NZPhotographer Issue 17, March 2019

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Behind The Shot

with Scott Cushman of Digital Fish

F4, 1/250s, ISO200, 30mm

HI SCOTT, TELL US ABOUT YOU!

I’m based on the North Shore in Auckland and am a freelance

writer, photographer, and videographer who works with

recreational anglers but also industry people.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND

VIDEOGRAPHY?

I was doing my OE and got into photography as a 20 year old

when I decided to buy an old Pentax A3000 and start taking

photographs. I took an online freelance course and started

practising and developing my craft, starting with what I knew

(fishing) and branching out from there. My photography has

developed alongside my writing and as technology and media

have changed, my fishing and photography kit have grown with

video and then drone equipment being added.

TELL US ABOUT THIS JOHN DORY SHOT…

We were out fishing, doing a story in the Hauraki Gulf and it was still

early morning. The fish were slow on the bite but I pulled this up. I took

a moment to get my camera out. It’s difficult to get the balance

right – shooting or fishing because you need fish to photograph but

then you need to be constantly thinking photos because you need

to capture the moments. Building up a stock of images is essential

to be able to produce copy month in and month out and the fish

looked great in the water. I haven’t used it in a story yet but no doubt

will pull it out for a story on catching John Dory.

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS SHOT?

The sun was low and the sea was darker because the sun wasn’t

high in the sky but it still illuminated the John Dory nicely and made

it stand out. The fish has very high dorsal fins (the ones on top of the

body) which helps make it look more interesting. The fish was sitting

at just the right angle to reflect the sun’s rays as well. John Dory are

such an unusual looking fish, they make interesting subjects even

for non-fishing people.

WHAT EQUIPMENT ARE YOU SHOOTING WITH?

I currently shoot mostly using a Nikon D7200 with the Nikon 16–

80mm, Sigma 8–16mm, Nikon 80–400mm AFS, Nikon 40mm micro,

and Tamron 60mm macro f2 lenses. I often have the ultra-wide

or extreme telephoto on my camera but I have recently been

using my 40mm micro 2.8 and I have been getting some satisfying

images.

The John Dory shot was with a Sony RX10 MkII which is an amazing

piece of kit. I needed the smallest, best quality camera that could

shoot stills and video and after reading about some of the guys

working for National Geographic using them as back up and

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