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Steve Palmer Distinction Student

I was given my first camera when I was about 9 by my parents as a birthday present.  I loved taking photos, but was limited by the cost of film and developing.  Despite loving chemistry, I never really enjoyed developing the film myself.  So having a camera was really about capturing memories which I periodically revisit through these photos.  

I bought my first digital camera in the late 1990s  but I found it more and more limited in taking the photos I wanted to capture.  Finances allowed me to upgrade steadily over the years and I now have a good quality kit that produces stunning results. I also discovered digital editing.  For me, this was a game-changer as I was able to take a photo from the camera and transform it into the picture I either remembered or wanted it to be!

Taking the Professional Diploma in Photography felt like the next step.  It acted as a strong motivator to try out new ideas and techniques, to research ideas, and to learn from others.  I feel that over the 3 years it has taken me to complete the course I have grown substantially in the way I approach my hobby, though I now find myself always wanting to take a great picture rather than just capturing a memory!  

In particular, I have grown to really enjoy photographing people, indoors and out, formal, informal, candid, and street.  I am interested in developing a more creative approach so fully intend to continue my photography journey, and stay in touch with the IOP.

Retirement is looming and as a hobby, it provides me with a passion I can use to fill some of my time, and hopefully, I will be able to pass some of my enthusiasm and knowledge onto others.

Thanks again for such a great opportunity

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