Andreas W. Matthes photography ©


Digital photography changed a lot of the way I take photos. When I had to develop my pictures in a dark room it took so much time and the film had 36 exposures. Now I can take a lot of photos and either keep them or discard them at will plus the post capture production is endless.

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In 2000 started off to borrow a 3030 Olympus point and shoot digital camera that belonged to a friend of mine.

In 2001 I bought my first digital camera, a Sony Cybershot P5. Together with the P5 I bought the Sony underwater camera housing to take photos underwater, engaging in underwater photography.

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In 2004 I started to use a Olympus 3040 point and shoot camera that came with a Light and Motion Tetra underwater camera housing.

In 2005 I bought a Olympus 3030 point and shoot camera with a Light and Motion Tetra housing.

In 2007 I bought a Nikon D 80 digital SLR with a number of Nikkor lenses (18-200mm, 28-75mm, 50mm, 500mm mirror lens) and a Nikon Speedlight SB 600 system strobe. A digital SLR was on my wish list for over 4 years and finally I made it come true.

In 2008 I purchased a Ikelite underwater housing and Ikelite strobes to start underwater photography.

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In 2009 I purchased a Nikon D 90 digital SLR with a Nikkor 12-24mm lens as well as a Canon G 10 digital camera. The D 90 failed in April 2018 during a South America trip.

In 2011 I complemented my lens set with a 10.5mm wide angle and 105mm Macro lens. The purchase of a GoPro Hero II camera enabled me to take a very small digital camera to places I was not able to before. Awesome tool !!.

In 2012 I purchased a used Nikon D1x, a used Nikon D 70 and a used Canon A 3000 IS, all converted permanently for Infrared Photography. The D 70 is converted permanently for IR photography at the 750 nm range, The A 3000 IS is permanently converted for IR photography at the 590 nm range and the Nikon D1X is still stock with the use of IR filters. I completed my lens set with a 50mm 1.4 and a Lensbaby lens.

In 2014 I purchased a compact Fujifilm X100S camera. With a cropped sensor and a f2 lens is produces very crisp images. Loved it. The Fuji failed in August of 2017 due to a hardware malfunction on the motherboard. After over 33.000 images taken. This sucks !!.

In 2018 I went back to a point and shoot camera. I am currently using a Canon SX730HS.

As I am getting more experienced with digital photography I am experimenting more with post capture image work in Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, Photomatix and Nik Silver Effex Pro as well as image capture techniques such as HDR, Infrared, experimental photography and panoramic stitches.

In 2019 I sold all of my old camera equipment and lenses and bought a simple Canon point and shoot. I Still have my Canon Infrared point and shoot but not using either camera a lot. I still have my analog 6x6 Russian Kiev system but haven't used it in 30 years. I started to use and experiment with my cel. phone camera more for photography. Its fun and different.