Like Photo3 I started in a darkroom, encouraged by my Dad and developed my first film, B+W , aged 4, me, not the film, then contact printed it. Like most from that background the 'magic' of seeing the image appear in the tray was photographic heroin. Though now transitioned to digital, mostly, I can't imagine the same feeling coming from " command P" as seeing the image in the developer. Obviously many, possibly most, on here might never have experienced chemical photography, so I'm interested in hearing where people first found the 'buzz' from digital photography?
I used (and processed and printed) film of all kinds from 1947 till 2004. Initially wary of digital, I soon found it had many advantages. The clincher was a couple of years back - in a fit of nostalgia I rebuilt the darkroom, bought a Rolleicord, and spent some days re-living the way we used to do it......including making many of the old mistakes.
This was a very expensive exercise, and the results were so-so (interesting but not outstanding).
I then did it all again with my 5D - vastly superior results in minutes (or at most hours).
Very interesting read but I found it hard to determine what his tips actually were. I was half expecting my No.1 tip for improving every-ones photography at a stroke, (which Charlie Waite & Joe Cornish would undoubtedly advocate), - to use a tripod, - to be there somewhere, - but it wasn't mentioned and nor were other techniques I half expected. I'm not really sure there were any actual tips, - for example, be a people person is not something one can just emulate is it! Nice to read the background about this photographer though, the media didn't really tell us much about him when they reported on the Christening shoot.