For show #3, host Mike Howard is joined by friend and fellow photographer, Andrew Morris from Australia. Andrew and Mike discuss their photographic journey from when they first got into photography up to what they are doing now.
First up is Andrew who got start in photography shooting an Olympus Trip 35 film camera and then moved on to the Olympus OM 1, also a film camera. Andrew now shoots with a Canon 40D digital SLR.
One of the things Andrew loves to shot is competitive skiing, water skiing that is. It’s a face paced sport that requires a good deal of skill to get the image. Andrew talks about the difficulty of shooting the sport and the challenge to sell the photos.
Mike’s photographic journey is similar to Andrew’s but also different. Mike was never a film shooting, but like Andrew, his first digital camera was the Fuji 2100Z. He then moved on to the Olympus 2100UZ, which he loved and really is the camera that gave him the photography bug. Due to loving his little “Oly”, he then got the Olympus E-10 which had a very loyal fan base. However, Mike never really liked the camera and one day at a soccer game, Mike expressed his displeasure with the camera to his wife. Who then told him, “If you need a better camera, go ahead and get one.”
Mike saw this as blanket approval to get what he wanted and therefore made the move to Nikon getting the Nikon D100 (listen to the podcast to find out how this worked for him). While that D100 does not see much use except for the random infrared shot here and there, Mike loved this camera and some of his favorite images were produced using this camera. In fact, the image currently used for the cover art on the jpeg2RAW podcast was taken with the D100. Mike goes over the story during the podcast, and below are a few of the shots he got of his son who was told to NOT get in the mud while his brother had his soccer game. Question for Mike, why did you dress him in white?
After moving to Nikon, Mike ending up adding a two Nikon D2h’s and a Nikon D2x to his camera collection plus a number of additional lenses. He also became a paid photographer for a local sports photography company. While this only lasted a few seasons before it began to fell like real work, Mike gained valuable knowledge from the experience. And while he was paid for this service, Mike makes no claim that he is now or ever was, A Professional Photographer. In fact, one of the main points of this podcast and why it was done as an early episode is to give everyone a clear understanding of Mike’s background. He would say he is an advanced amateur and by no means a pro. Which ties in nicely with the premises of the show, jpeg2RAW!
Listen to the podcast below: