A be­gin­ner’s tale

Aaron His­cock picked up a D-SLR for the first time a cou­ple of months ago, but has shown a su­perb eye for por­trai­ture

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My first ex­pe­ri­ence with a D-SLR was only two months ago, us­ing my girl­friend’s D600. The sec­ond I heard that shut­ter click, I knew this was what I was meant to do! Since then I have lived and breathed pho­tog­ra­phy, try­ing to learn as much as I could un­til could I pur­chase my own D-SLR. I de­cided to call my­self Spec­tral Pho­tog­ra­phy af­ter much de­bate.

I’d had my eye on a D3200, and as soon as my wages came through, it was mine. The next few days were spent cap­tur­ing my­self, fam­ily por­traits, pets, land­scapes, inan­i­mate ob­jects; this cam­era was go­ing to change me. For­get gam­ing, now my com­puter was an edit­ing tool and the world was a new place full of photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

I was a nat­u­ral, and within a month I felt the D3200 had done its job. I felt re­stricted. I had gone straight into us­ing aper­ture-pri­or­ity mode, but

So far my set-up has been very ‘old school’… old desk lamps, cloth and a door have been my equip­ment when shoot­ing por­traits

felt I needed more con­trol, and soon changed to man­ual mode. Fur­ther re­search led me to the Nikon D7000, which I felt was the DX equiv­a­lent of my girl­friend’s D600. One click and it was mine!

With a new bat­tery grip, the D7000 felt com­plete. Un­for­tu­nately it didn’t take long for me to re­alise my sec­ond­hand cam­era had the in­fa­mous D7000 back-fo­cus­ing is­sue and that the sup­posed war­ranty was not trans­fer­able. So, with much re­gret, off to the re­pair cen­tre it went. With a seven-to-ten day turn­around, thank god I had de­cided to keep my trusty D3200 as a backup.

I was still shoot­ing with my girl­friend’s 35mm lens – strange, I know, but I had not wanted to in­vest in glass un­til I had a re­li­able solid body to put it on. First I bought a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens, which is old, but per­fect if your cam­era has a fo­cus­ing mo­tor (another rea­son I wanted a D7000). The 50mm is built for por­traits, which I’m drawn to just now.

I still feel that I’m find­ing ‘my style’… it’s all hap­pened so fast, but, that said, black-and-white por­trai­ture is very ap­peal­ing to me. So far my pho­to­graphic set up has been very ‘old school’, with no proper light­ing, back­drops or stu­dio; old desk lamps, cloth and a door have been my sub­sti­tute equip­ment when shoot­ing por­traits.

I al­ready have a cou­ple of photo shoots un­der my belt: ba­bies, bands, and even a tat­too par­lour [3]. I have been ap­proached to do a wed­ding and have some in­ter­est­ing mod­els lined up to shoot as well! My so­cial media pages and web­site are set up and at long last I am start­ing to feel proud of my­self. Who knows where pho­tog­ra­phy will take me? But you can be sure I’m ready, will­ing and able to ‘snap’ up any chances that come my way.

01 golden hour Nikon D7000, Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO100

03 Art

Nikon D3200, Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G, 1/200 sec, f/1.8, ISO800

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02 stroll in’ stroll in’ stroll in’

Nikon D3200, Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G, 1/160 sec, f/1.8, ISO100

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