Portrait, Landscape and Fine Art photographer located in the Garden of England, (That's Kent in the UK)
Graham Aylard’s interest in photography started way back when he was a teenager. First experimenting in the school darkroom, then onto summer work experience with a local newspaper in Kent. Plus part-time work in a photographic studio and processors as well as being an active member of the Sheppey Camera Club.Graham started out using a Russian ‘Zenth’ camera. “It was completely manual and a far cry from what I’m using now!” explains Graham. He moved on quickly to Canon EOS 1000FN then many years later EOS 500 with a Sigma 24mm Lens.
Graham’s entry into digital started with the Olympus system. With the 11-22mm and 50mm lens this gave Graham quality glass to be creative. Even his GF1 performed well as a small and easy to carry camera that produced quality images while still being compatible with the Olympus lenses. But Graham says “I just wanted more from my camera recently, and the latest Olympus offerings just didn’t cut the mustard”Graham’s research into new DSLR found that Olympus was being left behind by the big boys, Canon and Nikon. Graham goes on to say “I was disappointed with Olympus latest DSLR and felt that Olympus had been concentrating on their PEN’s and Micro Four Third systems leaving their DSLR somewhat lacking. Their was a choice to make, stick with Olympus or move to another system.”
Graham chose to jump ship and found a Nikon D7000 to his liking. He also has embarked on studio photography with a number of fashion shoots with professional models. Graham has found this genre to his liking and has plans to expand in this area of photography.
Graham was born in October 1975 on the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent. With an arm full of GCSE’s and an A-level. Graham studied at Ravensbourne College, not in photography but gaining an HND in Television System Engineering. He then moved on to work in outside broadcasting.Now a Television System / Racks Engineer for NEP Visions for around 14 years, Graham has been involved in many outside broadcasting events and programmes from the likes of Robot Wars, T in the Park, Glastonbury Festival, Reading Festival, various pop and rock concerts to many sporting events like Sky Sports Premiership Football, Channel 4 Horse Racing, Show Jumping at Hickstead and many other events.
Graham comments “technology for HD (high definition) has pretty much settled down now for the professionals producing television. But the new kid on the block is 3D and that puts things in a completely different ‘dimension’”
Graham is also a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorist and is an Observer (Driver Trainer) with his local group in the Mid Kent area.