About Me

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Hi there, my name is István and I’d like to thank you for visiting my photography website. I could write about my favourite food and pets here, however that would be irrelevant (unless  I was describing how to photograph them) so I’ll just write about my involvement with photography.

 

Early endeavours with photography and picture taking

At high school I entered a photography contest (I didn’t win any prizes) and borrowed my dad’s Praktica SLR camera. I studied the settings (and how the micro-prism works) and shot a few rolls indoors and out. I used black and white (because it was cheaper to develop) and I enjoyed the freedom of composing and framing photos of my liking.

Next, when I went to study overseas, I saved up for a point and shoot film camera (that was mostly automatic). I guess most of us had one of these (except people who were born after the year 2000 and professional photographers).

 

The era of digital photography

It wasn’t until around 2004 that I bought my first digital camera. I was pretty amazed by the small size of it and the digital zoom. A few years later, I upgraded to a Kodak EasyShare M883. With it’s 8 mega-pixel and large LCD screen, I thought it was a top notch camera. Don’t get me wrong I still have this camera and believe it is great what it’s made for. However, I got involved in stock photography. The strictness of photo evaluations quickly made me realise that I need to learn a lot more about photography, post processing and that point and shoot cameras just simply won’t cut it for stock photography.

Fortunately, there is a huge amount of information about all aspects of photography on the Internet readily available and with the rapid advancement in technology (and affordable prices) I was able to save up for my first DSLR camera with a kit lens. It was a Nikon D40. I’m not sure how I ended up choosing a Nikon (since there are a number of competing brands on the market), furthermore my work mates and boss labelled me as a ‘traitor’ and ‘look he chose the other side’ (as they prefer the Canon brand) but I’m happy with my choice. I’ve taken many images with my D40, learnt a lot about camera settings and DSLR’s in general, and it even enabled me to be accepted to iStock as a contributor.

 

The photography bug

By this time I was well infected by the photography bug (that is constantly looking up lenses and equipment on the net. Even when going out to places, I couldn’t help but notice tourists and their cameras. I couldn’t just walk past without noticing what camera, (what type of lens etc.). I got a dedicated 90mm macro lens then upgraded to a Nikon D7000. This particular model from Nikon is a very well made one and I would highly recommend to anyone who interested in photography and a bit over the point and shoot scene. This camera helped me to boost my iStock portfolio, learn a lot more about camera settings and it is more than adequate to address a wedding for example.

Next I learnt that Nikon decided to bring out a new camera model – the Nikon D800. Being already infected by the photography bug, I kept on reading statistics and reviews about this model and I just couldn’t help to shop around and buy one. This was a major step up for me as I previously never owned a full frame DSLR and to me this was the bees knees.

 

Stock photography background

Through my stock photography I had the chance to take portraits, macro shots (that could come in handy in commercial or product photography), landscape photography and a while ago I got into panorama photography that I will talk about a bit more extensively on my blog.

I’ve also had my fair share of photo shoots of hotel and resort style photography (interior and exterior) so it makes perfect sense to me to specialise in property photography.

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