Hello and welcome to this site. It is very much a work in progress.
I am very much an amateur photographer having been dabbling in the subject since I was about 8 years old. I guess that the term “Hobbyist” fits me perfectly! I have returned to photography many times over the years but now that I am retired, I have a little more time to indulge myself!
In my earlier experiences with traditional photography, I used to get as much enjoyment from the processing side of photography as I did taking the photographs in the first instance. Mixing my own chemicals, developing and printing was all very magical. Then I was loaned an enlarger and all of a sudden, the world of 35mm photography opened up for me.
Colour processing was the next step in my hobby. Once our family started to grow up and I had a little more disposable income, a colour enlarger joined my selection of processing equipment but like many, I have always held a certain affection for monochrome photographs.
Times Change! ….
Then along came the Internet and digital cameras. Slowly, my traditional cameras, a brace of Canon SLRs, were being used less and less. Rarely did I have to scan images, negatives or slides and of course the Worldwide Web meant that sharing photographs became extremely easy. This all coincided with my involvement in computer technology.
Today the dividing line between digital photography, computing and technology in general is so blurred that I often wonder what newcomers to photography would have made of their predecessors from as little as thirty years ago!
I am a great supporter of open-source software and free software. That is not to say that I am a zealot! I do use commercial software where open-source alternatives are either not available or not developed to the extent of their commercial rivals. In truth, I use a combination of both.
I hope that I will be able to give some reviews or at least observations on software that I have encountered along the way in the hope that it may be of assistance to others. It should however be noted that I am no expert and am happy to be corrected. Please feel free to make any relevant observations.
But Times Don’t Change That Much! ….
Again, if I am honest, I still get as much pleasure from ‘developing’ my images albeit digitally as I do in taking the shots in the first place. Often, such development is merely to try and obtain a photograph that is a better representation of the scene as I saw it at the time of exposure. I should point out that my wife and I now live on the Greek island of Corfu where the light is amazingly clean and bright. It can sometimes play havoc with exposures … but then maybe, it’s just me!