Christmas 2013… and plenty more to come

Christmas is here

I intended to bring you some street photography shots of happy shoppers. I was out watching the final dash for the Christmas presents. However, after ten minutes my camera battery went.

Well that’s not a problem. I swapped it for another and started again. Hmmm! The camera, an old Canon 350D, steadfastly refused to start up. It would only show me the battery was charged. I changed the battery for another – just in case. This time I got a brief “Err05” and then it died again.


No camera. This is not a problem! Undaunted, I whipped out the smart phone.Then I spent a happy hour capturing the best of the happy shoppers.

Now picture this… I am sitting in a car at a WIFI hotspot. I am trying to upload the photos to my laptop. The laptop completely ignores the phone. The phone tells me it is “Not tethered to any USB device”. Well… drat!

Sometimes things go wrong even if you have a backup. I have two other cameras 12 miles away. But no broadband connection there. And, it is late on Christmas Eve. Sometimes blogging is hell! But, I am still smiling.


This year, you, the readers, have been exceptionally supportive. I get a great deal of positive comments and thanks through Twitter, 365Project, Google+ and other channels. I also get comments here on the blog. So many positive things are said that it keeps me hard at the keyboard.

Courses next year

Many of my readers and friends have asked if I can start opening up my training courses more. So next year I will be doing a series of one day courses. To start with I will be running some courses on ‘going manual’ with your camera. Also, I am planning courses on portraiture and composition. So look out for those announced on these pages. Some other exciting things will be happening on this blog too so keep watching this space.

Thank you all

I want to send you all my Christmas Greetings. Whatever your beliefs or your holiday activities are about, I wish you all the best of the season and to have a great time over the next few days. I also wish you all the most prosperous and enjoyable New Year. But more than that I hope you have an excellent year ahead of great photography!

PS… Don’t forget to say Happy Christmas in the comments below!

Meanwhile, I think I will be upgrading an old camera  Camera sales after Christmas. External link - opens new tab/page shortly.

8 responses to “Christmas 2013… and plenty more to come

  1. Thank you, Damon. You keep me going ….@karenann

  2. Ann H. LeFevre

    Damon, I have truly enjoyed your blog and learned much from it. I’ve enjoyed the video tutorials in hopes that someday I’ll have a camera that matches the capabilities you’re talking about on them! The articles on composition and artistry have been especially interesting to me because they relate to any photographer and the articles which feature well-known or historical photographers are inspiring. I think the one day courses and hope that I’ll be able to take advantage of those! Best wishes to you and yours in 2014 and looking forward to many more visits to this site!!

    • Ann, Thanks for your comments and support this year. I hope that 2014 will be photographically fun and productive. I am sure you will enjoy it anyways… Have a happy new year!

  3. Damon,
    A great blog from which I have enjoyed reading and have learnt a lot this year . Have you thought about putting it in hard covers ? I’m sure it would be very successful. Long may you continue with your efforts.
    Very best wishes for Christmas and 2014, to you and your family.

    • Thank you Shirley! I am really pleased you have enjoyed it. It gives me great pleasure when I get lovely feedback and it helps spur me on. So have a happy and photographicly fun new year.

  4. Very entertaining, although sorry you had so many mishaps! Perhaps you are right it is time to upgrade your old camera. Good idea to do the street photography, hope you managed to capture the essence of last minute Christmas shopping. Have a great Christmas with the family and now I have joined your blog, will look forward to reading your comments. Also am looking forward to attending courses.