I say everyone, but I’m not sure that anyone will find this straight away. This is my first entry in my new blog, Shooting on a Shoestring, and well, my first blog entry ever! I’m new to this, so bear with me…
Over the next few months and years, I’d like to invite you all on a journey in photography, helping everyone to take the best pictures possible on a tight budget. I would welcome comments and advice from any readers (so feel free to leave comments etc.) because I am always looking for new ideas, and I know a lot of other photographers are too.
One of my biggest bugbears as an amateur photographer is asking about equipment and being told the only way to achieve something is by spending lots of money. A classic example is wildlife photography, where you often want to take photos of something very close (macro) or very far away (telescopic). In these areas, lens prices from the major brands can get pretty astronomical, pretty quickly. These are areas I will return to (probably several times) – but this blog isn’t just focused on specific lenses or SLR equipment. It will also look at software, the web, cameraphones, point and shoot cameras, cheap printing methods, scanning techniques, classes and a whole range of other items that I haven’t thought of yet. It will also cover challenges and games for those who want to get involved.
So – who am I?
I’m Alex Denny, and I’m a keen (and still learning) amateur photographer. When high street camera shops still existed, I used to work in my local one in Tonbridge in Kent (called Camera Gear). We sold new and second hand cameras, as well as developed colour prints on various automatic processors and black and white prints in a dark room on site. My early days in photography were therefore very much based in film (and as I’m in my 30s, I still remember the days when digital wasn’t really around) – but these days it’s nearly all digital. The focus of this blog will be mainly digital as it’s quite a bit cheaper these days, but I will look at techniques for film as and when it comes up.
I’m interested in all sorts of images and types of photography – but in general I want to capture the wonder of the world around me. I’m a keen naturalist and animal lover. I’m fascinated with wildlife large and small, but also the great expanses of the countryside, of the night sky, of mountains and rivers and of all sorts of travel. I love diving and I love flying, so nothing is therefore off limits.
I can’t claim to be an expert at shooting any of these things. I’m still learning. The aim of this blog is to help us all get to the stage where we can capture the images we want to without breaking the bank.
I hope you’ll join me on the journey!