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Artist Spotlight: Casey Szocinski

Posted: October 2, 2013 - 10:02am
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Szocinski's work.
Szocinski's work.

Casey Szocinski purchased his first camera when he was stationed in Vietnam and started shooting with ektrachrome film.

It was about 20 years ago when his interest in the medium escalated. During his time working for the US Postal Service, Szocinski started shooting weddings and shot between 25 and 30 events before he retired.

“The digital age changed everything in photography,” he explained. “If you want to learn it, you can learn more in one day on the internet than I could in 3-4 months before the internet. Now you can get instant feedback on the camera. If you have any questions, all you have to do is Google it and you will find dozens of places to go. There are cameras and simulators online where you can change all the settings in your photo and see what the affect would have on it. It used to be a big deal seeing an eagle fly and getting that in focus. Now you can take a photo from anywhere in the world and make the eagle a part of that photo”.

He enjoys being a member in several photography clubs and guilds, including the Artists Guild of Columbia County, Columbia (SC) Camera Club and the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. This association produces a quarterly newsletter, Camera in the Wild and features members’ photographs.

Szocinski also teaches macro photography at Georgia Regents University-Summerville Campus and his next class will be October 12. It is a six-hour class with three hours in the classroom and three hours in the field visiting a local nursery for subjects.

“The class requires a digital single lens reflex camera and will teach the participants how to do special things with photography affordably,” he said.

More information is on the Web, www.ced.aug.edu.

His focus is on nature portraits, and his favorite spots to shoot are the Brick Pond in North Augusta and locations in Colorado, Edisto Island and Florida.

“I try to have a good time with my photography and I enjoy the photography groups. I also enjoy meeting new people through my teaching,” he said.

His photographs have been published in South Carolina Wildlife and he was a finalist in a competition offered by the magazine.

He has been a multiple award winner at the Greenwood Festival of Flowers, with first, second and third place ribbons.

Reach Szocinski at macpaz@comcast.net or 706-831-0109.

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