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What’s Tmma Photography about?

Tmma Photography features images mainly taken around the UK. There are landscapes from Scotland, England and Wales. We have  macro photos of insects and plants and a variety of wildlife. The 12 Pics  series is a dozen pictures on such varied themes as Skara Brae in Orkney to Rome and Pisa in Italy, with a few places in-between. We also have the lucky dip (for photos that don’t easily fit into the other albums) and Eyes Down – a collection of images from my son who has Down Syndrome.

There’s quite a variety here. Who takes all these pictures?

The images on this site are a family effort. Mostly they are taken by a nice chap called Mark, sometimes his wife and son join in. Back in 1983 a close friend encouraged me to pick up a camera and introduced the ‘magic’ of developing and printing. Over the years several darkrooms have ensued, I’ve developed films from 1/2 frame, 35mm and medium format equipment and printed black and white on a variety of papers.

Kodak DC200

Kodak DC200

OK nice to meet you Mark. How did you get into digital?

Thanks for dropping by! By 1999 I embraced digital photography with a one megapixel Kodak digital camera, the DC200. Someone I worked with showed me one. I was hooked. No space consuming darkroom and nasty chemicals required. Instead of feeling like a mole, I swapped the darkroom for a computer. Maybe not everyones choice but it worked or me.

 

Nikon D70

Nikon D70

 

By 2004 I acquired my first DSLR, a Nikon D70. Both cameras are still in working order and kept for sentimental reasons. The D70 can still produce acceptable results. The DC200 not so much.

 

 

Gear

What and how I shoot and use the end images is different to the next person. What works for my photography may not work for you and vice versa. I take pictures for the fun and enjoyment of being out and about.

Images on this site have been taken with a range of older bodies from 10-26mp, with sensor sizes from 1” to APS-C and every so often a smartphone. I’m currently using a m43 system with some prime lenses and a couple of zooms. In 35mm efov terms that covers 28 to 400mm. For some reason I don’t really get on with anything wider than 28mm on a ILC camera despite having tried a few times.

The main cost of shedding weight and bulk is limiting myself in low light and dynamic range, compared to larger sensors. I don’t print big and have never felt I needed a full frame digital setup. Some might say you have little scope for post image cropping. True, but shouldn’t you rely on good / better composition to start with?

Everything is a compromise. We are blessed with a wide range of gear today. You just need to figure what does or doesn’t work for you. Sometimes that can take a while, sometimes things change.

I have a travel tripod but don’t really use it that much. Because of my small kit a mini tripod is permanently with me. With a handy fence post, boulder or wall I’m good for most situations.  I only use three filters. A ND, graduated ND and a circular polariser.

Does gear matter?

There are certainly situations where specialist (and expensive) gear will make getting a good image easier. If your an amateur, most of the time the gear isn’t the limiting factor. Sure marketing departments tell you otherwise, but you don’t have to believe them. The only time you really NEED to upgrade is if your equipment compromises you getting the shot.  If you WANT to get some gear fine……. but before going all magpie and getting that new shiny bit of kit, would a workshop or travel experience be more beneficial?

Escapism

I get more fun going out to take photos than worrying about gear.

Get in the zone and all your worries float away. Combine it with a day out in some nice countryside [insert your preferred location] and you will feel better for it. Don’t pressure yourself to get the banger of a photo (I.e portfolio shot) every time you go out. Getting a great image is the icing on the cake.

Whatever equipment you use and subjects you shoot – enjoy yourself. It’s your journey. You decide.

This site is a personal project and an extension of my photography hobby. There is no sponsorship, no affiliate links and no advertising. Informational links are provided as a courtesy. The Tmma Photography disclaimer page is here.

If you would like to use something from this site, fill in the Contact page and we can sort out a higher resolution copy as all images are optimised for web use.