A History in Photography
A Nikkormat FT2 was where it started for me, more than thirty years ago. Ouch! Actually I had a couple of bodies and some prime Nikkors. There was something about the ‘feel’ of that mechanical camera equipment that made the experience engaging. RB67s too, great lumps, little technology but at the end of the day the lenses were great so no excuses either.
In truth the fascination started much earlier with my dad’s really cool Canonent and then my first camera, a plastic Diana, now getting rather trendy again. The early stages of digital were difficult, yes no more trips to the scanning house, no more huge bills for drum scanning but something got lost.
Equipped for the Future
The access to a Leica offered a return to my roots. In this respect I feel privileged. No autofocus, no complex metering systems. The Leica body will take a flash but it would look daft with it on.
But where the Leica frustrates the Nikons, especially the D800e, excel. Yes digital eventually matured. The Leica turned me into a Lightroom man, it seems a better metaphor for the darkroom but Photoshop is a fantastic thing. The camera is where it’s done though but always Raw for me.
Learning is lifelong, YouTube is a fantastic resource. I like to start the day with some YouTube training, frequently Photoshop tips. Never be too proud to continue the learning journey, this world isn’t standing still.
Our Customer Testimonials
Many thanks Andrew, the photos are ace.
The printed items look good because we had some great photos to include – a vast amount of that is down to your expertise.
Great day yesterday, it was a pleasure working with you.
The pictures are exactly what I’m looking for!
Hi Andrew, Many thanks for your help with the photos. The ones we viewed at site were fantastic.
So we asked Andrew Butler for some pictures to support Sean Vaardal’s feature on Plymouth and were so blown away by what arrived in our inbox we decided to make them this issue’s photostory. To look at them you’re reminded of the opening sequence of House of Cards, but this is Plymouth, and Plymouth as you’ve never seen before. As Butler expertly demonstrates, it’s clearly time to take a closer look
Thanks for all your hard work on this, I think the photos look great and are definitely a vast improvement on previous years!
Wow Andrew – those are amazing! Didn’t know I could look so good!
Pure talent through a lens
I love Andrew’s work, I can honestly say I have never really noticed photography in the past but when I look at his stuff I find myself looking deeper into the image and becoming mesmerized.
Andrew, I really did enjoy yesterday and the photos you have selected are excellent. To be honest until I looked at them, I never noticed how much I look like my late grandfather. It really does make a difference having it done professionally
Couldn’t be happier! Beautiful photography that followed the brief perfectly! You’re a fantastic find and we’ll absolutely be working with you again!
The shots look great, exactly what we’re looking for and thank you so much for being so accommodating at such short notice!
My thanks again to the two of you for your time this morning – it was enjoyable working with you…and hopefully we’ll work together again as I develop the business.
Thank you for the images, we are really happy with them. You can expect a call from us whenever we, or any of our colleagues, have an assignment in your area. Very professional. Kind regards from Sweden