I got into photography when I was about 13, maybe 14. I was getting creative and my earliest memory of composing a photo was placing a bronze vase in front of a frosted glass window in the bathroom and then capturing the sunset behind it, so it looked as though gold was erupting from this bronze volcano. My Granddad told me he had admired my imagination, so gave me a Fujifilm bridge camera so that I could experiment with different settings. I still have this camera lying about, but the battery housing is broken and being held together with bobbles.
My most used camera is my photography camera, which is my Nikon D3100. I have two D3100 bodies and it’s such a nifty little camera for people on a budget! I use this camera for weddings, dog photo shoots, baby shoots, gigs, events – pretty much everything.
The lenses I have for this camera are the standard 18-55mm lens, which came with the camera and is a generally good lens for outdoors, but not as good inside. It’s brilliant for holiday photos and general camera usage rather than a specific purpose. I also have a fisheye lens extension which screws onto the lenses for a bit of fun too.
The zoom lens I have is a 70-300mm Nikkor lens, which I brought cheaply second hand for £40 (absolute steal) and the only thing I have really used it for is taking pictures of my brother surfing, and having mum also take photos of me. I brought this lens because Roshan, a young photographer in Cornwall, had taken photos of the family’s surf lesson and I wanted to be able to recreate such crisp images without cropping. You can also get some quite nice shots of Mow Cop Castle from my bedroom window.
My final lens is my absolute baby. My Nikkor 50mm 1.8/f lens. The 1.8/f means that it allows more light into the camera for brighter photos in the dark, without flash. It’s great for everything, gigs, weddings, blog photos. You name it. They don’t call it the Nifty Fifty for nothing!
The next two cameras I have don’t get used at all, which is a shame. The first is a bit of a family heirloom, a Polaroid 636 camera that Dad gave to me which used to be his. It’s only ever taken two photos, and I could still get film for it to use it as it’s in immaculate condition. It’s still in the original box.The second probably doesn’t work, and I probably can’t get the film for it, but it’s a Corenet film camera, more commonly known as a brownie. I got this from Sparrowhawk about two years ago for £14 because of its vintage look and the fact that I’m a bit obsessed with funky cameras. Took me about two weeks to figure out how to open it!
Finally, my brand new little beauty; allow me to introduce you to Iris, my Instax Mini 8 by Fujifilm. I called it Iris because of the relation to the eye, and the fact as a name it means ‘a play of colours’, which is fitting for a camera. My Nikon D3100 is called Gulliver, because Gulliver travels… get it?
Anyway, these retail at £65, and I had £70 worth of Boots points on my advantage card, so I spent them on this little beauty! I’ve been thinking of getting one for a while, and whilst I could get it for basically free, I just couldn’t resist. I got it in baby blue so that it would match my record player and look pretty in my bedroom.
I also purchased the accessory kit which comes with a leather carry case, a selfie mirror and a little photo album for the shots! Super cute.
The camera is a quirky modern twist on an instant camera, and the colours available are amazing! I can’t wait to use it. Here’s a sample of what the photos look like; this is one that Chloe took of Jake and I: