When I was a little girl, about eleven at the time I was given a camera by my Mum. It was a Kodak Pocket Camera. This particular day, we were in Boots the chemist and I must have been cooing over it…You should of seen my face I was as a happy as can be when Mum handed it to me. As soon as I could I snapped at everything I could!
Of course in them days the 110 cartridge film was expensive to process, so developing and getting new film was very few and far between. I can’t even remember the camera name but it was an oblong shaped and sleek with a shiny chrome button on the top.
So that was my beginning to photography, over the years I have taken snaps like most people with various different film cameras but it wasn’t until I got my first digital that I really became interested. I bought a casio QV-10A Digital Camera off ebay, 2 mega pixels, swivel lens, and real time display!
I remember taking my Mum who by now was suffering with dementia to pick it up, I was over joyed…I could snap away to my hearts content, then just ditch them if I didn’t like them…well that was 1999, I have to say, I still have a lot of the snaps and really they were just that, snaps! Looking back at the quality it was like photos taken with a web cam, course that could have just been my crappy photographing skills! lol
In 2001 by now really keen to get into photography, I splashed out! OMG…the best camera in the world…Nikon 990 3.1 Mega pixels and I have to say, I still have it and it’s as good today as it was back then, in ease and quality. I also signed up with the BFP British Freelance Photography course, alas that was wasted money, as life changed and I never submitted anything. They did say I could take my time…do you think it’s too late after 11 years?
During that time I developed my web design business so graphical work and coding became the forefront and I originally designed this site with a very basic gallery layout. I had put up a few pics over the years but my time was spent on other web design projects and my business.
In 2008 I got my Canon 400D a lovely digital SLR, that’s when I really started to take photos and actually spend some time on what I was shooting. It’s taking me time to get used to all the functions, because even though I have loved taking photos I could never get my head around all the F stops, aperture, exposure etc.
Even today when I use manual I go with feel and intuition, like a person who plays music by ear. Although saying this, I am learning quickly. Of course this will all change as I develop my skills and eye, seems odd writing this and recalling a history of over 3o years of taking snaps and I am only just getting into my passion! Better late than never I guess : )