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Giles Metcalfe

Photographic Bio

I started taking pictures when I was a teenager when my Father lent me his Canon Sure Shot for a school field trip to France and Belgium. Unfortunately, I had to give him it back upon my return, and so I didn't really pursue photography as a hobby until the advent of mobile phones with cameras on-board and Instagram.

With limited resources to spend, I made the jump up to DSLR cameras and opted for the Canon EOS 1300D, and a subscription to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. However, I like shooting on my Samsung S7 as I carry it around with me in my pocket, I can control many settings using the Camera FV-5 app, and I can edit the photos on the fly using Snapseed before posting them to Instagram. Shooting on my DSLR then involves lengthy post-processing in Lightroom to get pleasing results, so I tend to save using it for serious photo assignments, such as event photography at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

I sometimes worry about "over-processing" a picture if I've not got it quite right "in camera". I've got a lot to learn, both in terms of technical settings on the Canon and improving the standard of my photos, but you've got to start somewhere.

Tenuous famous photographer link alert: sports photographer Tony Duffy is my ex-Father-in-Law's cousin. Shame I never got to meet him.

Camera equipment

Canon EOS 1300D, Samsung Galaxy S7 (apps: Camera FV-5, Snapseed), Polaroid Impulse Portrait, Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom

Preferred subjects

Sunsets, Abstract, Landscapes, Architecture, Events

Favourite photographer

Don McCullin

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The copyright in all photographs within this gallery are owned exclusively by the photographer. No copying or distributing of any kind without the written consent of the copyright owner is allowed.

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