A Bit About Me
So a bit about me. Just to set the scene. My first camera was a box camera and I shot in black and white. A family friend developed the photos and that was one of my first experiences of the magic of photography. I learned how to hold still for just 1/25 of a second so that I could get reasonably sharp images. Later I moved onto slide photography and learned about Agfa film and the beauties of working at 200 ISO and below. Those glorious colours on the screen that we could only watch at certain times when the slide projector came out. In my late teens I used a Zenit E camera with a 35mm lens as well as a number of German rangefinder cameras. And then the famous Minolta SRT 101 helped me to see the beauty of really working with a system where the lens and camera were in such perfect harmony.
I did my first commercial job and it was greeted with success. By that time I had learned a lot about black-and-white and colour and the different formats from 35mm to medium format. I began to realize that there were strengths and weaknesses in all the different manufactured camera ranges that it was very often a case of trying to find the tool that suited the situation rather than anything else. In my early 20s I migrated to Australia and for a time used both Canon and Nikon cameras. In those days they pretty much dominated. So when digital came out I was not surprised to see that I gravitated to the Canon 1D series.
In recent times I have done a fair amount of stock photography as well as commercial photography and weddings. I also discovered that lots of different brands produce excellent cameras. In my current stable I have cameras from Canon and Nikon as well as Olympus, Sony & Panasonic. Depending on the assignment or depending on what I want to shoot for fun I select the gear that is appropriate to the job. Also I like to experiment along the way so I take at least something with me that will challenge my way of shooting and see whether working with larger lenses or wide primes will improve my photography or open up different ideas.
The reality is that you never stop learning. You can shoot half a million photographs and still realize that you’re learning something every time you go out with a camera in hand. And today we learn so much because we simply use digital photography which allows us to take many more photographs than we did in the era of film. We can do trial and error, we can learn to rate, we can instantly see what we’re doing. We can choose between electronic viewfinders or optical viewfinders. And stay out of the argument about which is better because both are beneficial in different situations. Mirrorless can be outstanding but then so can optical. It’s not a fixed truth one way or the other.