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How I Started

Leilani > Leilani Blog > How I Started
26/07/2012 - 1:11 AM

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When I was a little girl, about eleven at the time I was given a camera by my Mum. It was a Kodak Pocket Camera. This particular day, we were in Boots the chemist and I must have been cooing over it…You should of seen my face I was as a happy as can be when Mum handed it to me. As soon as I could I snapped at everything I could!

Of course in them days the 110 cartridge film was expensive to process, so developing and getting new film was very few and far between. I can’t even remember the camera name but it was an oblong shaped and sleek with a shiny chrome button on the top.

Below is the one photo that I can find which I took with this camera…I love it even though it’s out of focus and over exposed. It was the Seventies and boy the fashion back then!

BT Tower 1970's Click To See Larger Image

So that was my beginning to photography, over the years I have taken snaps like most people with various different film cameras but it wasn’t until I got my first digital that I really became interested. I bought a Casio QV-10A Digital Camera off eBay, 2 mega pixels, swivel lens, and real time display!

I remember taking my Mum who by now was suffering with dementia to pick it up, I was over joyed…I could snap away to my hearts content, then just ditch them if I didn’t like them…well that was 1999, I have to say, I still have a lot of the snaps and really they were just that, snaps! Looking back at the quality it was like photos taken with a web cam, course that could have just been my crappy photographing skills! lol

In 2001 by now really keen to get into photography, I splashed out! OMG…the best camera in the world…Nikon 990 3.1 Mega pixels and I have to say, I still have it and it’s as good today as it was back then, in ease and quality. I also signed up with the BFP British Freelance Photography course, alas that was wasted money, as life changed and I never submitted anything. They did say I could take my time…do you think it’s too late after 11 years?

During that time I developed my web design business so graphical work and coding became the forefront and I originally designed this site with a very basic gallery layout. I had put up a few pics over the years but my time was spent on other web design projects and my business.

In 2008 I got my Canon 400D a lovely digital SLR, that’s when I really started to take photos and actually spend some time on what I was shooting. It’s taking me time to get used to all the functions, because even though I have loved taking photos I could never get my head around all the F stops, aperture, exposure etc.

Even today when I use manual I go with feel and intuition, like a person who plays music by ear. Although saying this, I am learning quickly. Of course this will all change as I develop my skills and eye, seems odd writing this and recalling a history of over 30 years of taking snaps and I am only just getting into my passion! Better late than never I guess : )

Original Blog Here

Tags: 990, Camera, Casio, Nikon, Starting photography


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