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You speak of first having a love for photography at university, how did this develop to learning and educating yourself in photography? How did you get from student to professional photographer? Well it was quite an arduous process. On my course, anything to do with the technical side of photography wasn’t taught, it strictly focused on the artistic side. So technical education involved trying to get my hands on any cameras I could, borrowing 35mm film cameras, saving up for a Digital SLR and even buying run down 120mm film cameras online, just anything to get better hands on experience of how cameras worked. Together with books, websites, manuals and endless conversations with anyone with more experience than me. (which was pretty much anyone) So in fact the technical side was self-taught if you don’t count books and instructions, getting to grips with it certainly was. Turning professional was even tougher. It was something I had decided to do toward the end of my third year of uni, with few jobs available. I felt being self employed and doing something I loved had to be worth a shot. It was incredibly hard to begin with, figuring out what to spend money on, how not to waste it, how to sell my services and products, at times very frustrating but a great learning process. There was a lot of patience involved from both me and my family before I got picked up by an agency. That’s where the actual ‘career’ began, and now almost four years later it’s a case of constantly working to keep up to date with what’s going on within different aspects of the industry, improving my work, tackling new challenges and of course like everyone else I’m still learning things all the time. (via Interview Photographer Dave O’Keefe | Design Juices)

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