Let me tell you a little bit about my photographic background.
I started taking photographs nearly 45 years ago at around the age of 9 and almost
immediately was the proud owner of a very cheap (7s 6d I think) plastic 35mm camera
from Woolworths. Photography had always been prevalent in my family - my Grandfather
on my mother's side had been a professional photographer (sadly I don't really remember
him, he died when I was six or seven) and my Mum's brother - my Uncle Jack, was
a very early user of colour film. My Dad too was throughout his life a keen
photographer and had taken up 35mm photography (with the same type of Woolworth's
camera) shortly before I did.
When I first had a camera, colour film and colour processing were much
more expensive than black and white, but I really didn't "get" black and white at
the time, so I became a very sparing photographer.
My first digital camera was a
Canon Powershot 350
bought in August 1997. My second digital was a
Kyocera Finecam S5
, a 50th
birthday present in July 2003.