Photography Student of the Month: February 2018

Every month we choose one of our students who has shown real promise and we sit down with them to learn about how they got started with photography and how they’ve found the art so far.

The winner also gets a £50 voucher that can be redeemed against any of our courses.

This month we spoke with Edina Szabo about their photography journey.

‘I have always had passion for art. Everything started at my secondary school. I wasn’t the most talented student, however, my art teacher must have seen something in me. She sent me to different art and drawing competitions and exhibited some of my work at school. Around this same time, I received my first film camera from my parents. I don’t really remember which type, but I remember I could not put it down; I was so happy and excited. They only problem was that I had to wait so long for the film to be processed before I could see my photos. Later, I think when I was a student at high school, I got my first digital camera and took it with me everywhere.

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(c) Edina Szabo, taken on Photoion’s Portrait Photography Workshop

However, as time went on, things changed, and I left art behind me and picked up a totally different carrier. I graduated as a lawyer and started to work within this industry. Yet, I was still passionate about photography. I constantly took my camera with me everywhere, for business trips, friend and family trips, and to birthdays and family events. The feedback from others who saw my pictures was always positive. Deep inside I knew I could do better things and could achieve much more in my life, so in 2012 I left my company and my country and moved to UK, changing my life completely. I started to work as an au pair, looking after two amazing girls.. When I earned my first pocket money, I was over the moon because I could then afford a better camera. Straight away I purchased a very nice automatic Nikon. I knew it was not the same as a DSLR, however, I loved it very much. It took me a while to be able to use it properly, however I managed in the end and was so proud of myself. At that time had enough money to travel all around the world, and of course I took my little camera with me. However, photography was still just a hobby those days. Until I met my husband.

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(c) Edina Szabo, taken on Photoion’s Night Photography Workshop

I moved to London in 2014 and started to work in full time within a training industry. At that time, I did not have any hobbies and did not have time to take photos anymore. I worked weekdays at the company and weekends as a babysitter to be able to cover my bills. Because my husband always has seen something special in me, he surprised me with a Canon EOS 750 DSLR camera for Christmas in 2016. He wanted to encourage me to keep going and never give up. I remember I was shocked and cried :-). That was the most beautiful camera I have ever seen and the best present I had ever gotten. I was so excited, so I took it with me when we visited our parents in Hungary. But it did not work the way I wanted or imagined. I was disappointed that all of my pictures were out of focus, so I did not touch my camera for six months. Alex kept pushing me to pick it up again and start learning. So, I started to learn by myself online. I completed a few courses, so I was quite familiar with shutter speed, ISO, and aperture, and began to understand how my camera worked.