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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.
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.
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.
Alan Hardy (whatriveristhis)
An interest in photography beyond the world of holiday snaps and family albums didn't begin for me until I was in my 30s, when I discovered the work of Fay Godwin, probably around 1984-85. Her black and white landscape photographs were a revelation to me, and for some years I worked hard at teaching myself to be a landscape photographer, initially working with 35mm, then later with medium format cameras. I switched from film to digital about 10 years ago. These days I no longer think of myself as a pure landscape specialist, and try to take a more varied approach, although the landscape genre remains an area of particular interest and continues to be an important element in my work. For me, the exposure I make in-camera is only ever a starting point, as I'm more interested in 'imaginative truth' than in mere factual recording, and I derive great satisfaction from working in the digital darkroom, attempting to translate the essence of what was an experience in four dimensions and up to five senses into a mere two dimensions and one sense! On a technical level I pay a lot of attention to composition, and always work intuitively, preferring to use my eyes rather than a rule book... or to put it another way, I basically just juggle things until it all looks right. I don't consider myself an expert in any particular area, but I've learned a few things over the years, and I think one of the most important pieces of advice I would offer to someone just starting out on their adventure into photography would be to concentrate on developing 'visual awareness,' the ability to see potential images in places where some might see nothing.
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!