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Pete Symes Distinction Student

My photography journey started in late 2014.  I had bought a Sony a37 almost on a whim as it was heavily discounted. 

The idea being that if I enjoyed photography as a creative outlet, I would keep the camera, if not, I could always sell the camera on without too much of a financial loss.
Suffice to say I was quickly hooked! 

The problem though was that I did not have enough knowledge to achieve the results that I envisaged in my mind’s eye!

After some research, I decided to enrol in the IOP® Diploma in Photography course.  I chose this course as I was a complete novice and this course was pitched just right as far as my knowledge of photography was concerned.

After passing the course, I decided to practice what I had learnt before progressing to the Advanced Diploma course.  I enjoyed both courses, and I am proud that I managed to pass with a Distinction in this advanced course.

Having a better understanding of my camera has had an enormous impact on the amount of enjoyment that I get from this hobby.
It has also given me the confidence to push myself further, working with models in both the studio environment and on location. This is something that I wouldn’t have considered a year ago.

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