« on: March 02, 2015, 02:45:36 AM »
My father was a very keen competition photographer and has fellowships with the Australian and European Photographic Societies and I was given a box brownie at age 4 + other cameras until I was given my first SLR, an Exacta Varex (fully manual, no light meter etc.).
I also helped my Dad in the darkroom, and we not only did our own colour prints, but also did things like you do in Photoshop like adding things or removing them, dodging and burning etc. under the enlarger.
I got my first brand new SLR in 1968, which was a Canon FT QL.
After high school, I studied engineering, but I didn't finish as I was also working part time and I preferred working than studying, and I ended up as owner of that business and built it up from 3 employees to over 600 people in 2 countries. This was in the leathergoods trade and I'm also a fully trained designer and pattern maker.
As I worked very long hours (averaging around 65 hours a week) I didn't get much time taking photos, and even employed people that I usually trained, to take my product shots for me.
I got into digital around 1990 and my first camera was a funny looking Polaroid made camera. This was used to allow us to easily put product photos onto our computer system. We also used the original version of Photoshop, hence why I know my way around it now.
I sold my business to one of my competitors 3 years ago, and decided that as I hadn't had a holiday for 15 years that I would retire.
And so I did, and I am now as busy as ever chauffeuring my wife around and doing some professional photography in products, weddings and events etc, and I am enjoying myself.