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West Yorkshire Cameras Staff Interviews: Howard Parker

West Yorkshire Cameras Staff Interviews: Howard Parker

'The shop has really shown me how to tell when people are genuinely interested in learning and creating something.'

Up next in our series of staff interviews, it's none other than Howard Parker, the owner of West Yorkshire Cameras. Howard tells us about his photography, why Ilford Delta 400 is unmatched and offers a step-by-step guide on how to best attach a spoiler to your Box Brownie.

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West Yorkshire Cameras Staff Interviews: Steve Boylin

West Yorkshire Cameras Staff Interviews: Steve Boylin

'The ‘click, click, click’ of shooting digital meant I couldn’t slow down and focus. When I discovered film, I enjoyed the process of stepping back and slowing down.'

Continuing our series of staff interviews is none other than our resident scouser, Steve. In this interview, Steve explains to us how he got into film photography, his developing process and how you can still take great photos on a battered old Rolleicord.

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West Yorkshire Cameras Staff Interviews: Adam French

West Yorkshire Cameras Staff Interviews: Adam French

'I’ve been constantly taking photos of everyone and everything for as long as I could afford a camera to build up a large record of life around me.'

Next up in our series of interviews is alternative format aficionado, Adam. In this interview, Adam tells us how he got into complicated chemical processes, building his own cameras and his fondness for odd point-and-shoots.

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West Yorkshire Cameras Staff Interviews: Daniel Walsh


Hey, I'm Dan, and I'm from Harrogate or ‘Arigut’. I’m enthusiastic about old technology, such as vinyl, cassettes, cameras and cars. I drive an MGF for my sins and prefer to spin records over streaming music.

 A fallen branch in the middle of a clearing in the forest.

Agifold Envoy Wide - Kodak Vericolour

How did you first get into photography?

I got into photography kind of by accident actually. I picked it at random for one of my A-level subjects and have been interested in it ever since, which led me to do a degree in Photography. My first camera was a digital point-and-shoot, some sort of terrible Canon Powershot. I then upgraded to a Canon 500D, with a 17-40mm L lens. 

When I started applying for degrees, I thought it would be beneficial to learn about the process of shooting film, so I borrowed my dad’s Canon AV-1 and got given a Canon EOS 30 body, which was great as I could use my digital lenses on it. Whilst those were my first proper film cameras, as a kid, I had a Praktica Sport SK320, a terrible plasticy focus-free, point-and-shoot camera.

 A fallen branch in the middle of the forest clearing.

Agifold Envoy Wide - Kodak Vericolour

What drew you to film specifically?

During my degree study, I got really burnt out from shooting so many digital photographs, and I wanted to slow the process down. When I spoke to my tutors about it, they agreed that my efforts went more towards analogue photography, so they encouraged me to develop my skills in shooting and developing film and printing from negatives in the darkroom. I enjoyed being in the darkroom and found that film suits my workflow and social habits more, as there is no pressure to then sit down and edit a load of digital files after a session of shooting.

A branch in the middle of a clearing in the forest.

Agifold Envoy Wide - Kodak Vericolour


I prefer not to pressure myself with a specific style of photography. I know a lot of people enjoy project-based photography, but for me, if I see something I like the look of, I usually just take the photo. I guess I see my photography as a relaxed process and I don’t rush to get things developed. I tend to always have a camera on me in case inspiration strikes. Sometimes I might carry a camera around and not take a single photo. As I always say, “It’s better to have and not need, than need and not have”.

A black-and-white tree on a hill in a forest.

Voigtlander Avus - Delta 400


Well, how long have you got? I’ve gotten to the point where I have far too many cameras for my own good. My favourites in my collection are my Black Paint Pentax Spotmatic SPII, Leica M2, Nikon F3HP and Hasselblad 500C. I also enjoy the weird cameras which usually don’t work properly such as my Corfield 66 and ICA Minimum Palmos.
If I really can’t decide what camera to use, I’ll usually grab my Konica ‘Genba Kantoku’ also known as the Konica Foreman point-and-shoot. 

A Konica Foreman point-and-shoot camera.

Konica 'Genba Kantoku' aka Konica Foreman. 

 A black camera with a large lens being held by someone.

Pentax Spotmatic SPII with a 35mm f/2 lens

What is your favourite film stock? 

In black-and-white, I would say Ilford Delta 400. I find it to have a smooth tonal range and minimal grain. I like to overexpose it to get a bit of a flatter image.
I shoot a lot of expired film, so a lot of the stocks I tend to use are no longer produced. I very recently shot a roll of Kodak Vericolor through an Envoy wide I borrowed from the shop and absolutely loved how the photos turned out. I also really enjoy Fujifilm Reala, it produces some really interesting colours.

 A black-and-white fallen branch in the middle of a forest clearing.

Voigtlander Avus - Delta 400


I like the surprise aspect of West Yorkshire Cameras -  you just never really know what’s going to come through the door. I find that, initially, everyone gets excited by the expensive stuff, but it’s the strange stuff that you don’t see every day which excites me. The people part of this job is also something I enjoy, it’s rewarding to inspire new people to try film photography. Due to the colour film shortage, it’s been exciting getting people to venture into the world of black-and-white photography. It’s also much more accessible and there’s a lot of fun to be had with it.

 A tall building with many storeys and the sky in the background.

Konica 'Genba Kantoku' (Foreman) - Fujifilm C200


I feel like every day is a school day here, staying on the topic of the ‘strange stuff’ that comes in. You start realising there are way more cameras out there than you initially thought. Obviously, photography has been around for a hell of a long time, but you don’t realise how long it has been around until you see some of the stuff that comes through the door.

A vintage car speeding down the highway.

Konica 'Genba Kantoku' (Foreman) - Fujifilm C200