MH: Photography, like most of the world has been affected by a technological revolution. The move from analogue to digital cameras has changed photography significantly, do you prefer film photography or digital? What are the positives and negatives of both? Have you noticed a significant change and increase in competition and numbers of photography since the digital revolution?
DC: "The change to digital cameras came in 2002 in time for the World Cup that year in Japan. Until then the quality and performance of the digital cameras available was nowhere near what as a company we needed for archival value. In 2002 Canon came up with the first EOS 1D pro camera which changed the game as we knew it. We already had auto-focus lenses on the film cameras but suddenly we had the quality in the camera to support these lenses.
I have to say at the World Cup in Japan which was the last World Cup I covered through to the final I was blown away by the change. If one was being super critical the quality was still inferior to film, however the performance of the camera far outweighed that advantage. From that event I have used digital cameras exclusively for all my event photography, and since 2012 I have used digital cameras for all my course photography. Whilst I still have a great affinity with film, I can never see myself going back."
MH: Which cameras did you used to use primarily, and which were your favourite lenses in the analogue years?
DC: "My favourite cameras and lenses in the analogue era were the Canon FD and EF 400mm f2.8’s and the Canon FD and EF 600mm f4 lenses. "
MH: Which film did you prefer to use?
DC: "For action photography Fujichrome 100, and for landscape Fujichrome Velvia 50"