I got my first camera when I was 8 years old. It was a small disposable camera that I purchased from a small shop in Goulburn NSW. In my early teen years I started using digital Olympus point and shoot cameras. I also started experimenting with recording video. In high school I did darkroom photography for a semester and found it was not the type of photography I was into, I was into digital photography. This was due to no control of the output work and such a long process compared to latest digital technology. At Hawker College I completed a digital imaging course. This involved us to be creative and use different ideas and concepts and introduce them into our work. I enjoyed this course since it was my type of thing, as well as having a great teacher who taught the course well. After I finished school I kept doing my photography in my own time.
In 2009 I saved up to purchase a Sony A200 DSLR camera which was a fantastic first camera to learn on. For the first time I had a really good camera and didn't know how to use the thing! Over months of confusion, hard work and motivation I was finally on the right track to use a DSLR properly and i would have to say it was a fun process in between. During this time my main focus was landscape photography. I also discovered the power of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography which i use frequently up to this day. After displaying my work on social media sites i started to receive some requests for photoshoots. This was a new area for me at the time, so i decided to take the challenge.
In early 2010 I spent a weekend in Sydney NSW taking photographs of the attractions. I decided to visit one of the malls there to have a browse at some camera stores. As I was looking one camera stood out to me and that was the Canon EOS 550D. It was a coincidence that it was payday that day so I purchased it. I have never used a Canon before but have seen some great pictures that other photographers i know have taken. The image quality and clarity stands out quite a lot compared to Nikon, Olympus, Sony.
For the next couple of years I focused on photographing my usual landscapes with making a few extra purchases on the way such as an external flash, camera grip and a wide angle lens. The level of portrait photoshoots started to rise and received new clients every couple of months. I decided to call the type of client photoshoot shots "Natural portraits" due to the laid back atmosphere and natural expressions from clients during the shoot. This is the type of work I am aiming for.
In early 2013 I took a trip into Teds Camera Store and picked up an Canon EOS 5D MkIII. This is the camera I have always wanted. It does everything I dreamed of a camera doing. The output of the images captured on this thing are amazing. Very happy with this purchase.
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