I have been interested in photography since I was about 13 years old, when I got my first Kodak Cresta box camera. After leaving school in the UK, I started work as an assistant photographic salesman in a local chemist shop, where people would come and drop off their film for processing. It was here that I first learned how to develop black and white film. I went on to be an assistant photographer in a firm of commercial photographers in London, England, and finally joining a local weekly newspaper as a photographer. I learned how to develop and print photos in a hurry, to meet publishing deadlines for the newspaper.
Upon emigrating to Montreal, Canada, in 1962, photography became a simple hobby which it has been ever since. I had my own fully equipped darkroom and only abandoned it in the early 2000's as digital photography took hold. My first digital camera, like my first box camera, was made by Kodak, this time a DC4800 3 mega pixel Camera. For a while I used both film and digital, but inevitably switched to digital only, moving on to a Nikon D80, and now my present camera a Panasonic GH2.
Such a huge change from when I first started out in closet darkrooms to the latest in photo editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. Now that I am retired I am enjoying being immersed as often as I like in my lifelong hobby.
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