About Black Key Photography
Hi, I'm Chris and I am behind Black Key Photography! I am an amateur, self taught photographer primarily, but not exclusively, focused on landscape photography.
Why landscape photography? It is just because I love being outdoors, I have spent years hiking and scrambling around the Welsh hills and mountains, and I have always had a camera of some description with me. I have always taken photographs of the landscape and now I have the chance to show a few more people the beautiful places I visit.
It was only around 4 years ago that I started thinking more seriously about the photographs I was taking whilst on my little adventures. I had been wandering around with fairly cheap point and shoot cameras, capturing the shots the best I could but I felt that I wanted more flexibility with the equipment I was using.
In 2012 I decided it was time to upgrade and I purchased my first DSLR camera. Immediately I wanted to know more about how to use the camera to its full potential. I started to teach myself how to use it, using magazines, the internet and all sorts of books to learn the techniques and skills involved. Heading out into the countryside as often as possible to test the techniques I was learning and seeing what sort of images I could capture and share with my family members when I got back.
My Snowdon Goats photograph still remains one of my all time favourite photographs and was one of my motivations to pursue my interest in photography. I only wish I had the camera I do now to do the scene justice. I don’t know how many times I have been back to that spot to try and recapture the photo, luckily the mountain stays there, but unless I bring my own goats I don’t think I will ever recreate it!
Of course my family were very impressed with the photographs I showed them, they have to be they are family! However, it did spur me on to post a few photos on Facebook and see what my friends thought too, and I got a really good reaction and plenty of encouragement.
I thought the next step would be to venture onto Flickr and see what a social media site based on sharing photographs would make of my efforts. To my surprise, again I have had a very positive response to my photographs and continue to do so. I have over a thousand followers on Flickr and this number is growing all the time.
So, after such a positive response to my photographs from everyone I have shown, along with some arm twisting, nudges in the right direction and quite a bit of hard work I have finally got Black Key Photography up and running!
If you have any questions, ideas, feedback or if you would like to buy any of my photographs then then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Hope you enjoy the website!