My first camera was a Canon AE1 35mm SLR, which my wife and I bought to take family photos of the kids as they were growing up. I guess this was the time that I began to develop a passion for photography, but unfortunately I had a career path in Higher Education to follow in order to pay the mortgage and support a family. Consequently, like many other people, photography became a hobby.
While working in education I was very fortunate to have had a job that involved a lot of overseas travel, which fuelled my passion for photography even more. I switched to digital photography about 10 years ago using a Fuji camera. I guess I could have been described as a keen amateur photographer at that time. I also got involved in video production, making short promotional films, for a university, using a Canovision A2Hi 8mm video camera & recorder and editing suite.
A few years ago I decided to take early retirement so that I could do all those things we all promise ourselves we would do if we had the time. I now have an array of professional photographic equipment and digital processing software and the time and desire to use it to the full. Viewing and capturing moments in time through the lens of a camera helps to give me a perspective on life and a realisation of the wonders that surround us that are so often taken for granted.
The use of digital processing techniques allows me to bring out the best in a photograph, and to be creative as and when it feels right, but I soon found out that it’s no substitute for improving a badly taken photograph and equally if over used it can ruin a perfectly good photograph. The trick of course is to get the balance just right and that takes time and patience to master the plethora of techniques Photoshop has to offer.
Now that I have the time to devote to my photography and I am able to offer family portraits, weddings, and model portfolios to paying clients. I’m also keen on landscape and wildlife photography all of which keeps me busy. I recently become a Getty contributor, which provides an additional income stream and some of my landscapes have been shown of the BBC regional weather programme Look North.
Thanks for dropping by to view my collection and a special thank you to those who have taken the time to leave a comment.
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Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom