EVERY week we profile a member of The Northern Echo Camera Club and publish their favourite images - this week Jeff Whitfield from Chilton

The Northern Echo: PROFILE: Jeff Whitfield, from Chilton

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

I THINK it was in my blood. My Uncle Billy on my dad's side was a keen photographer in the 1950s and 1960s and won quite a few competitions. As a young lad I inherited a Super 8mm movie camera from a family friend and just went out a started filming family events. It was one of those cameras where once you had used up the film you would send it to Kodak to be developed and they would send it back on a spool. I used to edit the footage with an old film splicer and then watch the footage using a Eumig Film Projector. I love watching movies old and new and take particular attention to the cinematography.

Your first camera?

MY first decent stills camera was a Minolta Dynax 7xi.

What do you most photographing most?

I LIKE to capture moments in time, not posed or staged but spur of the moment.

Your favourite picture?

IT'S very difficult to pick a favourite without first putting them into categories, but if pressed I would say Simple Pleasures as it won the North East Region What Makes Britain Beautiful Competition in 2016.

Your go-to kit at the moment?

I HAVE a Canon 760d and my most used camera at the moment is a Fuji XT10.

Do you spend much time in post-production?

MOST of my post production is spent mainly cropping here and there, adding a slight vignette and turning quite a few images to black and white as I think they age better than colour.

Any advice for budding photographers?

TAKE your camera everywhere with you and shoot, shoot, shoot.