Nature of Photography

Equipment

The objective is to get the best image capture that you possibly can. This involves being deliberate about the choices you make before pressing the shutter release. These choices are discussed at length in the 'Day One - Theory' class. Photography is not about spending hours in front of a computer trying to fix images. It's about enjoying the experience of discovering and recording the images you want.

The more time spent in front of the computer the less time spent behind the camera!

I am faithful to my subject - that means my images depict only the subject matter as originally seen through the lens of my camera. My camera is the Nikon D300 with a range of Nikon lenses. I have used Nikon equipment for over 30 years and have always been more than happy with their quality and durability. I had a Nikon FM2 camera for many years and shot transparency film, many of those slides have been scanned and converted into digital images - some of which appear on this website. All DSLR cameras will give excellent results. The quality of the images depends much more on the photographer's technique rather than the camera used.

All digital images have to be processed. This can take place within the camera before the data is written to the memory card and/or outside the camera by imaging software installed on a computer. For my image processing I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/ This program is designed for photographers, it provides a complete working environment in which you can access, sort, edit and process your images. You will have the opportunity to use this software in the 'Day Two - Processing' class.

To print my images I use Epson printers, I have a Stylus Pro 3880 which prints images up to a size of A2 and I have a large format Stylus Pro 9800 which prints images just over a metre wide. These printers use UltraChrome K3 pigment inks which produce not only a wide colour gamut but also very stable long lasting fine art prints.