Interview with Scott Smorra on Photography Trends

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landscape image by Scott Smorra.
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Scott Smorra.

Website:
https://www.scottsmorraphotography.com/

Country: United States

Photography Genres: Adventure, Fine Art, Landscape, Nature

Fave Camera Brand: Nikon

Socials:
Instagram | Facebook


What’s in your camera bag?

  • Nikon Z7
  • Nikon Z7ii
  • Nikon Z 14-24 f/2.8
  • Nikon Z 24-70 f/4
  • Nikon Z 100-400 f4.5-5.6
  • DJI Air 2S
  • Gitzo tripod, Really Right Stuff ball head

Are there any specific equipment or gear innovations that you believe will have a significant impact on the industry in 2024?

Continued improvements in IBIS.

Where do you get the latest news on new gear? Where do you usually buy new gear?

Emails from Nikon Professional Services (NPS). I buy directly from NPS.

How is photography making the world a better place in 2024?

Hopefully, photographs inspire people to conserve and protect the natural world.

I see AI-generated images gaining popularity in 2024. Some people consider these images to be photography, but I disagree. To me, a photograph must be captured by a camera and lens (photons hitting a sensor or film). I don’t care what is done to the image in post-processing, but it needs to be captured by a camera to be considered photography.

© Scott Smorra.

If you could pick a photography mentor in 2024, who would you pick? Why?

Guy Tal. I am always inspired by his writing and how he creates personally expressive art with a camera.

The unavoidable question: How do you see the use of artificial intelligence or machine learning impacting photography in 2024?

I believe AI-generated images will create confusion for photography viewers. I’m already seeing this on social media. Proper disclosure is very important to help viewers understand the context of how an image was created.

What is your favorite photography book or resource that will continue to have a significant impact on your career in 2024? Why?

“More than a Rock” by Guy Tal. When This is my go-to book when I need inspiration.

© Scott Smorra.

What is your go-to method for overcoming creative block and finding inspiration in 2024?

I study the work of painters. I observe how they use light and composition to move the eye through a scene. I then incorporate the techniques into my work.

If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner in photography, what would it be?

Get out and practice as much as you can. It takes years to learn how to capture images correctly in the field and then post-process them effectively. I’ve been shooting for about 13 years, and I’m still learning new techniques. You need to know exactly what to do (and how to do it quickly) so you don’t miss capturing an image in the field.

Can you share a specific tool, technology, or software that has revolutionized your workflow and significantly enhanced your creative process as a photographer?

Lightroom Classic and Photoshop.

© Scott Smorra.

Any thoughts on the relationship between NFT and photography?

I think there is a future for NFTs since blockchain technology is an excellent way to show the provenance of a digital image. I like how NFT ownership is easy to prove and how artists can grant NFT owners special perks for owning an NFT. I don’t like how difficult it is to purchase NFTs. Most platforms require NFTs to be bought using cryptocurrency, which is a major barrier to mainstream adoption.

What is your biggest strength and your biggest weakness as a photographer in 2024?

Strength – I am highly motivated and driven to create, market, and sell my art/photography.
Weakness – Not enough time to create art.

I think it’s important for photographers to think about why they create photos.

Scott Smorra

Is there anything else you would like to add or any final thoughts you would like to share about your artistic journey, inspirations, or the impact you hope to make through your photography?

I think it’s important for photographers to think about why they create photos. Starting with the why has helped me develop and refine my own creative process.

  • Favourite photography digital tool in 2024
    — Lightroom Classic
  • Your favourite Photographer in 2024
    — Guy Tal
  • Which photography conference, workshop, event, exhibition, etc., would you recommend to photographers in 2024?
    — Nature Photographers Network
  • Which social media platform do you use the most as a photographer?
    — Instagram and Facebook
  • Will you use or experiment with NFT in 2024?
    — Yes
  • What is your motto for 2024?
    — “Keep going!”
  • Do you think the always-improving cameras on smartphones will result in less work for professional photographers in 2024?
    — No
  • Three must-have photography gadgets or tools for aspiring photographers?
    — Lightweight/sturdy tripod, cable/remote release, and a camera bag with easy access to gear.
  • Name one unconventional source of inspiration that photographers should explore for fresh ideas in 2024.
    — Study the work of painters.
  • One underrated photography technique that can instantly enhance a photographer’s portfolio
    — Intentional camera movement (ICM)
  • What is the most innovative use of technology you’ve seen in photography recently?
    — RAW processing in Lightroom/ Adobe Camera Raw.
  • Who to follow on social media or take inspiration from in 2024?
    — Guy Tal, Viktoria Haack, Collen Miniuk, Sarah Marino, and Marc Adamus.

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Perrin lives as a nomad in Canada and spends his time shooting landscape photography while exploring the wilderness. Throughout his career, Perrin has been a wedding, portrait, and product photographer. However, his passion always leads him back to the outdoors, where he teaches people how to photograph and interact with the natural world.
Perrin lives as a nomad in Canada and spends his time shooting landscape photography while exploring the wilderness. Throughout his career, Perrin has been a wedding, portrait, and product photographer. However, his passion always leads him back to the outdoors, where he teaches people how to photograph and interact with the natural world.
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  1. Great advice telling newbies to get out there and practice to be able to react quickly to your surrounding to get the best photo. I find editing is something you really need to know in this environment.

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