About John Golden

John loved photography for decades as an amateur and finally made the move to go professional. Since he had his first black and white photographs developed by a laboratory more than 40 years ago, he has tinkered with the art-form, and from time to time taken on paying assignments.

As a result of John’s theatrical and artistic background he enjoys using the creative side of his brain. Besides the arts, he also loves Information Technology, Astronomy and other sciences.

It is this fascination with the arts and sciences that has been the driving force behind his love for photography as it incorporates a bit of both worlds. Even though he enjoys working on his own at times, he mostly loves meeting with and talking to people.

As a youngster he could occasionally use an old medium format Baby Brownie box Bakelite camera of his mother’s. It used 127 film from which one could have contact prints made. That was a process where the film was laid directly onto photographic paper, exposed to light, developed, then cut into small photographs the size of the original negative image. Naturally, one could also have enlargements made but contact prints were cheaper and was very much in the vogue at the time.

Later John also used his mother’s Agfa Isolette I bellows camera which she eventually gave to him as a teenager. This medium format camera used 120 film and produced excellent quality photographs.

As a young adult John bought a Yashika FX-3 35mm SLR camera with an external flashgun, a 50mm macro lens and a 70-300mm zoom lenses, including a 2X converter. This camera served him well as he mainly did freelance wedding and product photography at that time.

His first DSLR was a Canon 350D 8mp camera with a Canon 35-70mm 3.5-4.5 zoom lens. He still has it and occasionally uses it as a backup camera, as he did during a recent excursion to the Madikwe National park in South Africa, on the border of Botswana.

Currently John Shoots with a Nikon D3200 with a Nikon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 zoom lens and a Nikon 55-200mm 3.5-5.6 zoom lens. With this camera’s RAW files that have a wide dynamic range and 24 megapixel sensor, John is able to print large photos as wall-art.

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Other Interests


  • John enjoys the sciences and was an amateur astronomer for about 10 years.
  • He was a working artist and drawing instructor. He did drawing, painting, drafting, weaving and ceramics for years.
  • He spent 18 years working in a number of different fields in the entertainment industry (theatre, film and television).
  • He has a fascination for Information Technology and owned two IT businesses over a 17 year period.