Last week I took part in Charly Dove's new Black and White Photography linky, and it got me thinking more and more about photography, and how I started out. I am rubbish at selling anything (hoarder!) and still have my first 'proper' camera, my beloved Nikon F65. I have always loved photography, having grown up with a camera enthusiast father, who always had a Canon E0S of some sort strapped around his neck, and snapping away at me and my sisters. We used to moan at him for always having his camera in our faces, and chuckle now at myself, because I do exactly the same!! My Dad used to try and explain how photography worked, with aperture size, shutter speed, ISO speed... etc. But as a teenager I was too impatient, and found all the technical jargon too much! I just wanted to take photo's. Dad bought me a fabulous Olypmus Mju, which was an auto everything compact. It was fab. I find it hard to remember how I ever managed with just a single roll of film, with only 20 or 30 exposures - I can shoot hundreds of images in an hour these days! We also had to WAIT for the film to be developed at Boots, or Snappy Snaps! You could even send the film off in an envelope!! God, I am feeling old now.
This camera did me for years, and then I decided I wanted to get more creative and actually learn about photography properly. I'm not sure why I went for Nikon - I just liked the camera and it was in my very modest budget at the time. Disappointment followed - lots of overexposed, out of focus and blurry films were developed! I managed to get enough decent(ish) photo's together to qualify to do a weekend course (HNC in photography), while I was working full time. It took me two years to complete, and I learned sooooo much, and also came out with a Digital SLR and a Medium Format camera (plus a few lenses, a tripod, reflectors... Oops!).
The darkroom experience I had during the course was just brilliant, and something I would love to do again, but I can't see it happening. I would, however, love to buy some film, and break out these lovely camera's again. I'll send the film off to be developed, and wait in anticipation for the magic that is seeing your images on shiny prints! It has also reminded me to try and slow down the digital photography. Concentrate on the framing, the subject, the light. Think about the effect and mood I am after during the shot, and recreate that in Lightroom. Make notes. Make an analogue scrapbook of inspiration and ideas (not Pinterest!).
So that's my second post for Black and White Photography - Next week I may show you my digital collection of camera's! ;-)
It would seem my eldest is also rather taken with the old analogue camera's too! He couldn't keep his hands off it, wanting to twist all the knobs and look through the viewfinder. He managed to put the strap over his head all by himself, and was trying to take pictures of me while I was setting up the backdrop for the images above! I must look at getting him an age appropriate camera - any suggestions?