About Jason Reading Photography
This will be a short bio as I always find myself lost for words when I have to write instead of speak. I guess that’s one of the reasons I love photography; it allows me to convey stories without the need of words.
My Introduction to Photography
When I was a young boy my Dad had a Pentax Asahi camera. We had stacks of photo albums and slide cases. Every time we went on holiday it was followed by an obligatory showing of slides to family and friends.
Dad was quietly proud of his camera and his photography skills, and over the years his camera grew into a large bag full of lenses, flash gun, Cokin Filters and various other gadgets. He also acquired a tripod and remote trigger cable.
I showed a keen interest in his camera; after all it was a piece of ‘tech’ that my Dad revered and it just seemed like a great thing to me. This was when he started to teach me how to use it and how to take a good photo.
I learned how to use my Dad’s camera well and understood many aspect of photography from his teachings. My own camera, a little Kodak Instamatic, took somewhat less wonderful photographs, lacking the controls and any ability to choose lens or zoom. I found as went onwards that I just didn’t believe in my cheap little instamatic and couldn’t be bothered to go through the cycle of buying film, taking shots and then paying to get the film processed. This is where my efforts of photography went into hibernation.
Technology moved on and digital cameras started to make it onto the market. I found my self looking into the window of a camera shop and noticed they had a digital camera that was just about affordable. Technology had solved my biggest photography problem… getting the film processed. I just had to buy that camera. Two hours later I was sat at home admiring my brand new Kodak Digital camera. It was two megapixels and actually almost the exact same thing as my long since lost instamatic that I had stopped using.
After much use of my little digital camera I concluded that it ate batteries for breakfast, had an absolutely terrible lens, still had almost no controls and also failed to inspire me like my Dad’s old Pentax had.
I carried on with digital cameras buying slightly more affordable models, all of which were digital compacts. Still I harboured the dream of buying a proper digital camera and finally in 2011 I found myself in a large electronics store looking at a Canon EOS 600D (actually the US version, the Rebel T3i). Once again I found myself with a new piece of kit. This was the point where I connected the same way my camera as I had my Dad’s. Now my camera, like Dad’s became a large bag of lenses, filters, flash, trigger, gadgets and all the rest.
Photography to me
Simply put, I aspire towards photography that makes people stop, look and consider what they are looking at. If they then walk away with something valuable in their head it all becomes worth it. My favourite types of photograph are portraits and shots of people that have impact, depth, purpose and story. I also have a great love of beauty shots, technical shots and even enjoy the odd landscape and wildlife shot too.
I just want to take photos that cause the eye to linger and mostly I seek to achieve this by putting effort into the composition, care to lighting and then much post processing to achieve the exact look, feel and depth I seek.
With a strong desire to use photography as an income I have paid attention to my photography style. In order to achieve the results I sought I moved on to using a Sony A7 Rii high resolution digital mirrorless camera. My selection of lenses now cover most requirements although I don’t believe I will ever have all the lenses I want!
I find myself practicing and improving my skills at every opportunity. Post processing software now is responsible for the larger part of every commercial image these days, so I make effort to continue learning how to get the best results I can from Lightroom and Photoshop every step of the way.
I am now building my portfolio with photographs that I can feel proud of just like that quiet pride I saw in my Dad all those years ago.