David Hay • Straight Out of Camera

Whether you are still processing film or using digital, getting the photo right at time of capture is a part of composition that still thrills and excites, as David Hay explains

For much of my photographic career I shot exclusively on transparency film. During those days you only had one chance to get it right. After framing up the picture and checking the focus and depth of field, you had to adjust the exposure precisely and then press the shutter release. About a week or ten days later the processed film would pop through the letterbox. A quick look through the slides would result in some of them immediately being filed away in the bin. Anything less than perfect exposure would be rejected. There was only about a third of a stop range around the correct exposure that would be usable. Framing had to be perfect. Although it was possible to trap small pieces of foil in the slide mount to mask off distractions, I was never happy with this look.

When digital photography arrived, the great attraction to me was that you could see instantly on the back of the camera whether the image was okay or not. If it wasn’t, you could alter the settings until it was. I could leave a location confident that I had got the shot.

To this day I still like to try and get images right at the time of capture. An image that can be printed straight out of the camera (SOOC) is still an attractive option to me. Are these images more ...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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