Corner Member Close Up: Scott Halford

He's a moderator, one of the most popular members of the forum, a contributing author to the Corner Resource Center, a fantastic, ever improving photographer, and all-around great guy. Today's Corner Member Close Up gives us a little more insight into the man we know as Scott111184: Scott Halford.

Name: Scott Halford
Username: Scott111184


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Scott Halford, 26 years young, living in Harker Heights Texas and work construction (for now).

What does your username mean?

Pretty simple, just my name and birth date.

How old were you when you took your first picture with a camera; any camera? Was it any good?

Other than a disposable, I was 18 when I got my first SLR (Canon EOS 650). My first images and many images after it were completely horrible!

What was it about photography that made you want to become a photographer? Why do you take photographs?

To me photography is a way to freeze time and archive history. I love viewing older photographs thinking one day one of my images will be on display somewhere and they will be appreciated.

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

I would have to say when I was about 15 or 16, but I never really got serious about it until 18 when I moved to Hawaii. I just wish I knew then what I know now.

What is your background/training in photography?

I am self taught, never had any formal training. Most of the stuff I have actually learned was from right here at the Corner. I can honestly say if it wasn't for the Corner I wouldn't be where I am now.


What was your very first camera?

Canon EOS 650

What equipment is in your camera bag now? What pieces of equipment will be added to the collection next?

You are asked to choose one lens from the following group: 14mm wide angle, 50mm prime, 200mm telephoto, 105mm macro. You could only use one of these for the rest of your photographic life. Which would you choose and why?

Easy question! 50mm on full frame and 30-35mm on crop. I feel that is a great range for what I shoot and my 30mm stays on the body 95% of the time.

Bonus Questions

Have you ever Photoshoped/edited a photo but told others you haven't?

Nope because all the images I share have been processed! lol

Do you like your photos most of the time or dislike them most of the time? Why do you think that is?

Slowly I think I'm starting to like more and more what I'm producing, it just takes time to get it right.

Have you ever taken the EXIF/exposure info from any of the critiques and tried it yourself?

All the time, still do it to this day.

Do you think that photographers take photos because they can't paint; or do painters paint because they aren't good photographers?

To each their own, each is a talent but the artists express themselves in their own ways.

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

Abandoned building and people, sometimes together. They give me a feeling of past and present, what once was and what is. May sound weird but thats just me.

You are given a dream assignment to photograph one location in the world. Where/what would it be? When would you shoot it? Why that place and that time?

South Georgia Island in the summer time (winter is too cold). The landscape and variety of animals are like nowhere else in the world

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

Bare none, Dave Hill! His work is phenomenal and could only dream of creating art like his. The detail, emotions and his control of like is beyond imagination.

What are your goals for your photography?

One day I would like my work to be noticed. Someone walk into a gallery and say "Oh that photo was done by Scott Halford." Maybe one day it will happen, if not the journey was great and would never fall out of love with my passion.

What photo did you take that you are the most proud of up to this point in your photographic journey?

It's hard for me to decide that one, but every photo I take of my children are priceless and those mean the world to me.

What was your most embarrassing moment while taking pictures?

Drove 45 minutes to the beach for the sunset and come to find out my CF cards were at home, wasn't too happy about that and was a little embarrassed.

What was the most dangerous thing (or worst thing) you ever did to get 'The Shot'?

I don't consider anything I've really done dangerous, surprisingly.

What do you do with your photographs?

Mostly personal but sometimes have a sale or two.

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

When I joined I was greeted warmly and never looked down upon, even though my images sucked!

What keeps your hanging around the Corner?

The Corner is a community that I can truly call the members of my friends. My only downside would be that I don't spend as much time here as I want.

What section of the Corner is your most frequented or favorite?

It used to be landscapes but I've been venturing out more into the portrait world so that would be my section of choice. :)

What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Stick with it, don't let anyone or anything get you down. Once you learn the "rules" of photography you can break them and make your own, strive to create art that represents you.

If you could meet any member of the Corner, but could ask them only one question, who would you want to meet and what would that question be?

newlove (Lise) - she has made drastic leaps and bounds in her photography and marketing her business. I would ask her how she done it.


What thing about yourself as an artist do you want to be remembered for?

I'm not looking for wealth or fame, yes each would be nice but I would like to know that maybe one day my art has helped the world. Whether it be artistically or historically, even if that doesn't happen I enjoyed myself in the process.

If you knew it were your last day with your equipment, whether it be by choice or not, what would you photograph and why?

It all depends on the lighting! ;)

In all seriousness with no limitations? South Georgia Islands, out of all the places in the world I would love to photograph, that would be it. Now if it were my last day on earth I'd say forget the gear and spend it with my family! lol

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2010–11–26 17:36