Pictures

Background

I've been interested in photography as a hobby for as long as I can remember; certainly from my early teens, and perhaps from an even younger age. However, it was the arrival of the digital camera in 1996 that really got me excited, and I've spent a lot of time using a variety of models since then. As the editor of a magazine I had the opportunity to experiment with, and review, a significant number of models, and I've kept a close eye on the evolution of digital cameras ever since they started to become widespread.

The first digital camera that I reviewed was the Casio QV-10A, back in 1996. It was absolutely dreadful. The design and features of the camera were actually quite good, but the quality of the pictures was appalling. A lot of the early models were less than wonderful; the one company which stood out for making exceptionally good cameras at the time (which really took much better pictures than anything else) was Olympus, and I've been a staunch supporter of Olympus ever since, despite the fact that I was very disappointed with the Olympus film camera that I bought a decade ago. The company's digital cameras are invariably superb. It's true that other makers have now largely caught up, so there's a lot less to choose between the models in terms of overall photographic quality, but nevertheless I still feel that Olympus has a certain edge thanks to its excellent lenses and general quality of design and build.

Hence, all the pictures in this section were taken on Olympus cameras. I have owned a C-800L, a C-2000 Zoom and a C-3040 Zoom; when I buy another one (which won't be any time soon, as I can't afford anything at present!) it will be an SLR model in the class of the E-20P.

Articles about digital photography

I have reviewed many digital cameras since 1996 for a number of magazines, including my own two, RISC User and Foundation RISC User. For Foundation RISC User I wrote a particularly extensive general introduction to digital photography which I hope should be beneficial to anyone who wants to get into the subject. It's available in the Online sampler edition of Foundation RISC User, so click the link if you'd like to know more.

I'm also currently writing a series on digital photography for Living with Technology magazine, a new 'general technology' publication from Paul Beverley, Editor of the widely respected Archive magazine. (The link takes you to the Living with Technology Web site; the articles aren't available online.)

This section of the site

At the time of writing I have amassed around 3000 digital photos. It would be totally impractical to put them all on this Web site, even if I wanted to (which I don't!). I'm therefore presenting a small selection of my favourite pictures here. Categories available so far are as shown to the left. I intend to expand the existing sections, and add new ones, as I take more pictures in the future.

Each section is presented with a scrolling set of 'virtual slides' at the bottom of the window, with a brief caption below each. Scroll sideways through them and click on the pictures that catch your eye; when you click, the picture will be shown at a larger size in the area above the slides. You may find it helpful to enlarge your Web browser's window, or view the site at full-screen size, as these photo pages require a fair amount of screen space.

Note that all pictures have been greatly reduced in size for reproduction on this Web site: even the expanded versions are only 400×300 pixels (the majority of the originals being 1600×1200 pixels or larger).

If you are interested in obtaining the full-size version of any image(s), or wish to enquire about any other images I may have available, please get in touch.

A note about image processing

It's worth pointing out that none of the pictures here have been touched up in any way with a software package such as Photoshop. Whilst I do own and use a number of image processing packages, in general I like to get the images I take as 'right' as possible at the time of taking them. The matter of image composition is one of the most important aspects of photography, in my opinion, and so I tend to think of it as 'cheating' if I need to edit the picture after taking it to make the composition look right.

Of course, there are times when it's very useful to crop, colour-correct or otherwise process photos (and here I'm totally ignoring the creation artisitic compositions from photos, which is a separate issue). But nowadays, the old adage that the camera never lies is no longer true, and it's very easy for digital photographers in particular to 'cheat'. I'm not saying that it's wrong to improve photos by processing them; I just try to avoid the need to do so if I can. As such, all the photos you'll see here are straight from the camera, and have not been processed at all.


All photographs are copyright © 2002 Richard Geoffrey Hallas