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Scott Detweiler has been an artist and painter since he was quite young, but has only been a serious photographer for little over a decade. His motivation to focus on photography came when he realized that no matter how he modified an image in Photoshop it was never truly his, mentally or legally. He could paint or manipulate the image for hours or days, and never own the result. The decision to start shooting his own stock started him on the journey he is on today.
Initially, the challenges were basically lighting related. He could envision the image he wanted, but getting the lights to match what was in his mind was a constant source of frustration. To get past this, he shot as often as possible, and by adjusting small variables each time he learned how the alterations were affecting his images.
As a Physics major, he enjoys the technical aspects of photography like the camera settings, angles, focus depth, fall-off, as well as other aspects of the scene that directly affect the result. By understanding how an image will look at 24mm versus 200mm, or when lit by a larger or smaller apparent light source, it becomes easier to make creative decisions. In his studio, he challenges his students to set up complete scenes and take a single photo without test shots. This has greatly improved their abilities to create successful scenes from the imagination, and what he has learned, he is happy to share.