The Canon Collective is a group of passionate photography Ambassadors dedicated to helping you grow your skills in relaxed, down-to-earth environment.
In this article Scott Stramyk — one of our Sydney-based Canon Collective Ambassadors — shares a bit about what makes him tick.
Describe yourself in 25 words or less:
Knowledgeable, Easy-going, Approachable, Friendly and Passionate.
Tell us about your photography journey so far:
I found my passion for photography around age ten, when I started traveling on family holidays with my camera in-hand. I wanted to capture as much of the places we visited as I could, and share my experiences.
I started photographing professionally during my first year of TAFE.
I was working as a portrait photographer for schools, preschools, and sporting groups.
On the side I was working for my TAFE teacher as a sports photographer, photographing high-level athletes and competitions around Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
I then began doing Wedding Photography as a second shooter, and started full-time as a Glamour Photographer for multiple well-known companies.
After about four or five years I left to run my own corporate portrait and wedding photography business. This lasted me up until I started working for Canon in 2013 — first as part of Canon Professional Services and then in Canon Collective.
Share the story behind one of your most memorable photographs:
This simple portrait of Kibali, a Male Gorilla at Taronga Zoo, is very striking to me. Whenever I see this image I’m drawn to his eyes and am captivated by the raw emotion on his face. There’s nothing that distracts you in this portrait — his eyes are the story. You can see in his eyes that he’s reminiscing and reflecting on his life.
It’s no different to a portrait of a human looking back on their life and reminiscing, there’s a strong connection to the human race that we can’t ignore.
Explain your go-to gear and why you rate it so highly:
I love the Canon EF 100mm Macro lens
— it gets you so close to objects that you can’t normally inspect with the naked eye. It opens up an interesting world that’s otherwise overlooked.
What's your favourite part of your job as a Canon Collective Ambassador?
The perks of the job are meeting new and passionate like-minded individuals that have a common interest in photography. Watching them grow as individuals and storytellers is priceless, especially knowing where they came from.
If weren't a Canon Collective Ambassador what would you be doing?
Traveling! I can’t see my life without photography.
Travel and photography are my two passions in life and they work hand in hand. I work to travel and I travel to work.
What's the first thing a new photographer needs to learn?
Being able to critically analyse images is important. There’s a good exercise I often recommend for new photographers which goes like this:
Find your favourite 20 photos and print them out.
Lay them out and study the images one-by-one and discover what it is you love about them, is it:
- Foreground Interest
- Lens choice
Write down your findings, and treat them as goals to aim for and help shape your own images.
Who inspires you?
Ken Duncan and Steve Parish are big influences in photography for me. When I started I had a big passion for Nature and Landscape photography.
Where’s your favourite location to shoot and why?
My favourite location to photograph would be a tie between New Zealand and Japan.
Japan is on the list for its amazing culture, interesting people and abundant landscapes.
New Zealand is on the list for its vast landscapes — it has some of the most beautiful vistas in the world.