I come from an era that pre-dates digital. I’m not sure if those of you who have only ever known digital are at an advantage over me. My first experience with a camera was my sisters Kodak Brownie 127. I was only ever allowed to play with it when it had no film in it. Of course when I became interested in photography and acquired my first camera I immediately understood why. It was seriously expensive. I liked shooting kodachrome slides, even worse. What added to my sense of woe was the realisation that I was a rubbish photographer.

My first SLR was a Zenith EM. I was definitely a gadget freak then, as I wanted an off camera flash, which meant a bracket, and if there was one available for the zenith I would have tried to obtained a 250 exposure back. Heaven knows how I would have afforded that. Then I discovered monochrome, and found that it was easier and cheaper than colour to process, so I built my first darkroom. I’d joined the local camera club by then, that’s probably where I acquired my enlarger. Ken was a big member of the local camera club, and the local butcher, he seriously encouraged me. I only wish I’d worked on my photographic technique. I remember one photo I produced that I did like, it was a ploughed field, and minimalist in its own way. Sadly, my skills still hadn’t developed.

My first really proper camera was a Canon AE-1, bought because my friend Steve had one, not just to copy him, but because it was a seriously good camera. My skills? No. Having better kit doesn’t make you a better photographer. I can’t remember what happened to the AE-1, I must have lost interest, and possibly sold it. A few years later circumstances enabled me to buy very cheaply a comprehensive Praktica BX-20 and an assortment of lenses, including its monstrous 500mm . I sold that as well.

My next venture in to photography wasn’t until a few years later when I acquired my first digital camera. I think the sensor was 1/2 a megapixel, or something ridiculously small. Anyhow, my phone has a 12 megapixel camera, and I use that almost exclusively now, although I do have a reasonable entry level DSLR.

My photographic skills? Any photo that comes out of me, that anybody else classes as good, is almost entirely, but not completely down to luck.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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