Thanks for the links - I think they've been really helpful. I have a few interested friends, we've began a bit of "recon" activity around town. Found some potential sites too!
Your site is fantastic, the effort and perfectionism that you have put into it really shows. The layout is very fitting and has a subtle atmosphere about it. Well done - I hope to see you make more additions in the near future!
What sort of camera equipment do you use for urban exploring? I'd like to get a camera at some stage, for this and other purposes, do you have any recommendations? Or some sort of guide as to what to look for? I'm hopeless with cameras, so treat me like a beginner.
If someone else can answer about cameras in general, please do. I don't want to spend thousands of dollars or anything, though.
Sorry, yes I have only just caught up!
Camera equipment, well I'm upgrading soon and moving on to a digital SLR, but I'm still unsure which to go for. I'd love a Nikon, but there a bit pricey, I've also been checking out the new Olympus with live view...I'm afraid I'm not that helpful myself, as I'd still say I'm an amateur and still have trouble with some of the basics.
The digital camera I have at the moment is an Olympus c-750, which has great image quality, but shit autofocus and slow to take.
If you want a good starter digital camera have a good read of some of the camera forums online (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk
are a couple of good UK sites) read lots of reviews and decide what features you want most. Personally I like night photography, but my current camera only has 16 second exposure, I also want to take fast in daylight and have good autofocus. Overall the best makes are Nikon, Canon and Olympus. Most of the people I know have Canon DSLR's, but I'm not much for the feel of them.
The other main bit of kit is a tripod, for running around buildings, climbing, etc, get something that is quite compact when closed, I use these: http://www.jessops.com/Store/s1182/0/Tripods/Jessops/Tripod-315/details.aspx?&IsSearch=y&pageindex=1&CatId=342&comp=n
they're fairly cheap, which is good as I've dropped and lost 2 so far! When you get more serious you can upgrade, but I think these are fine for starters. Also a good torch to paint in the light when you are taking long exposures in tunnels, darker areas (you take the photo without flash with a long exposure, and move the torchlight constantly over the area you're photographing to light it up some more). Finally you can always improve photos in photoshop (or photoshop lightroom), and its not cheating, a few subtle adjustments can make a dramatic improvement!
Anyways I hope thats of some use, if you need to know anymore, just pm me and I'll see if I can help. Thanks for the comments on the site, the content will be slowly building in the next few months, with some extras like videos, etc too (theres a documentary a friend filmed too).