My first Camera was in my hands at 16 years old with Kodak or Ilford Film.

My first job was as a trainee photographer at a Studio in Great Portland Street, London. I was working for a Photographic studio that specialised in photography for magazines and news papers, like Cigarette and Food ads of the day. If it wasn't for advertising purposes then we were also creating artwork for packaging.
This Nabisco ad is made up of separate images which were cut out and overplayed on each other until the final images was created. Our job was to create those images through photography. The Camera of choice for this purpose was a Hasselblad V-System 500CM or a 2000 medium format camera. Watch this short Hasselblad TV Video .
You will soon see how this took me into a packaging role with UB or McVities.

By 1978 I had learned to Print in Colour, Photographed a few models under the guidance of pros and worked for Nikon Cameras at their facility in Brentford. I also did a short spell working for a wedding Photographers in Wimbledon.


In the charts we had:
Paul Simon with "Kodachrome" (Hit the PLAY link to see the video appear and click the stop link to see it return to the original image.) Play It! Stop It!

Status Quo produced "Pictures of Matchstick Men" 5 years earlier, that would be Black and White then, and that Guitar sound, nice. Play It! Stop It!
The Cure with "Pictures of You" was released in 1990. Play It! Stop It!
Flock of Seagulls released this "If I Had a Photograph Of You 10 years later. One of my favourites. Play It! Stop It!
How about I finish this bit with Boyzone and "Picture of You" Play It! Stop It! A good video too with Rowan someone and Rowan other!

Film and Digital Photography

I still Photograph using my old 35mm film cameras loaded with 35mm Ilford or Kodachrome film.

Minolta X-700 and Minolta Maxxum 7000 Film Cameras

In fact I have one of the first fully automatic film cameras with a built in motor drive, the Minolta Maxxum 7000 which can be purchased very cheaply for those looking to try film. It's probably my favorite analogue camera, I love the feel of it, the sound it makes when the shutter is released, the quality and ease of use. The Minolta 7000 was released by Minolta in 1988. The camera functions included the usual Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE and a metered manual exposure function. With a built in motor drive it has a fast 3fps film advance and was introduced with a full range of auto AF lenses I have others. It's not my main SLR film camera for photography, that is the X-700 I use. I've just created my Blog and over time I will add any images to my Blog which will contain a gallery.

I also have a Minolta X-700 introduced in 1981, the X-700 was produced for around 20 years. Though it's a fully manual camera it does have an AUTO mode, so select your Aperture, focus and take your picture. This camera is an ultra reliable camera, they're not hard to find just check out boot sales and charity shops. This camera is great for B&W and Colour, I enjoy working with film. If you're trying to get into photography and want to shoot with film then this is a great beginners camera. Buy it with the 280PX Minolta flash if you can find one.

One last thing, Minolta glass is exceptional, older Minolta lenses were as good or better than Nikon.

If you're looking for film then here's a link Ilford Film

If you're new to or interested in learning more about working with film here are some useful sites.

Should you wish to start developing your own film then here's a video. It's not difficult but you do need to follow the instructions and you may have to learn a little by trial and error.

There are cameras, and lots of Cameras

Which Camera is for you?

For me there simply isn't one Camera but one Camera I do miss after selling it is a little Panasonic Lumix TZ70. For functionality in good light it was a very handy Camera to have in my pocket and with the built in flash gave very good indoor shots. A great zoom for such a small camera, a very novel feature called slow motion capture, total remote control via the downloadable App, WiFi functionality with well placed controls. Though some slate it, I can definetly say some don't know how to use it, but give it what it needs and it will return excellent results, results that will satisfy many people who want more than a Phone Camera and who want to be seen taking their photography, vblogging and understanding of photography a bit more seriously. Get in on the action with this Cameras zoom lens. The WiFi function is really easy to use though you can't broadcast video to a TV, it's easy to upload images and video to the web.

Panasonic Lumix MC-TZ70EB-K It has a 12 Megapixel sensor, 30x Optical Zoom, Leica DC Vario-Elmar 24-720 mm Lens, 0.2 inch 1.2 MP EVF/Eye sensor, Creative control with control ring, raw shooting, manual focus and focus peaking, Enhanced optical image stabilisation with five-axis correction and level shot function, 50p AVCHD/MP4 Full HD video recording (12 MP, LEICA DC Vario Lens) and a 3 inch LCD screen which switches off when the camera is placed near your eye. Hold it properly and it will satisfy your basic needs. The Cameras function can be set from the menu or the cameras controls which are really easy to use.

Want more?

But which should you choose. I have used SLR's for a long time, probably 40 years at least, I worked in the industry back in the 70's and 80's until I moved to Information Technology in the 80's and still code today.
I have tried them all, and I'm not talking about manufacturers but format types, 35mm Auto, Medium Format, Large Format, Cartridge including the dreadful APS cameras that took at least a photo good enough for happy snappers, the SLR, DSLR's and now Mirrorless. I'm on limited funds so I still use a Sony A5100 ILCE which produces lovely images and HD video, as well as having interchangeable lenses. But in my arsenal I have a some 35mm SLR's, film and Digital.
I love film Cameras for some reason I have tremendous love for Analogue Photography and the heavy (not always) Cameras of the 80's with a most definite clunk and click action but being heavy there was no camera shake from them when the shutter button was pressed as you really had to man handle some of them. Small Mirrorless Cameras in the wrong hands because of their weight can give users some really awful photos if you don't hold it correctly.
So, what are the fundamental differences between a DSLR and a Mirrorless MILC. One is size because they simply don't have a mirror which means the lens can be closer to the sensor than with an SLR. You can buy converters so that your MILC can use your DSLR lenses. Another basic fact is senor size. But there's a lot more so here's a video to help you with all the questions. One of the nicest aspects of MILC's is their size though, light and easily slipped in your pocket.



Here is an example of PNG image file used for the purpose of advertising a product. These are the type of images I can produce for anyone who requires it.

The EchoSpot - Amazon Linked

This is a straight forward product image on a white background which is why website owners prefer clean backgrounds. It could of course be a PNG image with NO background at all, perfect for using with colourful sites such as

Echo spot image from Amazon
  • Echo Spot is designed to fit anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics (UK only), weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free. Just ask.
  • Echo Spot connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service to play music, read the news, answer questions, set music alarms, control your smart home, and more.
  • Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and see lyrics (UK only) with Amazon Music. Also, stream music and books from Spotify, TuneIn and Audible.
  • Use the built-in speaker or connect to speakers through Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm stereo cable. With multi-room music, you can play music on your Echo devices in different rooms (available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify. Bluetooth not supported).
  • Control your compatible smart home devices. Ask Alexa to turn on your lights, show baby monitors and front door cameras, and lock your doors. Plus, control your thermostats, plugs and more.
  • Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App, or make video calls to family and friends with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App. Quickly connect to other Echo devices around your home.
  • With thousands of skills, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features. Just ask Alexa to track your fitness goals, order a pizza, get train times and more.

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