EVERY Monday we profile a member of The Northern Echo Camera Club and publish their favourite images.

This week Jamie Paddock, originally from Lincoln but currently living in Spennymoor

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

My Grandad was really into photography and I remember from an early age being interested in his cameras. Even as a kid, I would always take my little film camera everywhere with me.

What was your first camera?

Back in 2010 I bought a Nikon D5000 with a kit lens. It was my first ‘proper’ camera and great for a beginner!

Is there anything in particular you enjoy photographing most, and why?

I love travel photography which encompasses landscapes, portraits and street photography. I love just wandering around a new city taking pictures of anything and everything.

Of all the photos you’ve taken, which has been your favourite, and why?

This is a really hard one as I’ve got so many favourites. I think it’s the shot of a little boy hanging out of a train window in one of Bangkok’s train stations. He looks so fed up, perhaps he just wants to get out of the crazy city.

What’s your go-to kit at the moment?

For the last year or so, I’ve used a Fujifilm X-T2 with three lenses; 23mm, 10-24mm and 55-200mm. I love the retro-styling of the X-T2 and the fact that there are manual dials for everything. For ten months of travel, I used the 23mm lens 95% of the time. It’s small, fast and weather resistant.

Do you spend much time in post-production and what software do you use?

Not anymore. I love the colours that the X-T2 produces so recently I’ve been shooting JPEG. I find that if I get everything right in camera, there’s no post-processing to be done! I still use Adobe Lightroom though for cataloguing my photos and, occasionally, very minor editing.

Do you have any advice for budding photographers?

Get to know your camera inside out and spend as much time taking photos as possible.