DSLR time

At last, a DSLR. I found the Canon refurb store on eBay around 2005 and waited for an EOS 300D to show up. It was what I could afford at the time and I used existing glass. I was back in the world of through the lens and enjoying the benefits of selecting my glass. With far better resolution and a zoom to use I could start to explore my creativity again. When viewed closer to full size there are certainly issues with focus, particularly on the moving subjects, yet given the equipment I was using I like to think that I captured the moment as well as I could.

I've always enjoyed diversity in my photography and the images below are a fair representation of what I was shooting.

Early digital life

Taking a peek at my photographic journey. 

I've always retained an interest in photography, yet there have been times when I've ebbed and flowed. Sometimes we allow life to get in the way of our interests and I certainly fell in to a dormant period. I've decided to revisit elements of my photographic journey, picking things up from the early digital days, although my history goes way back to an Olympus Trip and Pentax K1000.

My first experience of digital photography was around 1996 with the Apple QuickTake 150. I evaluated the camera for business use and was also able to use it to bring to life a car club newsletter I co-produced. I was sold on the idea, yet it would be years before I shifted to using digital as my daily format.

First digital steps

The Canon Powershot A300 all 3.2 megapixels of it became first real foray in to digital. I've included a few images made using the A300 that showcase the limitations of the gear as well as my desire to explore my creativity.

Looking at these shots now, the limitations of 3.2 MP are clear; artefacts, noise and a lack of sharpness. Having said that, I could still produce thoughtful images and these few shots are representative.

Stepping in front of the lens

A couple of days ago I stepped from behind the lens to help out a Langara student. Jenelle had a vision for her shoot and I was pleased to be part of such a fun shoot. As you can see from Jenelle's Instagram feed, she nailed it and delivered great portraits.

What I found really valuable was taking things in from in front of the lens. I could consider the where the photographer was at, think about how a photographer engages with their client, what the vision for the shoot was, what was my part in making the shoot a success. In short, so much great learning. 

I'd absolutely encourage photographers to step out of their comfort zone from time-to-time and see things from a different perspective.

I had an absolute blast, thank you, Jenelle.