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Hope you like the variety I have tried to bring in my portfolio. Most of the images have been put here for comment and that is always appreciated. I spend quite a bit of time in the Critique section and I know many visit my portfolio because I have passed comment on their work. Hope you think my work is of a reasonable standard.

I know that, even with 50 years experience there are still things to learn and that technology changes quickly.
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WinkStarted photography seriously in 1962 as a trainee works photographer - metallurgist actually but we had to take our own pictures. Learnt the trade with MPP 5x4, Sinar and Rolleiflex. (Real photography) There is no better way to learn than to have to do it all yourself. Technical degree at Sheffield.

Had custom darkroom for years with two enlargers and associated equipment. Mostly black and white but some colour. Now all sold off.

Won a few national competitions and have had many hundreds of images published. Wrote for one magazine for a year - Digital Photography Made Easy, and articles published in others.

I belonged to several clubs and was a PAGB judge and lecturer for many years - now not associated to clubs at all. Believe judging should be firm but honest. After technical comments, all judging is subjective.

I took early retirement in 2001 and now have Canon DSLR's. I must say they make life much easier - A3 prints of photographic quality. Also now use Fuji X series CSC a lot. A superb series of cameras and I struggle to see any quality difference from the DSLR. They are not so good at macro and fast action, but ideal to carry as you get older.

Have had a bit of a clear out of lenses and now start at 10/20 Sigma and go up to 18/250 with my main EOS fit lenses being 105 and 150mm Sigma macro. The Fuji system has grown to several bodies, the latest a T20 and my most used lens in this system is the 100/400 zoom. A superb bit of gear.

Was often called back in to my old employer, but as a photographer, not a production manager. Was, apparently as good as most local professionals - but rather cheaper. Not that cheap, however, that's why I could afford the decent gear. Tax man rather pleased at the time. Now fully retired and shoot for fun unless cornered for family events, etc..

Industrial photography makes you look at things differently. All technique and quality based. Thus tend to not be very artistic. Consider exposure and subject sharpness paramount in almost any image.

Involved with several on line agencies.

I get chastised on occasion that my comments in the critique section are a bit short and to the point. Some don't seem to like plain speaking it seems. Goes back to the days when, as a PAGB judge I sometimes had to judge 50 or 60 images in two hours or less in front of a club audience. You learn to analyse quickly and keep things to a minimum.

Sometimes, I had to judge without previously seeing the images, so I always insisted on a quick run through before the night started to assess a quality range.

Now, 2018. Use the Fuji kit almost all the time. No problems with quality in any respect including speed of focusing. Use the Canon only for Macro because I have the gear in that fit.


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Member Info

  • Name
    Paul Broadbent
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Last login
    16/06/2018 @08:19
  • Photographic Level

    Semi Pro
  • Photographic Interests

    Wildlife / Nature
    Close-up / Macro
    Flowers & Plants
    Sports / Action
    Digitally manipulated
    Black & White
    Humour / Fun
    Street Photography