When did you take up photography?
I started in 2012 when Rob asked me to take some images of a band he was playing in.
That was it, I was hooked and went to Jessops the next day to buy a camera (a Nikon 3100).
With no idea what I was doing I went out with a bunch of photographer friends to take Conwy Castle at night. To shut me up they set my camera on a tripod and told me to press the button.
Somehow, I got the best image that evening and decided to enter it into a national Nikon UK competition. To my utter amazement my photo won the competition and I won a Nikon camera!
That was it, not only was I hooked on photography but I was also hooked on competing. Next came me nagging Rob for Photoshop tips and the rest is history.
What are your favourite subjects?
I have always liked people in my images but I’ve tried lots of genres over the last 6 years. I quite like landscapes but I also like my bed so getting up at 4am or staying up after 11pm to get the blue hour doesn’t really fit my lifestyle. I did try see my image Poulnabrone Dolmen.
I particularly admire Wildlife photographers but this involves a lot of standing quietly and still for hours! Anyone that knows me would say “not for Sharon”.
I like thinking outside the box therefore some of the macro shots I took were certainly entertaining. Featuring people is my passion, putting them at ease by chatting away to them seems natural to me. I have covered a wide range of ages from 3 months to over 80. Some images are fantasy based (see Arya Stark) and some are straight portraits (see Charlie). I love taking and making images and firmly believe there is room in photography for all types of image.
What type of camera do you mostly use?
My first camera was a Nikon so that I could steal Rob’s lenses. The 3100 turned out to be a brilliant camera for someone who knew nothing. I then moved on to a Nikon 7100 and then also owned an Olympus Pen-F. I had always wanted a full-frame and in December 2017 I sold all my other camera equipment to help pay for the Sony A7Riii. All I can say is WOW I love it as the quality, colour and sharpness of the images is amazing.
When did you become a Conwy Camera Club member?
What do you most enjoy about being in Conwy Camera Club?
I like the enthusiasm and buzz in the Club. There is help and encouragement for all members especially with the regular SIG meetings. The sharing of success outside the Club is also encouraged and acknowledged. Purchasing prints and mounts as a group is a brilliant idea to encourage prints in competitions.
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