This week at Desert Island Photos we are joined by long standing club member Angus Campbell.
How long have you been a member of the club?
I joined the camera club back in October 1977,
and have been an active member ever since –
so a little over 41 years.
When did you first get into photography?
In 1976, when I placed a bet with a friend that I was going to take up photography and learn how to print my own images.
How would you describe your photography?
I am a hobbyist and not a professional photographer. My aim is to try and create great pictures from one press of the shutter button, as opposed to having the camera on ‘burst’ shooting mode and hoping that there is a good image captured somewhere within the burst. I also try to make my images unique and different from standard ‘record’ shots or ‘snapshots’.
What was your first Camera?
A 110 cartridge-based film camera from Boots the Chemist.
What’s been your biggest waste of money on camera gear?
I’d like to believe that I’ve not wasted any money on camera gear. I say that because I learn to use the equipment that I have to its maximum level of capability, with the information that was available to me at the time of purchase.
Being honest – what kind of photography are you bad at?
I don’t think I do ‘bad’ photography. When I joined the camera club, I was tutored by an excellent photographer (Dick Taylor), who drummed into me that you’re only as good as the knowledge you have of your equipment and your ability to use it.
To crop or not to crop?
What is the thing you most enjoy about photography?
The enjoyment of photography for me is the creation and sharing of images that have artistic merit - nothing more and nothing less. I try to keep an open mind that enables me to capture things that are within the reach of my imagination.
When I first joined the camera club, Dick Taylor taught me that the real ‘trophies’ of clubs is not the silverware, but the people within the club – what a wise man. Interaction with other club members (and photographers) is really the thing I enjoy most about photography.
What are you shooting with just now?
My imagination, because that’s what differentiates my images from those of other photographers, my equipment is largely secondary. Seriously though, I currently shoot with Canon equipment.
What advice would you give someone taking up photography?
Look upon yourself as an apprentice, about to embark on a long ‘journey’ to gain new knowledge and skills. To achieve this, you need a plan of action. It is better to plan at the outset what you want to achieve, rather than to be rushing at the last minute and not really understanding what you’re trying to do or how to go about it. In planning your journey find a starting point, an end point and then check all the points in between. Time is only your adversary if you do not master it.
And finally, the image produced does not need to be limited to what was ‘seen’ through the eye of the novice photographer looking through the camera viewfinder, especially if you have a tutor by your side to offer you words of advice and encouragement. If you’re new to photography, now may be a good time to consider joining a camera club.
What is your desert island camera and lens set up?
Any camera that is familiar, with a prime 100mm f2.8 macro lens.