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  1. Michael Smith 12

    Michael Smith 12 TPF Noob!

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    When did your interest first spark in photography? Was it a family member, a friend, a YouTube video or a random magazine cover? What was your first camera?


     
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    Original katomi No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    After being a film extra, in my teens I used the fees to get my first camera a zenith .
    Came back to photography at late 40 and entered the digital photography world.
     
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    zombiesniper Furtographer Extraordinaire! Supporting Member

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    I began my photo journey in the 70’s when I received my first Kodak instant camera. From there I went to 110 film then eventually bought my first used SLR.
    I took all types of photos but primarily to capture memories. It wasn’t until I began wildlife photography that I began to take it more seriously. Since then I have tried to learn/aid others in learning something every time I shoot.
     
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    Hello and welcome, my photographic interest started when I was in my teens, no reason I just picked up a camera and enjoyed the results.
     
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    Soocom1 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I grew up in a darkroom.
     
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    My dad had an Asahi Pentax 35mm SLR. We traveled a lot and he brought it along. Sometimes he shot black and white and developed the film at home. This was in the early 70's.

    Arlington (VA) has a very good darkroom and I started using the Pentax to shoot and the county darkroom to develop. That was in the 7th grade. Later I purchased a Nikon with paper route money.
     
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    My wife & I were on a cruise about 6 years ago. We had a Canon Rebel camera. All my photos in the ship were just terrible. One of the photographers on the ship said, "Why don't you shoot in manual?" I replied, "What's that?" After we got home, I got online and started reading about manual setting onlin . I practiced in our backyard for about a year. Now, I am hooked.
     
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    Wanted memory of our first, then second child and I was working in Prepress for a large commercial printer. Was processing images all day, so it was easy to build a basement darkroom, process my own film and make my own prints. The year was 1979 and my first camera was a Canon AE-1.
     
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    I started in elementary school with a used 120 rollfilm box camera that I bought for ten cents at the school rummage sale. My next camera was my first "good camera" which was a Kodak
    Pony 135B, a Camera made from 1950 to 1953. It was a 35mm camera with scale focusing, a collapsible 51 mm f/4.5 "Aniston" lens, and shutter speeds of 25 50,100,200,and B. Shutter cocking was done manually for each frame, making accidental double exposures easy! The camera had knob rewind and advance, and had no built-in light meter of any kind.
     
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    I grew up in a darkroom.

    Was there Mush room.........:)
     
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    Wow, these stories are super inspiring and nostalgic to read to. To tell the truth, I haven't even heard of some of the cameras you guys have mentioned
    My dad gifted me a camera a few years back and I never got around to using it. But I have been experimenting for the past few months and it is a whole new world.
     
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