr, I felt I was a good photographer — But now, looking back… not so much so.
Capturing the image is only the first step. Most good images are made great in the editing process. There are some great programs out there that will plug into Adobe Lightroom as well Photoshop. Many will even work well as a stand-alone program.
Google has purchased the Nik filters and made them free to download. The Nik Silver Effects Pro is a must for any serious Black and White photographer.