I took my first step now into getting a proper camera that I could control the settings on and began to get some more varied images from. I never used Photoshop or any editing software in those days, it was out of camera imagery for me only. I really learnt about composition this way and how to fill the frame. I did some research this time and chose to go with a camera that was two years old already for two reasons. One was price and the second was I felt the technical specifications for the camera suited the type of photography I wanted to focus on. Animals/locations and more better shots of my children. The Camera I chose was the Olympus E410 DSLr. It was second hand and came with the standard lens. It was more heavy compared to the Kodak EasyShare and the first thing I noticed was how the images were a lot crisper in sharpness and detail. It was the first time also I was working with RAW images, but I never felt the need to correct them afterwards. It would be good to go back to those original Digital Negatives and re-work them to see the results. Maybe in a future post.
Now there were better camera's on the market yes, but I wasn't going to start a business, I worked in a newsagents and the following year left there to work at Tesco's, as the pension was better. I really wanted to learn good customer service.
I was able to get better family pictures now and explore other imagery in nature, and combined with a Chester Zoo membership a year later, I was always going to the Zoo each year to capture every animal with my new toy. I was not yet playing around with the editing, simply just taking the shot and working on my composition. Learn the basics I thought and slowly work my way up. Of course in 2010 I made a purchase that would make me think twice about cameras in the future. The Olympus camera was great and I was learning how to use a more manual setting, but I got an itch that I could not scratch, and that was the techno bug, with a mega pixel fever.........
It was Christmas and my mom and step dad had split up months before so me and my sisters were opening our presents and I had the Polaroid camera in hand taking pictures. As soon as I clicked the button and moments later when the image developed I was amazed at how in a few short seconds I had frozen time within this image and how awesome that was. To be able to create a window into my world and see it again whenever I wanted and remember the emotion I felt in the moment was incredible. I loved taking pictures and recording the events and from that day on I did just that.