So, You Want To Be A Photograpger?

But Where Do You Start?

James Halliday


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So, you want to be a photographer? That’s fantastic; I’m thrilled you want to join our world. Photography is a beautiful art form, and there are many areas you can explore.

But before you start your journey, there are a few things we should talk about.

So, let’s start with the basics:

First of all, what sort of camera do you need to get started? Can you use your smartphone? And how can you take better photos?

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Not too long ago, if you wanted to take photos, you needed to go and buy a camera — an actual machine dedicated to one task: taking photographs.

Originally, cameras used film: a roll (or sheet) of plastic with a special light-sensitive coating.

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They came in different sizes and could handle up to 36 images at a time, but you never knew exactly what you’d got until it was developed.

This process could take a while as most of us had to take the film to a specialist shop to have them developed.

I was using film cameras until about 2005/6, and still have them cameras packed away somewhere. I also have boxes of transparency film and photographs stashed in my wardrobe. One day I will digitise and archive them!

Good quality and relatively affordable digital cameras appeared in the early 2000s. Still, film remained the professional choice as the image quality was far better.

We learned to self-edit with photoshop; the choices were the expensive paid-for version or, like many of us, a pirated copy for free.

Yes, it was illegal, but it was pretty easy and low-risk back then. The subscription models have wiped out this activity, mostly.



James Halliday

Project manager in live television, background in engineering and logistics. Biker, vegan, dad to two tiny terrors. Love travel, food, walking and photography