Linux screengrab featuring some of my images


I’m seldom more than a few metres from a camera. Ever since I played with an early Pentax film single lens reflex (SLR) camera at around the age of 15, I fell in love with the concept of ‘seeing through the lens‘ – rather than through a separate viewfinder. I also rather enjoyed the sound the shutter makes on a quality camera! Come to think of it, I still do!

Some of the digital SLR’s I’ve been using…

  • Olympus C1400XL (1998).
  • Olympus C2500XL (2000).
  • Olympus E-20 (2001).
  • Fuji S1 Pro (2002).
  • Fuji S2 Pro (2003).
  • Fuji S3 Pro (2005).
  • Fuji S9600 (2007) – okay, okay – I know this isn’t really a proper SLR but it is a fantastic camera. It has a 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) non-removable lens and the viewfinder is electronic. But you can connect studio lights, cable release and do most of the other stuff without risking getting dust all over the CCD when you change the lens.
  • Pentax K10D (2008) – a thoroughly fantastic camera. Means I can use all my old manual Pentax lenses too! This was subsequently replaced with a K20D, cheap off eBay when smoke poured ot of my K10, for resons as yet unknown.
  • Fuji HS20 EXR – I know this isn’t really a proper SLR either. But at around £200 and with a 24-300mm (35mm equivalent) it is s damned fine camera.
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 mirrorless (2014). I’ve become a big fan of µ4/3. In addition to a handful of dedicated µ4/3 AF lenses, I have acquired a large selection of vintage MF glass that works perfectly with it.

Point and shoot cameras

  • Until recently I also had a  tiny Panasonic Lumix LX1 with its variable aspect ratio and Leica lens, tucked in my shirt pocket.
  • But these days I have my trusty Ulefone Armor 3w rooted smartphone which has a pretty good Sony camera module, built in. Ans you can run it under the tap when it gets grubby!

Professional assignments include…

  • Corporate ‘mug-shots’.
  • Events.
  • Interesting weddings
  • Advertising.
  • Calendars.
  • Pictures for websites.

In 1998 I ditched my 35mm SLR’s and ‘went digital’. Prior to this I used to scan directly from 35mm slide or negative using a Kodak RFS 2035 Professional film scanner. The quality was excellent but scanning was a boring, time-consuming process. Since then I have used a variety of digital SLR’s and have become a total convert to digital media. I understand the arguments concerning resolution of digital versus film but with digital you can take so many more pictures – and trash the ones you don’t like. No one need ever know you’ve taken a bad photo! Also, because you don’t have to worry about ‘wasting film’ you can photograph things that you normally wouldn’t consider if you were doing things the ‘old way’.


  • Please visit to see some of my pictures.If you’re considering the purchase of a digital camera, don’t whip out your credit card until you have visited the Digital Photography Review web site. A British site run by Philip & Joanna Askey, these guys really know their stuff and all the reviews are wonderfully detailed.
  • If you are still using Micro$haft Windoze (or if you are running CrossoverLinux) and you need software that can cope with hundreds of thousands of digital images – and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it then check out Thumbs Plus, available from
  • Meanwhile Linux users especially thise usng the KDE desktop should consider Gwenview for bulk management. You can bulid it from source and it is available as a package to “apt-get” in Debian and (K)Ubuntu. It is 100% open source, free of charge and available for download from


  • And, forget Photoshop but don’t forget GIMP – the GNU Image manipulation Program, available for free download from This is a fantastic open source image editor similar to Adobe Photoshop. However there are some big differences too…
        1. Open Source.
        2. Free of charge.
        3. You can give it away freely to your family, friends cusomers, models etc.
        4. Runs on all modern desktop/laptop operating systems including Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris

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