I’ve always enjoyed taking photographs and have around 8 thousand on Flickr mostly recording the family as they grew up but I’d never really got to grips with how to use a camera properly. I started using my iPhone when I walked around Westonbirt a couple of years ago and soon I’d amassed hundreds of images. I started getting more interested in the making of what I felt were ‘good’ images as opposed to ‘any old images’ which led to me beginning to read all about it and soon I wasn’t happy with simply using just my iPhone anymore, great though it is.

So, since last year, I’ve invested in a pair of second-hand full-frame cameras, one being the Sony RX1r and the other being a Canon 5D MkII. I’m learning how to use them both in manual mode and getting to understand aperture, focal length and depth of field and what they do myself, rather than simply pointing and shooting using a semi-automatic one. The more images I take, the more I want to take. I also signed up to a couple of courses on photography and Lightroom. I’ve used Photoshop for around 20 years so picking up Lightroom was relatively simple.