About Me, Peter Finch
I spent the first decade of my working life in engineering. I completed a four-year apprenticeship at GEC Turbine Generators in Trafford Park and stayed with the company a further two years as an electrical and instrumentation draughtsman. I then moved to BNFL at Risley for a contract position as a control and instrumentation designer and was later promoted to assistant engineer before the contract finished in 1991.
In 1992 I founded a retail business called Finch Decorating Supplies (later shortened to Finchdecor), supplying both trade and DIY customers with paints, wallcoverings and sundries.
At first, I ran the business by myself, but as turnover grew, I employed various family members and was later joined by my wife, Gillian.
My responsibilities included business developments and training which involved implementing all IT, stock control, invoicing, credit control and accounting systems. I also enjoyed using vector graphics to design advertising leaflets, point-of-sale signage and writing the monthly trade news letter.
As fashions changed, we became a paint colour mixing specialist. As part of this, I developed a unique colour consultancy service and produced promotional and educational copy, both as printed hand-out pamphlets and in further detailed sections at the business website. My experienced understanding of the paint colour tinting systems enabled the production of bespoke colour matches to customers’ samples (not just to the closest indexed colour like the big stores) with incremental adjustment to reduce metamerism and colour constancy light source issues.
In the summer of 2006, during the decorating industry’s decline and preceding that of the housing market, Gill and I decided to close the business and liquidate our assets. The sale of the building was completed in January 2007.
At first, after closing the shop, I offered a plethora of IT and accounting support services in order to capitalise on the breadth of my experience. Later, I specialised in tutoring W3C standards-compliant website design – as well as photography, of course.
From 2012 onwards, I specialised in sharing my evolved knowledge of digital photography by tutoring clients in their homes, offices and other pre-arranged locations, as well as writing tutorials and articles for my website.
I thoroughly enjoyed teaching photography and helping clients to become more proficient photographers. I also enjoyed learning about new products and researching fellow photographers’ thoughts.
As of February 2019, I work as an electrical technician at UPS-Trader in Warrington. It’s a great job with lots of variety, and I love it!
Later in 2019, I closed my photography tuition business and its website, photoboffin.co.uk.
Photography Tutor Emeritus?
I then tried various formats to publish my photographs and thoughts as a photography tutor emeritus. None really suited my needs in the longer term, so now, PhotoBoffin.co.uk is back!
You can expect photo posts, photography articles and tutorials. I may even offer one-to-one tuition again – albeit on a limited basis. We’ll see.