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This team, comprising several ePHOTOzine members, have volunteered to actively contribute to the Critique Gallery to provide valuable feedback with sensible constructive advice to help new members improve and more experienced members develop further.
Willie Baneham (banehawi)
Willie has had an interest in photography from the time he was 17 years old. He owned a Pentax 35mm camera, and developed and printed B&W film in a small dark room for a year or so. He took a break from serious photography for many years after he was married and he raised 4 kids, and started up again about 10 years ago with a Canon Elan film camera, and then took to digital immediately it became mainstream. Willie has what's called an eclectic style - he takes pictures of anything, and likes digital manipulation. He feels that critiquing is not only a way for the person receiving the critique to improve, but also for the person critiquing.
Pamela Vinton (pamelajean)
Pamela's enthusiasm for photography began whilst working for the Forestry Commission in the New Forest. She made it a personal project to photograph every wild flower in the forest and produce ID information for visitors. This project gradually widened to include insects and wildlife. Now retired, she challenges herself to all aspects of outdoor photography, with a keen interest in abstracts and unusual aspects/angles. Having been the grateful recipient of constructive critique from site members herself, Pamela nowadays enjoys giving helpful advice to others travelling the same pathway to improvement.
Janet Walters (chase)
Janet has always had a camera of some kind, starting with a Kodak Brownie 127 far too many years ago. When the digital age appeared she treated herself to a little Fuji compact followed by a Fuji S7000, but even though she loved the macro facility she needed more. Next along was a Nikon D70, Nikon D2X & now a D300 & far more lenses than she actually needs. Floral images were her real starting point and she often raid the garden for subjects. She even plants special flowers in the garden that have good shape & form so that she can photograph them. Living 'out in the sticks' she gets loads of little birds in the garden, so her next project was to devise a set up where she didn't have to sit out in the freezing cold for ages, that worked very well & still does. Portraits were her next passion & she invested in a couple of nice studio lights, a big soft box ,triflector..and..and..the list goes on. Janet loves playing with light & watching the mood of an image alter as she changes the position & source of the light. Being creative & different is amazing, using layers & textures is fascinating & she spends far too much time at the computer trying different things. She joined a local Camera Club a couple of years ago & has been very successful. Last year she managed Photographer of the Year!
Alistair Farrugia (alistairfarrugia)
Alistair was always fascinated by good images, however it was only in July of 2012 that the photography bug really sunk its teeth! After completing a 20 hour Introduction to Photography course, and acquiring his first DSLR, the passion for photography as a serious hobby was ignited for good! To further his knowledge of the subject and share his work, Alistair joined ePHOTOzine in September of 2012, particularly on the strength of the Critique Gallery feature. Aspiring to learn from others and share his lessons, Alistair actively participated in the Critique Gallery, regularly submitting his work for review and offering his critique for others' as well. His interest in the Critique Gallery and regular contributions caught the attention of ePHOTOzine and Alistair was offered to join the Critique Team in February 2013. He accepted with the explicit aim to help others in the same manner as that with which he had benefited of in the past. Alistair believes knowledge is best when it's shared, and that is what he hopes his critique will lead to.
Moira Wooldridge (mrswoolybill)
Moira received her first camera in 1959, and has not been without one since. She married into a press (and formerly WW2) photographer's family, and quickly became familiar with the darkroom and the deadlines. Her father-in-law's circle included local pressmen and also the Picture Post crowd, notably his old AFPU mate Bert Hardy who was a frequent visitor. She wishes she had learned more from them technically, but she watched them at work, their timing and what would now be called their people skills. She joined ePHOTOzine in 2006 and appreciates the focus and discipline that it has given her photography. Now retired and loving it, she uses her passion constructively, volunteering as Community Photographer and running a U3A Photography group. Her main areas are reportage and 'the smaller picture', but she will photograph anything. (That Calendar Boys project will happen one day... ) She has a particular interest in the psychology of how the eye and brain 'read' images. She believes in giving helpful, encouraging, polite critique, always on the basis of first trying to understand what a photographer is actually seeking to achieve.
Nick Cooper (Sooty_1)
Nick has always taken photographs, since his first 120 Bakelite camera as a child, through Instamatics, then compacts. A Praktica SLR bought from a friend at uni started an interest in more serious photography, and he has been shooting most formats ever since. He considers himself lucky to have a good friend in the photography retail business from whom he's been able to borrow and use an enormous range of equipment. Landscapes are Nick's preferred subject, but he has shot virtually all genres on both film and digital over the years, including commissioned work, giving him experience across a broad range of subjects. He still enjoys darkroom work, developing and printing his own film when he can, but also enjoys the newer challenges of digital processing. Perhaps it's his background in engineering, but he firmly believes that enjoyment of photography doesn't have to be expensive, and the more you can do and make for yourself, the better and more satisfying.
Paul Robertson (Coast)
Paul used holiday money aged 7 to buy his first camera, an Agfamatic 110 but it was aged 10 when he was fascinated by an older friends "proper" camera, a Ricoh KR10, when the bug really took hold. It took a year to save up for his own 35mm SLR which came from Dixons in the form of a Chinon CE4s. Following on from a work experience stint with a local Photography Studio, Paul worked weekends and holidays from aged 13 for a Social and Commercial Photographer. Two years of Photography study after leaving school resulted in a BTEC Diploma and a job as a Commercial Photographer was landed. Over the next 4 years Paul worked on studio and location shoots for a range of different contracts as well as undertaking wedding and portraiture and a year lecturing in Photography at West Bridgeford college of FE near Nottingham. Personal circumstances led to a change of career and Paul all but hung up his photography kit aside from family snaps, for almost 10 years. As the digital revolution took hold, however, Paul's interest was rekindled. Keeping it purely at enthusiast level Paul has a keen interest in portraiture, landscapes, abstract and street style photography and has quite an eclectic portfolio. His other passion being Cycling can also be seen amongst his work. Paul enjoys being able to help others develop their photography skills and knowledge and benefit from his experience.
John Duder (dudler)
John started developing his own films to save money for making model aeroplanes: six months in, the planes were consigned to the loft, and a lifetime addiction had started. A belated interest in digital began in 2005, but has never overcome John's love of black-and-white printing under a dim orange light, and his belief in the Contax RTS (with an 85mm Planar attached) as the peak of all camera development! An early interest in photographing girls has led to considerable experience in the studio, and John specialises in studio flash, low light and environmental portraiture. John's other interests include reading and writing: and over the last couple of years, he's found just how much fun sharing photographic knowledge can be and he's also learned that it's a great way to find out more about pictures, cameras and other interesting stuff like that. He's hoping that joining the Critique Team will start to improve his landscape photography.
Keith Rowley (dark_lord)
I got into photography with my first SLR in 1980 while still at school. I started off shooting colour slide, which I continued to do until the advent of digital. I dabbled in black and white deveoping and printing at school and university. I like the freedom digital has brought with it enabling me to get an image looking how I want it, and allowing me to indulge in monochrome again. I have a diverse range of photographic interests including but not limited to landscape, natural history, sports and action, still life, and studio work. I have spent many years in a training and development environment where constructive feedback and encouragement are part of the job, so I can bring those skills to the critique gallery. I came from a technical background so I can quickly gain an understanding of the technical considerations of photography but in the early days I put too much emphasis on this and not so much on the aesthetic and creative side of the subject. I'd encourage people to explore that side as I believe they'll develop quicker as a photographer that way. I'm also a believer in making the most of what we have and not buying equipment because we think it will give us better pictures.There are many great photographers out there, and they have all influenced me in one way or another to a greater or lesser extent, but Henri Cartier-Bresson with his capture of the 'decisive moment' philosophy says what photography is all about.
My interest in photography started at 17, after I saw a friend's framed photo of an arched stone bridge reflected in a river to produce an almost perfect circle. After many years of using and abusing both print and slide film to produce imagery, I moved to digital in about 2003. Since then, my enthusiasm has waxed and waned and it's really only in the last 3 years that the interest has turned into an all-consuming passion. I love to dissect imagery and am fascinated with aesthetics and how our emotions connect (or disconnect) with an image, and why. I love to help people see their own work in a different light and believe that critique is a two-way process; one that benefits both the giver and the receiver. Photographically, my interests are a mixed bag to say the least, but in the last year or so I've migrated more towards digital manipulation techniques, compositing and the realms of the 'unreal', but am still on a huge learning curve myself in that respect. I do, however, believe firmly in 'pure' photographic techniques and practices but readily accept that technology and software doesn't stand still, and that to avoid using it to enhance imagery is a wasted opportunity.