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Biography

So, introductions. I’m Richard Olpin, just recently reached that age when life is supposed to begin. I’ve lived all my life in a sleepy little town called Dursley in Gloucestershire, England. Yes that’s the same Dursley as in ‘the Dursleys’ from Harry Potter, probably it’s only real claim to fame.

Many moons ago I graduated in computer science and found myself working for nearly 13 years as a general dogsbody (ok, I was technically a software engineer but also did everything from writing technical documentation and running training courses through to building the company website) in the rather interesting field of industrial automation (what most people would probably call ‘robots’). That did have some interesting perks, including a fair bit of travel to the four corners of the globe but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as my schoolboy dreams of becoming a ‘computer programmer’ and so a few years ago I had something of an epiphany and following an ‘interesting’ parting of the ways with my former employers I decided that the only path which would really work for me would be to follow my heart and be my own boss. That I did, but it was nothing to do with photography, I decided to persue my lifetime hobby as a martial artist full time and that I did in the form of my Martial Arts school. That’s still going well and I’ve no intention of giving up any time soon but I do now also have a renewed interest in photography which is taking ever increasing amounts of my free time!

I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, inspired in part by my father Keith who was an excellent photographer, semi professional for years shooting everything from sports events, portraits, weddings and acting as the official publicity photographer for my Mum’s local dramatic society. As a young lad I’d often accompany my dad, assisting at weddings and messing around in the darkroom at home, though as I grew up I got into other things such as music and the martial arts which meant I didn’t do any serious photography for years other than odd snaps with my compact.

Anyway, having given up on the ‘rat race’ I now have rather more time on my hands and as my Martial Arts has become my day job, I really wanted a new hobby so I took the plunge and bought myself a nice digital SLR. The results are the currently a work-in-progress, but I’m getting there. Earlier this year I was awarded a Licentiate distinction from the Royal Photographic Society (more on my web site) and I’m now also looking into some other qualifications including the Royal Society’s ARPS and maybe also the BIPP.

If you’re interested in licensing my images for use in your publication, purchasing prints or you’re looking to book a photographer for a specific project then please get in touch. I’m available for all sort of photography, including Portraits (people and animals), Corporate Events, Sports, Concerts, Exhibitions, Product Photography. You name it, I’ll shoot it! I’m also available for photography and software training. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer looking for some inspiration I’m available for both group workshops and one-to-one training sessions tailored to your specific interests. If this is something you’d like to discuss then do please get in touch via the contact page.

Gear

  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon S100
  • Canon EF 24-105 F4L
  • Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L II
  • Canon EF 100-400L
  • Canon EF 50mm F1.4
  • Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

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