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What Was Your First Photography Experience?

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This week’s reader question is – What Was Your First Photography Experience?

Think back to the first time that you held a camera.

  • What was the camera?
  • What were you photographing?
  • Was it film or digital?
  • What lessons were you taught in the early days?

Looking forward to reading your stories!

By the way – if you actually have your first image somewhere at hand and would like to show it to us in comments below – go for it!

PS: I’ll kick us off. My first experience with a camera was when I was in primary school. I remember my parents entrusted me with the family camera (it was a film camera, I think it was a Kodak one) for a day because my class was going on an excursion.

The destination of the excursion (and the subjects of my first ‘shoot’) was to see the Prince and Princess of Wales (Charles and Diana) who were visiting Melbourne. They were going to be driving down the freeway near our school.

My parents handed over the camera with the advice to ‘get close’ and ‘don’t take too many photos’.

My results were pretty average. I got two shots of the limousine as it drove past. One of them was framed by Australian flags which I was quite proud of at the time because while it Charles and Diana were nowhere to be seen it did capture some of the feeling of the moment.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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