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OK then...here we go...
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Hi Nik, since I'm handing over the baton I'll get things started with the "routine" photography questions!
How and when did your interest in photography start?
What are your main interests for photography subject matter and why?
What's your favourite bit of kit and why?
Do you upgrade anything? If so, is it when you have the cash, necessity (i.e. something's broken so needs replacing) or you want to have the latest gear?
Quote: How and when did your interest in photography start?
Probably when I was at college. I did an animation course and Photography was one of
the modules. I bought myself a Zenit something and a 35mm lens. Don't
have it any more...
Quote: What are your main interests for photography subject matter and why?
I don't think I have any main interests. It's all good to me. I quite like macro stuff, but equally
I like motor sport pictures as well....
Quote: What's your favourite bit of kit and why?
My 50mm 1.8. really sharp, good DoF, fast and cheap
Quote: Do you upgrade anything? If so, is it when you have the cash, necessity (i.e. something's broken so needs replacing) or you want to have the latest gear?
Not really. I only got my D200 because my D70 was stolen. I think if that never happened
then I'd still be using it.
From your questions to me, and your answers above, we probably have quite a few similar views on things...
I noticed too that you've been around a few years more than me yet still only have 3 pages of uploads. Are you a busy man too? Or self-critical like me?
Do you take lots of photos, snap-shot style like me, and hope for some winners, or do you plan everything meticulously? I'd like to say I do both when time permits, but I suppose most of mine fall into the snap-shot category with some thought behind them...
Edit: Just read your "About" section and had a very quick glance at your Flickr site... I suppose that answers the question about taking more photos!
I usually post images onto my Flickr account. I never really got a lot of response / critiques from EPZ for some reason
so use Flickr more.
I don't tend to plan anything photography-wise. I do lots of planning and such with work so I suppose
I prefer not having to do it in my hobby
Quote: I don't tend to plan anything photography-wise. I do lots of planning and such with work so I suppose
which brings us to the next obvious question what do you do when you are not taking photos ? Did you always see yourself in your current profession or it just happened ?
I work for a game development company, as
Art Outsource Manager. Which means that I deal
with external companies that we use to produce
Art assets for our games.
I never thought I'd be involved in making games.
I always wanted to be an animator, which I did get
to do in the early 90s. I sort of found myself in game
dev when the animation work dried up.
So I have been doing it quite a while now, about 15
years, in various Art positions.
So another person with lots of years on the site yet only a few photos uploaded, as has been mentioned - makes is hard to think of photography questions really...
Here's one I asked before
Your mate gives you £XXX for 1 days tuition with a DSLR - you've got carte blanche, you can teach him anything, he's no concept of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, composition, rule of thirds, lead lines, balance, focal point, lens length, focus etc. etc.
By the end of the day he says he wants to "be able to take better photographs" - they always say something wishy washy and generic like that!
How would you plan the day - what do you teach him and in what order and why?
Jeez. That's a tough one. First thing I'd ask is wether he is sure he wants to pay
me to teach anything, as I am no expert
I suppose I'd start by explaining aperture, as I tend to use A mode
more than anything. Then take some shots to show what it does.
Maybe followed by some composition theory.
And the same thing with shutter speed.
Lastly some ISO stuff as, having been out with a mate who is new to
dSLRs, that seems to be something that some people have trouble
Dont know where I'd do it though.
It's an interesting question isn't it?
I think "how to hold the camera" would be my first point, as many people just hold the body, rather than supporting the lens with their left hand.
I think in a 1-day session there's a toss up between compositiion and exposure.
You "can" get away with using full auto for exposure - you can't use an "auto-compose" setting to compose a shot, so in a way I'm erring in composition direction as a starter.
Then again, the creative side of me wants to show everyone what you can do with wide apertures!
Tough one, so that's why I asked it
I agree. I am not too up to speed on exposure stuff, generally
just trial an error, hence me leaving it out
lol - its imprinted on my brain!
Just think of it as beer...
ISO = size of glass
Shutter speed = how long it takes to pour a glass
Aperture = how fast the beer comes out of the pump
I feel a certain affinity with such thinking
if a 1/2 pint of guinness takes 30 seconds to pour, how long does a pint?
is the same as
if a shot at ISO200 and F16 takes 30 seconds to expose correctly, how long would it take at ISO 100
Quote: if a 1/2 pint of guinness takes 30 seconds to pour, how long does a pint?
. . . quite a bit longer than twice that in reality Ade!
But I do get your drift.
In fact I shall remember that analogy for future reference.
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