Introducing Damien Demolder
It’s a great privilege to be asked to help run the Lumix G Experience website. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the users and to sharing some of my own experiences of photography and the Lumix cameras that I love using.
I’d like to introduce myself so you can know a little about me and my background before we start. I’ve been taking pictures since my mother passed her Kodak Brownie 44A on to me when I was about ten, and I advanced through various film cameras as they were passed down when other family members upgraded. I was very quickly quite mad into photography and spent a lot of time taking pictures, reading photography books and drooling over the equipment in the back of Amateur Photographer magazine.
After studying photography at college I went to sea to work as a photographer on cruiseships, and returned three years later to forge my way as a photographer and assistant on land. In 1997 I joined the monthly Photo Technique magazine to write equipment tests and news, and then moved to Amateur Photographer’s features department when PT closed in 1999. I stayed at AP until 2013, having passed through the technical and news departments and ended up as editor for six years. I now work for myself, and review equipment for magazines and websites, and teach photography, talk photography and write photography – and sometimes eat, sleep and dream photography!
I use a host of different camera systems for my job as a reviewer as I have to be completely familiar with all operating systems, menus and camera layouts. I’ve been using Lumix G cameras since the slow and lumbering G1 – which I still have in blue and black – and have used and tested almost every model since. Over the years the models that have stood out for me have been the GH3, GH4, GX7, GM1 and GM5. I now use the GH5, GX8 and am rather in love with the GX800. I started using the Lumix G system for street photography, but now use these cameras for almost everything. I love that they are fast to use, they have great lenses and that the picture quality is excellent – and I’m quite picky!
When I’m not testing cameras or writing news for DP Review and British Journal of Photography I lead photography workshops, help with The Photography Show and judge competitions. This year I was the chair of judges for the Open, National and Youth categories of the Sony World Photography Awards and I’m a shortlist judge for the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year.
I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the Lumix G Experience, to getting to know you all through the forum and to helping out with your technical and creative dilemmas.
I am admin_damiendemolder in the community section so feel free to get in touch.