JCDPhotographic came into being in 2015 after I realised it was time to stop fooling myself that my passion for photography was just a hobby.
I have been a snapper for as long as I can remember, using film cameras in days gone by, then digital cameras. I bought my first digital camera in 2002. It was a simple, point-and-click device. The new world of never having (or being able to afford) to pay for processing opened up endless possibilities for me. Needless to say, I went through batteries at a rate of knots!
I soon upgraded to a better point-and-click camera. In my spare time I would be out on my motorcycle visiting various places in Northern Ireland, in order to capture the naturally beautiful surroundings. Sadly, my career as a chef and the famous Northern Irish weather meant my picture-taking time was very limited.
In 2009, I moved to Portsmouth, England. I took a job in catering, but after a brief spell, decided it was time for a change. I re-trained as a motorcycle riding instructor and started working more sociable hours, which gave me a lot more time to take pictures. It was not long before I had grown out of the simple point and click and craved something a little more powerful.
I received a bridge camera as a gift in 2014. I was like a child in a sweet shop. So many settings, so much versatility and a super zoom which enabled me to get up close and personal with wildlife without having to get neither up close nor personal. Some of my favourite pictures were taken with my bridge camera and feature on this site.
My love affair with my bridge camera really upped my interest in photography. I even enrolled in a basic college course to help me get the most out of my camera. I enjoyed this learning curve and it was the catalyst to wanting to upgrade to a DSLR camera. I found the course very informative, but there were parts of it that I could not get involved with due to the bridge camera not having the range of setting that a DSLR has; I was starting to discover the limitations of using a bridge camera and felt I was beginning to ‘grow out’ of it. The course did teach me quite a lot about the basics of photography though and I regard it as a worthwhile experience.
In 2015 I purchased my first DSLR. After a brief spell of trying to figure out all the buttons I took the plunge and stepped out of automatic mode and into manual mode. I have never looked back. My passion for photography exploded. I was soon collecting the extras that go with owning such a camera. Various lenses, filters, tripods and editing software were added to my collection.
I joined various social media photography pages to share my images with the world. There were photographers of all levels and experience on these pages. Looking at some of the fantastic pictures has helped me improve my own skill. I have met a number of local photographers and they have helped me improve my skills to the point where I decided it was time to set up my own photography page on social media, to showcase my own images. This was the birth of the JCDPhotographic Facebook page.
Now, after a year of DSLR ownership and countless hours invested in learning how to get the most out of my camera, I’ve managed to secure an official commissioned job as a photographer for a charity (TBex – assisting disabled people to ride motorbikes) at one of their local events. It seems in one conversation, I had gone from amateur to professional.
Like all professional photographers, I found myself in need of a website and JCDPhotographic.com was created in response to that need. I hope you enjoy the content.