|Message from David Gilbert
In 2011 I returned to photography after an absence of about 25 years. I could not believe the changes - no film! no darkroom work! no slides! Everything had gone digital and I was at a loss. However, I took the plunge and bought a Canon EOS 550D, then had to learn how to use it. If its digital, how do I record the pictures that I take? You need a memory card I was informed. So I bought one, slipped it in the camera and was ready. Not so, I was also told to shoot in RAW rather than JPEG so that I would have greater control in post processing. What's that, I asked. Well, you need to buy Photoshop which is your all round darkroom. Right, I bought that and nearly fell through the floor at the expense and the need to have a Degree in Photography to be able to understand all its complexities. But the freedom to shoot in digital is really liberating especially now with extra memory cards, as there is no need to ever buy another 36 exposure film, then rarely daring to take more than one shot of a subject for fear of running out of film at the crucial moment.
I hope you enjoy looking at my pictures as much as I have enjoyed taking them. Your comments are much appreciated and constructive criticism is more than welcome.
My current kit consists of:-
Canon EOS 550D with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II lens
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS II lens
Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens
Sigma 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM lens
Slik 88 tripod
Benbo Mk5 tripod