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Prints, posters and more

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In my other life, I’m a photographer. In fact, I’ve been taking pictures since I was a teenager and my degree is in film & photography. It’s deep in my DNA. Maybe being a geek helps. Photography is a combination of aesthetics and technology – now more than ever. Most of my work centres around landscape, the environment and travel,… Read more »

Building a photo digitiser

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Regular readers will know that, in real life, I’m a photographer. And I’ve been one for a long time, which means many of my images were shot on film. They’re not going much good just sitting in filing cabinets – I need digital copies, which is where this project comes in. But first, some caution is required: if you like… Read more »

First time with BBC Basic

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So what was your first program? You know, the first one that meant anything. My guess is that when you unwrapped your first home computer (mine was a Sinclair Spectrum 48K) the lines of code you typed were little more than snippets – changing some colours on the display, perhaps, or making rude words scroll endlessly down the screen. You… Read more »

Hacking a film scanner

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I’m building a rig to digitise my large selection of 35mm transparencies and negatives and in the process I’ve encountered what could be one of the worst electronic products I’ve ever bought. And in the spirit of the ineffable Big Clive, I thought I’d share my adventures in taking it apart. In some ways this belongs over on my photography… Read more »

And now for something completely different…

Photography has always been my primary passion, even during those times when I’ve become besotted with aviation, robotics, electronics and cycling. So I hope you don’t mind if I take a brief break from tech posts to mention that I will soon be showing my landscape photography work in an exhibition, alongside the sculptures and 3D work of my friend Sue… Read more »

From the archives: Computers in photography

Having written two long articles for Personal Computer World on one of my great passions, aviation (here and here), it was perhaps inevitable that I would sell them a piece on an even greater obsession of mine – photography. This was published in the March 1991 issue. The article mentions the Sony Mavica. This wasn’t a digital camera – it was… Read more »