Welcome to realworldimages.co.uk (RWI)
This website was originally devised as a gallery to show photos taken during my travels back in 2005. I later (a lot later) saw the potential to expand its use to a more general photography website around 2008. Now, 2012 sees the website refreshed to a more purpose build design. I'm no expert web developer but the site should be easier to navigate and easier for me to maintain than the previous incarnation.
The website is not intended to have a bias towards any brand of equipment as I essentially see them all as tools for achieve a task. The standard of most photographic equipment these days is very high and it is likely the final output is mostly influenced by how someone relates and understands a particular piece of equipment rather than pure technical capabilities. I personally shoot with Sony and Nikon DSLRs after many years shooting with Minolta SLRs but I recognise and always enjoy the opportunity to shoot with other brands of camera. The photos presented at realworldimages.co.uk are not only taken with DSLRs but with compacts and smartphones (i.e. whatever I have at hand or is most suitable to the take).
Photography is an enjoyable (but expensive) hobby for me at this time. I originally got interested after reading my dad's Time Life Photography collection of books (back in ancient times) and I still enjoy that style of photography (which was more journalistic and artist). I like the idea that a photograph should try to convey a message or a look rather than just trying to be technically perfect.
After years of shooting with film I started to take digital seriously when I the results I could achieve with the first Canon digital IXUS and then the Canon G1 back in 2000. Now more than 10 years later I'm being impressed with what can be achieved with the modern cameraphone (smartphone). Not only have the built-in cameras improved but supporting applications have developed for very artistic photos can be produced completely in the handset and ready to send out into the world. It would come as no surprised if some of this technology is implemented in the purpose built compacts and DSLR in future,