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Scott Griessel

Scott Griessel or better known as Creatista from the United States is our highlight on this issue of Hear It! A little adventurous in his pursue for great images, he is a photographer that exudes creativity and passion in an effort to bring stills to life. Lets take a peek into his creative background and share his experience in the world of photography.

Photographer: creatista / Scott Griessel
Country of Origin: United States

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
I have Canon EOS 1Ds, 20D and 2 snappy little digital Rebels for looking more like a tourist than a professional. :-) I have lots of lenses, but my favorite are the 70 to 200 EF with Image Stabilization. I love shooting people indoors in a pinch of F2.8.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
I am excited that the doors of opportunity have opened for so much wild and creative work. Thinking of it, people are already editing their own images using their cell phones! Media professionals of all sorts can learn a lot from the way pop-culture is using the technology and making it available to them. Sometimes my favorite shots are someone else's mistakes!

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
A Zoologist and a TV Producer.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I started off with writing and directing films and videos (commercials, point-of-sales, training films, trade show materials, narrative, etc.). But as I move on, I began exploring on creative photo directions and realized what I'm actually capable of. And here I am now!

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
If your work involves dealing with models, being easy to work with is the key. For other subjects, you will need a lot of patience, a quirky attitude and a willingness to go to all extents to snap the perfect shot.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
I'm a creative guy, not a technical guy. And I'm also a little number-dyslexic. F-stops and mm lengths were somewhat of a mystery to me at first. But now, I'm able understand the underlying physics of it and worked around numbers by thinking about what the camera is doing at any given moment.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Being able to access to places other people don't, being able to explore behind-the-scenes situations and getting to work with actors and models. When people coo over your shots, that's the best feeling ever!

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
I'm a diligent planner but I'm also the type that likes to have everything in place so that serendipity can take over. I believe that if we have all our details arranged, then we are more free to experiment with other possibilities.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
I explore different perspectives for different clients all the time. I'm both squirrelly and compulsive so I could end up taking lots of exposures. I even shoot when my models are getting their make up on or when they are laughing amongst themselves.

10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
Follow my heart AFTER making the arrangements.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Hard question. I recently did a pro bono shoot for the United Cerebral Palsy. There are both adults and kids who often don't get a lot of attention because people think they're weird or boken in some way. It's fun to meet and show them what unique personalities and souls they have!

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Lightning. It's always over there when I have my camera ready.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Compassion. Everyone likes to be treated well and respected.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
In the photography line, it's probably Weston, Meatyard, and Man Ray. Otherwise I'm a fan of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Jesus of Nazareth.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I ooze creativity. I wish I could just turn it off sometimes so I could get some sleep!

16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
I just do it.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I'm definitely interested in the aggressive aspects of photography. The sort of "capture" mentality is very interesting. I have a project that I do for fun. My wife drives and I shoot with a long lens on auto focus without doing much composition. I make exposures based on split second decisions and I “bag” as many as I go along. I'm not a hunter but it somehow feels like that.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
I admire Meatyard for his creepiness, Weston for being introspective, Man Ray for being experimental, and Arbus his soulfulness.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
It can be a little daunting at first with all the requirements - file sizes, pristine image, subjects, etc. But hang in there. Remember that your most incredible experimental shots may not be the best stock. It is, after all, commerce, so you need to think like the end user and shoot stuff they will want to use.

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