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Old 18-02-2007, 10:06   #1 (permalink)
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Was just sitting here thinking and I started to think to the first time i got into photography. Why did i first start to take pictures..... ok ..
i absolutely HATE having my photograph taken with a vengeance, so to stop folks at parties and nights out ect expecting you to look happy about doing something u hate, i thought well i will take the pictures that way i dont have to stand and argue with folks and explian how much i hate it...... the first time was lethal.. i wanted to take more.. and more........ and here i am today taking hundreds each week........ so...

What made YOU pick up a camera? Why did you get interested in this wonderful obsession of ours?

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Old 18-02-2007, 12:24   #2 (permalink)
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I had my first camera when I was around seven years old. (Yes, Charlotte - they had been invented then, AND flash powder had been long gone). I can't remember why I had this camera, I guess it was a present from my parents.

I still have it somewhere, a twin lens reflex Brownie, and another from around that time, a 127 Brownie that you could actually hold up to your eye and look through a viewfinder!

My gear has steadily been improved over the years, I just wish my abilities had kept up!
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Old 18-02-2007, 18:55   #3 (permalink)
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My father had always been an avid photographer, even taking over the bathroom for a darkroom for days on end From this I suppose I was intrigued how everything worked. I was probably around 8 at the time.

It wasn't until I was around 14 that I started taking my own photo's & really only when my old man passed away, when I was about 20, when I inherited his Olympus OM1-n, did I start to learn the art of using a SLR.

I did try the darkroom in the early days, but got frustrated I couldn't get my Mono's like Bob Clarkes Being impatient I also found the wait for films to be developed too much hassle, so didn't get back into photography until Digital started to bite hard ....... never looked back since
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Old 18-02-2007, 22:01   #4 (permalink)
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Exactly the same as Fiona, I too hate having my picture taken, and if I was holding the camera, I wasn't going to be in the family snapshots. I did get quite good (in a family snapshot way) over various family summer holidays and school trips, but nothing too serious.

Things being cheaper in the US, I bought a Canon Rebel 2000 on a university-inspired stay in the US in '99, both for the price, and to take "good" pictures of Boston. (Classic newbie mistake, assuming an expensive camera means your taking good pictures ) I kept it up for a few years, moving to Swansea and then Southampton, but between work and not loving the film experience, I basically gave up.
Then I found a by-this-time old Canon D30 for sale at work, really cheaply, just in time for Chirstmas. I took the plunge, bought it, and haven't looked back since.
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Old 19-02-2007, 08:34   #5 (permalink)
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The short version: I like art, and can't draw worth a damn.

Somewhat longer version:

My grandparents and great grandparents and great aunts took a lot of pictures. My parents didn't.

I have all these mountains of family history in photo albums and boxes of loose photos from the 1900's all the way up to about 1983.. then nothing much for 14 years... Partly times were hard for us and nobody could afford it - but even my grandparents managed to take shots during the Great Depression here in the 1930's... So really in my mind it was more that it was not a priority for them..

Anyhow, that's a time of my life that only exists in my head now and one other family member is left (my father) shares some of with me. My kids and wife can't look at it, we'll never be able to share that.. Literally.. I have eight family photos taken from 1985 to 1997 two are polaroids and the rest are shots friends had taken. It hit me while dealing with my mother's death and funeral.. No pictures.

Anyhow, then... I'm making sure my kids have what my parents had and I don't...

With some bonuses, like video... I'd trade a lot of things away to have old 8mm films or even cruddy 1980's VHS videos of my family. Can't get that stuff back at any price..
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When I was around 18 I went on a trip to Melbourne with a friend and found myself at the very famous Ramsey Street from the soapie "Neighbours" with no camera to prove I'd been there. I went out on the last day of my trip and bought a cheap film 'point & click' because I didn't want to get caught out again!

Anyway, I get home and start taking photos of the dog and anyone that would stand still long enough. I tried my best to take good shots with this camera only to be foiled by the parrallex error at every turn. With a little research I discovered I needed an SLR to take the kind of photos that I desired and it bloomed from there.

Digital has certainly been the biggest leap forward for me and now there's no looking back!
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When I was around 18 I went on a trip to Melbourne with a friend and found myself at the very famous Ramsey Street from the soapie "Neighbours" with no camera to prove I'd been there. I went out on the last day of my trip and bought a cheap film 'point & click' because I didn't want to get caught out again!
I'm surprised that, even tho' your an Aussie (and so given to behavioural aberrations!) that you admit to even visiting "Nayyyboors"

For me it was a box Brownie I was "lent" (I think I borrowed it - permanently!). Then a Zenit E (built like a tank - and weighed the same!). Some of my best shots taken with that - then pics became increasingly worse as I progressed through various Pentax "modern" film cameras!
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Hi there I'm new to Pixalo, great forums, I remember my first days of Photography, I was given a Nikormat EL f1.4 lens, In 1977, Previous to that I used an old Pratika, I remember photographing My niece who was two years old, she was sat on the door step with two pints of Milk between her legs, not much smaller than her, I then bought the chemicals and darkened out the bathroom, and developed my own negs, black and white, Photography was very exspensive then, what a magical moment it was when I made my first print, cost me a small fortune in paper and chemicals and all the bits that went with it. I used to take my film to a local lab, and my prints never came out how I would expect them to, It was only later on and lots of money wasted, that I found out it was the lab that was at fault, exhausted chemicals. I think Photography prob grew from seeing my fathers images from India, Egypt, etc, Old war pics that I still have, The second the button is pressed History Is in the makeing. Its magical.
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Old 19-02-2007, 15:49   #9 (permalink)
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it seems a huge amount of folks have been into it since they were younger........ I am obviously a bit of a late starter.............lol still havent moved up to DSLR yet!
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I had my first camera when I was about 10 (feels like a life time ago) but really got into photography in my mid teens then had a break to go off do other things. Then got back into photography in my mid to late 30's and still going strong!!!!

Although digital is good there's nothing like watching your photo appear on a white peace of photo paper in the darkroom.
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Old 19-02-2007, 19:01   #11 (permalink)
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I only got in to photography approx 3 years ago.

Never had any interest at all up until then and it happened quite by accident when I decided to sell some items on Ebay..........needed something to obviously produce a digital image so went out and bought a Kodak compact.
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We are showing our age, well you get there before you know it, young in the brain, but the body starts to show it, you never think that will be you, but one day you realise it is!
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Wonderful question!
When I was about 10, say around 1956, my grandmother sent me a kit with a camera and photo developing equipment. It was such cheap camera that a Kodak Brownie was top of the line compared to it, but I took some photos with it and had them developed (my mother wouldn't let me play with the chemicals in the kit) and loved them. I didn't do anything else until I was in my 40's (lack of money,marriage, divorce etc) when I bought a Canon SLR. I don't remember now which model. My daughter lost the camera and equipment and I wasn't able to do anything more until the last 4 yrs. Now I have a Digital Rebel and trying like crazy to make up for lost years.
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i started to really enjoy photography at school while i was studying it there. after i finished school i didnt pick up a camera for a fair while unless i was drunk and wanted pics of friends.(got a few shockers to) anyway when i became a mum i took so many photos not wanting to miss a minute and it has only been really the past year that i have gotten back into it and working on different styles.
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i didnt pick up a camera for a fair while unless i was drunk and wanted pics of friends.(got a few shockers to)
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Although digital is good there's nothing like watching your photo appear on a white peace of photo paper in the darkroom.
Agree fully there.... something quite magical about the whole experience ...until of course the photo just keeps getting darker & darker ...agggh what have I done wrong
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My dad gave me his old Voightlander when I was 9 and have never been without a camera since.
(barring a few interim breaks)

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Do you know, I can't remember! I seem to have always had a camera and enjoyed taking pictures but no idea when it all started!
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I remember having a Kodak instamatic 110 film camera given to me by my Mum (she was getting a newer camera) when I was about 11. I still have some of the photos I took with it - and in fact, one is framed and in the hall of my Dad's house (it really isn't that good, honestlly, but is more of a memory of holidays in West Wales than anything!).

I have been taking pictures on and off since then. My Royal Navy years were filled with snapshots of friends and events and so it has only been in the last 5 years or so that I've decided to venture further afield and invest in a reasonable camera and spend time on it. I think it was during a trip to the States, where we started in San Francisco and drove down the coast along the Big Sur and on to LA and Vegas was when I started to really concentrate. There were some fairly decent pics as a result of that.

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My father was a professional photographer and a design engineer and was responsible (don't hold this against me PLEASE!) for the Kodak Instamatic 110 because one of the other chief designers who had been working on the 126 was pooh poohing my father's belief that you could go a lot smaller. This bloke claimed you couldn't because the shutter would have to be entirely redesigned (don't ask me why, not got a clue but its size made a huge difference apparently) so my father, who worked freelance under contract to Kodak at that time in Stevenage and later Hemel Hempstead, said if he had a team for 3 months he'd prove it. Kodak gave him a team and said he had 6 months. My father was as good as his word and three months later presented them with the prototype for a miniaturised shutter and system that went on to become the famous 110 pocket instamatic.

Why tell you all that? What has it got to do with me? Well, nothing really except it gives you an idea of my father's passion for photography and he passed it on to me. He had a darkroom at home and did all his own developing, be it b/w, colour or slides. I spent many hours in that darkroom learning how to do everything from loading the film into the developing spools in pitch dark, to getting the solutions to the right temperatures, to getting final pictures. The only problem was, they were always HIS photos and I wanted my own photos.

So, he bought me my fast 35mm (non-SLR) camera and a huge reel of film (he always bought it in bulk and decanted it off into film cases, usually got about 45 shots to each one!) and let me get on with shooting whatever I wanted.

I did photography all through my school years, got a bit behind as a 20's adult as I couldn't afford my own darkroom and equipment and I no longer lived anywhere near my father. I got back into photography at the first sign of digital. My first one had a resolution of (careful you don't get jealous now ) 640x480 pixels. Yup, a massive 0.3 megapixel camera (the term megapixel wasn't in common use at that point!) which, had I been in possession of my current printer I would have been able to print at full photographic resolution.... providing I printed photos that were 2" x 1.5" that is!

I paid over £600 for that camera by the way! I went from that up the resolution scale to a 1.3 mp camera and then went crazy and got a 3mp compact.... wow! Well, i was impressed and so were most of my friends! I then made the almighty leap up to a 6.3mp DSLR (Canon 10D) and then to my 20D which I currently use. I did go through any number of film SLRs in the interim period of course, I had a Practika MTL3 and a Zenit E (put one of them in each hand and you could use them as weights for muscle building!) and various other museum pieces (now) until I progressed to an Olympus OM2 but then discovered the Canon A1 and fell in love with an inanimate object! As a second camera I had the AE-1 which I must admit I prefered using most of the time.

I have been a Canon man ever since (Dave, shush!) and am eagerly awaiting the Canon 40D which I have convinced myself is going to be the camera of my dreams.... but I'll have to wait and see and probably got a hefty reality check!

So there you go, that's the long and tedious route of my photographic development (sic) and will it ever end? Yup, it sure will.... when they prise open my rigeur-mortised hand and relinquish me of my camera!

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first interest was when Dad got the film developed from the Circuit of Ireland Rally we were at at the end of our road back a ggod few years ago, he then brought out older shots of lancia's and audi rallycars and from about then on ive been kind of hooked on it!! always wanted to get that shot no-one else had!!

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Rob, that's a great story about your Dad and the Kodak Instamatic 110. It was a prized possession of mine as a teenager.

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Yeah we've got a lot of those square photos here in the albums.. got at least 4 of the old cameras in a drawer. One is a beautiful hunter orange...
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FIRST GOT INVOLVED IN PHOTOGRAPHY, AT ART COLLEGE IN THE 1960'S,
FIRST CAMERA YASHICA MAT TWIN LENS REFLEX, HAD PENTAX, MOVED ON TO CANON
LATE 1970'S HAD AN A E 1. THEN IN MY OPINION ONE OF THE BEST CAMERAS EVER MADE THE CANON A1.

THIS WAS A CAMERA WELL AHEAD OF IT'S TIME, STILL HAVE ONE NOW.

I HAD A MAMIYA 645S A HASSLEBLAD FOR A VERY SHORT PERIOD.

NOW GETTING USED TO DIGITAL.
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Re: What Made You Pick Up A Camera

I got into photography while I was the section clerk at the AFME photographic centre in Aden, Yemen.

It was brilliant having the latest cameras and darkroom gear available and I learned a lot.
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