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I was 12 when I got my first camera, a Kodak 126 instamatic with MagiCube flash, which I won in a contest. I took pictures with this one and with my dad's Yashica Minister 35mm Rangefinder camera I could use now and then. Some time later on my dad bought a Yashica TL Electro X. Naturally I tried this one as well.
When I was 16 I saved enough to buy a Canon A-1 (with a standard 50mm/1.8), a marvellous camera. From then on I could experiment further. I studied to get good portraits, my favorite subject at that time. Later I became interested in photographing architecture. Another interest was pop photography. Went to a lot of concerts, and I became the band photographer of November and For Absent Friends (FAF), two Dutch sympho rockbands. I still do photo work for the cd inlays of FAF albums. During this period I bought a Canon T90 (another great camera: Canon's unique "bio-form," which is now widely recognized, was created in the design work for the T90) and later also a Canon F-1n; the T90 for colour and the F-1n for B&W. In 2003 I decided I had to try digital photography. Just to see if this is something worth working with. I bought a Canon Powershot S50, just to use next to my analog Canons. However I still am partial to film, I am very much into digital photography. At this moment my set contains a Canon 5D, Canon G12 and an iPhone (see my Instagram pics:

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    Sunderland Photographer John Galloway says:

    "Ruud is a nice guy and a great flickr friend to me, his work is great it really stands out and he has a gifted way of thinking outside of the box when pressing the shutter so you are always going to get something fresh and new to look at when visiting his work, keep them coming Ruud your stuff is great to view."

    February 28th, 2008

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    dark0nnl says:

    "Ruud has helped me a long way in Photography techniques and still motivates me with great idea's...

    I love a lot of his pictures. The great colors and the perfect settings he uses speak for themself!!"

    September 28th, 2007

Ruud Raats
July 2006
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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