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paulbroad's About Page

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Paul Broadbent
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Photographer Level
Semi Pro
Photographic Interests
Wildlife / Nature
Close-up / Macro
Flowers & Plants
Sports / Action
Digitally manipulated
Black & White
Humour / Fun
Street Photography
Join Date
8 Aug 2007 - 8:41 AM
Last Login Date
9 Oct 2015 - 8:44 AM

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.

About Me

Started 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 3 digital SLR's, all Canon - latest a 7D - I must say they make life much easier - A3 prints of photographic quality. Also now use a Fuji X-E1 with two lenses a lot. A superb little camera.

Mostly Sigma lenses from 10/20 through to 50/500 at the other end. Often called back in to my old employer, but now as a photographer, not production manager. Am, apparently as good as most local professionals - but rather cheaper. Not that cheap, however, that's why I can afford the DSLR'S. Tax man rather pleased.

Industrial photography makes you look at things differently. All technique and quality based.

Involved with several on line agencies.

I get comments 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, Jan 2014, completely retired, finally. Still shoot for my son and his friends, motoring shots mostly. He owns a garage, but otherwise some library submissions more as a hobby.