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I've always had a passion for photography, it was passed on to me by my father who was a very keen photographer, and who taught me the basics on a fully manual Praktika. I can remember him giving me an old Box Brownie to play with when I was young, and then I progressed onto a Kodak Bantam (which I still have!). I then bought myself an Olympus when I left school, then a Canon EOS 600 in 1988, and recently I've moved on to an EOS 20D.
I always thought I would never move away from film cameras, (I still use my EOS 600), but I can see that digital has many advantages, and I have found that I have probably taken more pictures in digital format in the past two months than I did on film in the past two years simply because of the convenience factor of the system. I will always keep film as a back-up so long as it's available, and I'm sad to say it, but I would recommend Digital to anyone.

It's now three months to the day since I joined TE, and I find the site, my fellow members, their comments and critiques, and their photographs have helped immensely. I was very new to digital when I first joined - having just bought my first digital camera, so it was a case of getting to know my new camera with the help of thousands of new friends. Little tips like "images from a 20D nearly always need sharpened post pro", or "try increasing the colour temp", are the things I value the most, along with the constructive critisism you get via the comments and critiques. (I hope others can learn from me as I have learnt from them).
I find the site so addictive, spending a couple of hours a day just going through other people's photos, looking at their techniques, watching their styles, learning from them. I also like to look at the different lifestyles in all corners of the world, realising how fortunate I am, and how poor and impoverished so many parts of the World still are in what is now the 21st Century. In another three month's time, it will be interesting to see where I am in the game along with everyone else, as well as what is happening in the rest of the world and what we are doing to help the less fortunate.
In the mean time happy snapping!

You can see some more of my shots here at Northern Galleries

Update 12.05.2008.
A few months ago I would have appologised for not visiting the site very much due the commitments I had at work, although at the moment it's quite the opposite as I don't have time to post any shots to the site as I'm too busy looking for work, having lost my job a while back.
I do however manage a quick peek now and then when I go online to scour the jobs websites - so it's not all doom and gloom.
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Canon EOS 600, Canon EOS 20D

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