For more than 20 years, Scott Dingman has created timeless images that capture the spirit of the human experience. 

 

Creating photographs within the confines of an advertising production shoot takes a unique skill set:  one has to be adept with clients while calmly directing talent in the midst of complex technical challenges.   Tremendous people skills are a given; balancing the myriad variables while allowing for spontaneous magic to occur, is the goal.  Doing this work on-location is challenging to say the least; being able to create gorgeous lighting and capture photographs of fleeting human expressions takes a great deal of planning and years of experience.

 

When asked to break down the elements that can make for an exceptional photograph, Scott often speaks of distilling them into "lighting, motion, emotion, and gesture".  “Look at paintings by 17th Century Dutch Masters (Scott's favorite is Vermeer)… there is only one light source:  a window or a candle perhaps, a shaft of sunlight, the diffusion of light thru a cloud or a curtain”; “consider the sublime lighting created in the landscapes that pit man against nature in 19th Century Hudson River School painters”; these are two of his favorite sources of artistic inspiration for lighting.  “Lighting can be the first cue to the viewer of the emotional intent of a photograph.  It is what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary image.  You can have a fantastic concept, exceptional casting, and beautiful styling but dull lighting, and the work will fall flat.  Gorgeous lighting can sometimes elevate an otherwise ho-hum image.” 


“Motion in a photograph helps lessen the static nature of still photography and conveys more of the energy found in real life; allowing for some blur, some motion, can add to an image.”

 

“Gesture is the subtle element of human action that allows for unspoken communication of emotion between people both in the photograph but also between the subject and the viewer of the photograph.  Since we are not working with sound, words are unavailable to us in the still photography realm; gestures provide for that communication and can be very effective tools to convey emotion.”

 

Scott has a BFA in Commercial Photographic Illustration and a minor in American Art from Rochester Institute of Technology and more than 20 years of experience photographing people from all walks of life in every imaginable location.  His career has encompassed many large-production location shoots but today, he finds the most pleasure in the creative latitude boutique advertising projects offer as well as doing portraits for executives, LinkedIn profiles, and personal projects. 


Never one to stop learning, Scott is also a board-certified Flight Paramedic which gives him special insight into healthcare-related photoshoots; that knowledge has also come in handy at times when shooting in remote locations.  Scott currently resides in Durham, NC and is the father of two talented young men who attend Duke University.  When not shooting photos, Scott enjoys his hobby of indoor skydiving, spending time with family and friends in the Adirondacks, and back-road adventures on his motorcycle.

 

 

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About Scott Dingman

For more than 20 years, Scott Dingman has created timeless images that capture the spirit of the human experience. 

 

Creating photographs within the confines of an advertising production shoot takes a unique skill set:  one has to be adept with clients while calmly directing talent in the midst of complex technical challenges.   Tremendous people skills are a given; balancing the myriad variables while allowing for spontaneous magic to occur, is the goal.  Doing this work on-location is challenging to say the least; being able to create gorgeous lighting and capture photographs of fleeting human expressions takes a great deal of planning and years of experience.

 

When asked to break down the elements that can make for an exceptional photograph, Scott often speaks of distilling them into "lighting, motion, emotion, and gesture".  “Look at paintings by 17th Century Dutch Masters (Scott's favorite is Vermeer)… there is only one light source:  a window or a candle perhaps, a shaft of sunlight, the diffusion of light thru a cloud or a curtain”; “consider the sublime lighting created in the landscapes that pit man against nature in 19th Century Hudson River School painters”; these are two of his favorite sources of artistic inspiration for lighting.  “Lighting can be the first cue to the viewer of the emotional intent of a photograph.  It is what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary image.  You can have a fantastic concept, exceptional casting, and beautiful styling but dull lighting, and the work will fall flat.  Gorgeous lighting can sometimes elevate an otherwise ho-hum image.” 


“Motion in a photograph helps lessen the static nature of still photography and conveys more of the energy found in real life; allowing for some blur, some motion, can add to an image.”

 

“Gesture is the subtle element of human action that allows for unspoken communication of emotion between people both in the photograph but also between the subject and the viewer of the photograph.  Since we are not working with sound, words are unavailable to us in the still photography realm; gestures provide for that communication and can be very effective tools to convey emotion.”

 

Scott has a BFA in Commercial Photographic Illustration and a minor in American Art from Rochester Institute of Technology and more than 20 years of experience photographing people from all walks of life in every imaginable location.  His career has encompassed many large-production location shoots but today, he finds the most pleasure in the creative latitude boutique advertising projects offer as well as doing portraits for executives, LinkedIn profiles, and personal projects. 


Never one to stop learning, Scott is also a board-certified Flight Paramedic which gives him special insight into healthcare-related photoshoots; that knowledge has also come in handy at times when shooting in remote locations.  Scott currently resides in Durham, NC and is the father of two talented young men who attend Duke University.  When not shooting photos, Scott enjoys his hobby of indoor skydiving, spending time with family and friends in the Adirondacks, and back-road adventures on his motorcycle.

 

 

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