Michael Hadfield was born in the UK and has been taking pictures since he was 11. Starting off with a German box camera that had one control - the shutter button. Graduating to 35mm when he was 14, an SLR when he was 21, and a medium format Mamiya 6x7 in his 30's - using both Velvia (ISO 50) and Kodachrome 64 (ISO 64) transparency film. There was only really one thing to worry about with transparency film and that was getting the exposure right first time, because, if it was out, then all you could do was throw the slide in the bin, and that was the same as throwing money in the bin.
Michael's first publication was in a photographic magazine called Focus, then in Practical Photography, and gardening magazines followed after that. Michael wrote articles and supplied images for Organic Gardening Magazine for several years. He also worked as a freelance for the postcard publisher J. Arthur Dixon.
Then Digital imaging arrived on the scene and for Michael that meant starting all over again - largely because digital imaging was expensive. The first camera was a Sony compact, followed by a Minolta Dimage A1. This failed due to a manufacturing fault and so Michael had no choice but to buy his first digital SLR a Canon EOS 400D which is still in use as a backup camera, or a lightweight body to carry when out walking. After that came the Canon EOS 40D - which was the first dSLR that Michael felt out-performed his old Canon T90.
Then Michael moved into Commercial photography working with local companies photographing conferences, workshops, and products, as well as staff portraits.
Of course you can't be serious about digital photography unless you are also serious about post-processing. That was when Michael's love-affair with Adobe's Photoshop began - as well as the long learning curve as he discovered how to make use of its many, many features.