Northern Echo Camera Club member Craig Bartlett, from Darlington, talks about his love of photography.

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

I've loved taking photographs since I was very young ,which must be a family thing as my dad and uncle are also both keen photographers. Recently I've taken it up a level, really helped along by the evening photography classes at Darlington College, which I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn how to take better pictures.

What was your first camera?

When we were little we used to have these little cameras of our own for when we went on holidays, if that counts? My first "proper" camera was a film camera I got well after digital started, simply because it was cheap and I was poor – a Canon T70. I've moved on to digital now of course.

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

I do a lot of hill walking in the Lake District, so landscapes are a favourite. Having a few photos of the place around the house reminds takes me back there when I can't be there in person.

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

It changes all the time, especially as I am still learning. My current favourite is of the Flatiron Building in New York, I think because it's different to other pictures I have seen, which is a challenge for somewhere so well-known. I don't think there is much I would change about it either, whereas usually I can spot a few bits and pieces on most pictures which I wish I had done differently.

What's your go-to kit at the moment?

I have just treated myself to a Canon 6D mark ii, which I love, and my favourite lens is my little Canon 50mm – I use it for everything from portraits to landscapes.

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

I am starting to, yes. I try to do as much as possible myself because I don't want the camera making decisions for me. Plus it's a good chance to take an extra close look at my photos, and be really critical about which ones I keep, and think about why other photos maybe did work out so well. I use Adobe Lightroom, and a little bit of Photoshop.

Do you have any advice for budding photographers?

Print your photos out and put them on your walls.