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I bought my first camera when I was 15 and learned to process my own black and white film several years later in the mid 60s my uncle who was a seafarer bought me a Canon FT QL SLR that was my pride and joy for many years as photography remained my main hobby. My career was very different; I was a police officer and later a teacher in further education before retiring due to ill health in 2010. It was then that I picked my camera up again and have since had several different Nikon cameras and lenses.
I started watching Mike Browne on YouTube and following his tutorials on http://www.photographycourses.biz/ and by listening to his advice and practicing the techniques he teaches my photography improved tenfold, I now do some part time work for a local newspaper taking photographs and writing a monthly column as well as taking stock photographs.
Photography for me though will remain a hobby at 64 with quite severe breathing difficulties it's a bit late for me to start a career but taking photographs gets me out and about on an almost daily basis and that helps not only with my condition but also my sanity.
So if you have the time tell us your story, who are you?
I learned much of the art of Photography through self teaching and experimenting. Training the eye to see beautiful frames and images in our world full of wonders was hard at first but I learned quickly and changed the way I look at the beauty that is our world.
Ever since 2010 my equipment has improved step by step but was never a main part of my photography, I think of all equipment as enablers for different views and ideas. Lenses, flash, tripod all assembled throughout the last couple of years I thoroughly enjoy spending time outside adjusting settings and waiting for the perfect light. The art of post-processing RAW files in Lightroom was the next logical step in my photographic career and I enjoy it quit a bit. Don't get me wrong, I am very fond of unchanged pictures, but I am also recognizing that our world is getting more colourful and the colour vibrancy around us is rising as you are reading this.
At that stage the eye of the general public is trained to catch on beautiful over saturated pictures with a full range of colourful filters applied thus loosing the focus on unprocessed images. The art of processing an Image so it can catch ones eyes without overdoing is one I am very interested in.
Furthermore I enjoy Black and White photography, animals and many more things that can be frozen in time with this beautiful thing called camera. Through ClickASnap I hope to find a way to give this beautiful hobby more room in my life and more possibilities to shine and make me and everyone who looks at my images happy.
Thanks for an interesting posts I hope we see some more from other users.
As far as equipment, I'm now on my fourth, and hopefully final, DSLR for a while. Being new to all this it took me a while to realize what features I needed and what I didn't need. For now, the Nikon D7100 is filling all the needs I have for stills and a Sony a6000 is my video camera. Heading into retirement soon, I'm glad I found something that can let me express myself creatively and keep my mind working.
Loved reading that, its strange how people get into photography I guess there must be a thousand and one reasons, I've been looking at your feed and you have some really nice shots in there, like you I love clouds in images they can be so dramatic and add so much to a photograph.
I am assuming being a video guy you have joined Videscape at http://www.videscape.com/ if you haven't you should and upload one of your videos singing for us to enjoy.
Looking forward to seeing more of your photographs and perhaps a video or two,
Anyway shortly after this i started dating a profesional horse rider and i started photographing her https://www.clickasnap.com/i/zihkqbl4prf7ll8x was one of my favourite captures using the Sigma f1.4 lens on a Canon 5D MK III camera body. I am now looking for more photography challenges and am thinking about microscope photography next!
Now is there anyone else out there who can beat Toms story?
The mere mention of Pentax got me reminiscing I had an Asahi Pentax camera back in the day, can't remember the model now but it was aperture priority only so no full manual but you could use it manually in bulb mode, and your mention of ISO, the thing I found most astonishing about digital was the wonderful world of ISO settings, I'm old enough to remember carrying around different rolls of film for different light situations but your so right the list of things digital gave to us is endless and I'm still learning all the time.
Thanks for joining in on this post, I hope more of our wonderful ClickASnappers do the same.
As part of my studies, i got to take a couple of pictures with a film SLR sometimes in mid 90's. I got secretly interested in photography when playing with depth of field and watching how amazing the the few pictures looked compared to pictures from my pocket camera. I hardly took any pictures until I decided to buy my friend's old Canon 1000D and started shooting with it in 2011. I googled a lot to learn how to take pictures, attended a beginners course, found some very informative video courses at moderskeppet.se about photographing and editing, and finally of course Mike Browne's brilliant youtube videos.
Over the years my equipment has little by little been updated, and now it is built around my trusty Canon 6D.
The last two years I have also been taking aerial pictures with a drone with an attached Canon EOS M as the flying camera.