I have recently completed Drawing 1 with the OCA. I am now embarking on two more courses viz. Photography 1 – Expressing Your Vision, and Printmaking 1.
My first camera cost eight shillings from Woolworths. It had a wire viewfinder fastened to the top. My first ‘proper’ camera was a Zenit B in the early 70s which cost £25 – two weeks wages! It was fully manual and, if nothing else, it taught me about depth of field and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed. I now use a Canon EOS 1100D.
I used to be a member of Bolton Digital Photographic Society, but left for a number of reasons including the high emphasis on competitions. One thing that used to annoy me too was talk about equipment. I often asked if they thought Michelangelo went on about chisels! One aspect of the club I did enjoy was the ‘themed’ competitions as it forced me to think about then go and get photographs which fitted that theme, often shots I would not have normally taken. I’m hoping this course will provide similar stimulation.
(The photograph in the header above is Sunrise on the Ganges, taken at Varanasi in 2009.)