Photography history:

I became keen on photography as a teenager - I developed my own pictures, set up a darkroom in the loft, and I even dabbled with developing colour pictures, although I never had much success with that! I was still into photography at university, a member of the club, and I took photos for the student newspaper in the first year.

After I left college my interest in photography waned for a bit - I still took snaps, but no longer had access to a darkroom. As a computer programmer, I worked on newspaper typesetting systems, then moved on to desktop publishing applications and graphics software.

It was a combination of this work, and an opportunity to go to Africa for three weeks in 1996 that re-awakened my interest in photography - the digital camera era was still in its infancy, but I was able to get my slides and negatives scanned to create a 'PhotoCD'.

Digital camera hardware:

1998: Olympus C400
My first digital camera was a gift from a Japanese client after we worked together producing a Japanese version of the 'Designworks' graphics package. Max resolution 640x480, no removable memory card

2000: Kodak DC280
This was the first camera I bought myself; two megapixels, and it munched through the batteries at a ferocious rate!

2001: Kodak DC3600
This was a warranty replacement for the DC280 which broke down just before the 12 months were up.

June 2004: Kodak DX6490
I bought this for the increased resolution (4Mp), the 10x optical zoom, action shots with a multi-shot mode, and it has full manual control of exposure, or aperture or shutter priority.

Jan 2005: Pentax Optio s5i
A really tiny pocket camera, that I can carry everywhere.

Current kit:
Nikon D50
Nikon D80
Nikkor 18-70mm kit lens
Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.6
Nikkor 35mm f/2 D
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
Sigma 10-20mm


I use a Windows PC at work - I'm now lead programmer on a team writing Playstation and Xbox video games - and I have a Mac Powerbook at home.

I don't usually do much post-processing of my pictures before I upload them - apart from simple cropping, sometimes simple brightness adjustment, redeye removal - except of course the panorama composites.
(Photoshop Elements 3 & Lightroom Beta)

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  • Howard by Andrew Stawarz
  • Clifden, Ireland, 2009 by hchalkley

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Howard Chalkley
March 2005
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