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Pictures by Bishop's Stortford Camera Club secretary Bill Edwards, who has used the likes of Pentax, Rolleiflex and Panasonic cameras




I am Bill Edwards, Bishop's Stortford Camera Club's secretary. As well as doing the usual secretary's jobs of writing the rules, taking the minutes and keeping records, I also organise the club's programme of workshops.

I started photography long ago by borrowing a camera from my father. The camera was an Ensign midget which, when folded, will fit in a shirt pocket. The film it used has not been available for many years.

My first serious camera was a Russian-made SLR which was built like a tank but still works. Eventually I graduated to Pentax SLRs.

I am not a camera collector, but my wife might not agree. I have, over the years, acquired a number of cameras including a Rolleiflex. The largest camera I have is a British-made MPP S92 which uses 5in x 4in sheet film. Eventually I switched to a digital Pentax SLR. Now I often use a Panasonic micro four-thirds camera.

I photograph an eclectic list of things. I reckon they can be classified as small things like insects, flowers and food, medium-sized things such as portraits of people, and large things such as steam trains, architecture and landscapes.

My favourite activity in the club is the workshops, particularly portrait workshops. On a workshop night we break up into small groups to undertake some photographic activity. The club has a set of studio lights which we use to do portraits, still lifes and close-ups.

I used to think of myself as a landscape photographer, but portrait workshops have converted me to a portrait photographer.

For more information about Bishop's Stortford Camera Club, visit www.stortfordcamera.club .

If you would like to join the club, email membership@stortfordcamera.club. The new season starts this month.



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