About - Camerashy Photography
About-Scott-Near

In addition to being a wedding and portrait photographer, I teach photography at all levels and I guest lecture to universities, colleges and camera clubs. I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society, the Master Photographers Association and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.


Worldwide Exhibitions

May 2017 - Some of my work formed part of the Gurushots 'Composing with Colour' photographic exhibition in Paris. I was one of the photographers selected from over 9,200 photographers worldwide.

July 2017 - One of my wedding images was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Black & White' photographic exhibition in Madrid. I was one of the photographers selected from over 17,300 photographers worldwide.

August 2017 - One of my Italian street images was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Unposed' photographic exhibition in Edinburgh. I was one of the photographers selected from over 11,400 worldwide.

September 2017 - One of my child portraits was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Kodak Moments' photographic exhibition in New York. I was one of the photographers selected from over 11,900 worldwide.

October 2017 - One of my dance portraits was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Telling a Story' photographic exhibition in Essen, Germany. I was one of the photographers selected from over 11,600 worldwide.

March 2018 - One of my food images was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Solo Subjects' photographic exhibition in Vienna, Austria. I was one of only 40 photographers selected from over 42,900 worldwide to have work printed.

May 2018 - Another of my food & drink images was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Mostly White' photographic exhibition in London. I was one of the photographers selected from over 30,900 worldwide.

June 2018 - One of my travel photographs was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Favourite Shots' photographic exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. I was one of the photographers selected from over 46,300 worldwide.

July 2018 - One of my wedding portraits was selected as part of the Gurushots 'Monochrome' photographic exhibition in Singapore. I was one of the photographers selected from over 38,300 worldwide.


Other Achievements

April 2017 - I was selected for the Royal Photographic Society's advisory panel at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

July 2017 - I had the honour of being selected as an Ambassador to the British Photography Awards. The awards not only recognise exceptional photographers from across the UK, the organisation actively supports a range of fantastic charities and encourages photography as an incredible storytelling medium at all levels. If you would like to know more about the awards, please feel free to contact me. 

December 2017 - One of my still life images was published in an international coffee table book titled 'Everyday Objects'.

July 2018 - I was accepted into the prestigious Master Photographers Association

Biography

When I was 11 years old, I bought my first Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera with money I was given for my birthday. This was of course long before digital photography so film was the order of the day. In a way, I am extremely grateful that I started with film because it taught me how to see before taking the photo.

Films and processing were expensive for a boy of my age so I would take a long time planning, checking settings and carefully composing the photograph before I even pressed the shutter release. This was a fantastic way to learn about the camera but there was one major flaw in this process. The subject.

Ironically, the things I wanted to photograph so meticulously with this painstakingly slow 'road to perfection' were birds and other wildlife. Yes you've guessed it. By the time the camera was ready and I was happy with the shot, the subject was usually long gone.

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Thankfully though I learned a huge amount in relation to how a camera works, what makes a good photo and of course, how to do it all much quicker! When I attended Art School in Lincolnshire, I learned about darkroom processing and printing (among other disciplines) to complement my knowledge of photography.

Move forward more than 30 years from buying my first SLR, following a variety of non-photographic jobs and a computing degree, I am now the proud owner of Camerashy Photography and have been for a number of years. Film cameras have evolved into the digital variety and the darkroom has become Adobe Lightroom. I work from home in Edinburgh where I have my editing studio and my love for photography is as solid now as it was as a child.

All of the equipment I use professionally is from Nikon giving me a set of very robust and versatile tools with which to create images to the level of quality you see throughout this site. When I'm not working I am usually photographing for pleasure - my love of wildlife photography never faded.

In addition to wildlife photography I love to travel so wherever I go at least one camera comes with me. Exploring a new place is always inspirational and I constantly look for new and exciting images to bring home. 

Please take some time to have a look through my website and if you're on social media, add me using the buttons at the bottom of the page.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and please get in touch if you would like more information about the work I do.

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