AboutStarted 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.
Mostly Sigma lenses from 10/20 through to 50/500 at the other end. Was often called back in to my old employer, but as a photographer, not production manager. Was, apparently as good as most local professionals - but rather cheaper. Not that cheap, however, that's why I could afford the DSLR'S. 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.
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, 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.
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NamePaul BroadbentLocationUnited KingdomJoined08/08/2007Last login21/04/2017 @18:32
Photographic LevelSemi Pro
Photographic InterestsWildlife / Nature
Close-up / Macro
Flowers & Plants
Sports / Action
Black & White
Humour / Fun