I can’t understand how taking photos got so complicated!

Rod Lawton with camera
(Image credit: Future)

A lot has changed in photography. Cameras now are vastly more sophisticated than they were in the days when a 35mm SLR was the bee’s knees. Everything is better. And more complicated.

My first proper cameras were a series of 35mm SLRs film cameras and a couple of medium format TLRs, all of them manual. They didn’t all have light meters, even, or at least light meters you could rely on.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com