Michael Hadfield [hadfieldsphotography]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
Not yet, but there is a website with a handful of pictures on at http://www.hadfieldsphotography.co.uk also some images on my Hadfield's Photography facebook page.
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
I took my very first photo when I was around 9. It was a b&w shot of the horse guards outside Buckingham Palace with my Mum's Kodak Brownie. Had my first 35mm camera when I was 15 and been taking pictures ever since.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I'm self-taught - at one period in my life reading around 3-4 photo magazines a month and everything I could get from the library on photography.
What is your favourite type of photography?
I think flowers and gardens are my first love. For around five years I was a regular contributor of words and images to Organic Gardening magazine.
How do you choose your subjects?
Generally whatever catches my eye
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
make sure the batteries are charged and the CF cards cleared of old images.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
Both. With commissions I have an idea what sort images my client is looking for and so I need to produce those, and if time allows, experiment a little so that they have something extra to use. Photographing for my own amusement I tend to go with the flow.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I've been a Canon User for 33 years, but when I was switching from film to digital it was touch and go between Canon and Nikon. Canon just seemed to be offering a little bit more for the money.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Canon 40D + 400D, 17-85 EFS, 70-200 f4 L, 100 EF macro.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Photoshop and Lightroom
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
practice, practice, more practice and critical reviews of images
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
I only use digital now. If I needed a really big print I'd dig out my Mamiya 6x7 and buy some 120 film though.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?