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Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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10 Apr 2009 7:00PM   Views : 255 Unique : 222

Continuing the series of Ws I guess When can come next.
When did you start photography? And what made you take the leap from point and shoot snaps to it being a real hobby?

I dived straight in. I started using my brother's Pentax S1a taking photos off TV with the camera on a tripod. I had no idea what I was doing but wanted pictures of David Bowie as he performed on TOTP and of the cartoon dog Snoopy. Looking back some of my first stuff in the mid 70s was awful but I had pics of two characters I really admired at that time. (and developed them myself in my mum's kitchen). It wasn't long before I bought my first magazine, Practical Photography (I still have that 1974 issue somewhere) and I soon joined a local club in the grounds of Middlewood Hospital (now a housing estate). It was quite daunting - a group of seniors all with stacks of knowledge, but I stuck with it and picked up loads of their knowledge. It's not quite the same as having the internet to research and forums to chat on, but it still helped me with the steep learning curve.

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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 7:50PM
Unfortunately Pete I started with the advent of Digital cameras..I believe we still have it somwhere(A collectors item someday)
A HP 1Mgp jobby...and it was, and by its immediate successors used for a less than dubious form of photography..forget the details..I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions Wink

The outcome was though,to reactivate my interest in wildlife of the British Isles..something that work and various relationships had managed to push to oneside for agood number of years.
At last I have finally discovered myself..and thoroughly enjoy my photography and the banter on here to the full

Thats enough for now
Must start my owm blog


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Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 7:50PM
I started photography in 1975 with my girlfriends (now my wife) father's Zenith 'E' 35mm camera. He showed me what depth of field was by using 3 of their dogs balls (rubber one's) in the garden if my memory serves me right. I remember thinking "boy this is hard", but soon got the hang of it. I was at college at the time and had a part time job that paid about ten quid a week, but in no time at all i had my first camera a second hand Nikkormat from a camera shop called Ron Harrisons a local shop that is still going strong, well, the shop is not Ron. Great times i had i remember. Wish i still had the old camera just for old times sake.
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2009 11:07AM
Gosh - my father was a keen photographer so I grew up with camera's and the smell of darkroom chemicals, my first camera was a box Brownie, yes I am THAT old.
In 1972 just after I was married I bought a Zenith E SLR, and the smell of leather always brings back memories of that camera even now, I progressed to an Olympus OM1n but simply tinkered along through various camera clubs, biting my tongue in the face of the rampant chavinism of the 70/80's.
Some six years ago we moved to Gilsland and because I have arthritis I decided to get rid of that great big camera bag with all the lenses and sundry gear and go digital with a Fuji bridge camera.
I suffer from depression, hate taking anti depressants so my doctor of the time asked me what I liked to do and we came up with walking about taking photo's as a treatment, and you know what it works.
Of course I soon hankered after the flexibility I had with the SLR and bought a Nikon D70 (upgraded to a D300 now) couple of lenses, a few filters and a new camera back to haul it about in - weighed it and I have a stone in weight in my fully laden bag and that doesn't include the camera or tripod Smile
I soon realised that for most outings I never changed lenses so now I lighten the load with just my filters in a Tamrac 'bumbag'.
I've had literally hundreds of hobbies throughout my life, my husband likes to tell folk we have a loft full of dead hobbies, but through that time my enjoyment of photography hasn't faltered.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
15 Apr 2009 11:13AM
I started young. When I was only seven, I was loaned a family heirloom, a folding Agfa camera. Rather hard to handle, and fortunately my parents recognised that. On my eighth birthday I was given a Keystone 125 instamatic camera. Much easier to use, but of course point and shoot only. When I was twelve or thirteen, I became friends with a man who had an SLR and a darkroom, and who developed and printed his own pictures. I took a paper round and started saving. My first SLR was a Pentor (very much like Praktica). No TTL metering, but a big step forward for me nevertheless. I converted my bedroom in such a way that it could function as a darkroom, and I started printing my own black and white pictures. When I got my school diploma at seventeen years of age, my parents bought me a Minolta SRT 101b, a wonderful camera with excellent metering and a top quality, very fast MC Rokkor lens. Ten years later I dropped and broke it. I didn't have any money to replace it, and my photography hobby was slowly forgotten. Until my wife bought a Canon 1000Fn EOS SLR quite a few years later and I saw her using it. I bought a used Canon EOS IX, started reading Practical Photography, saw EPZ mentioned and joined it, after a while bought a 20D, and the rest is history, as they say...

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