Welcome to my first blog! I intend to use my blog to share my background and stories behind the photographs I have taken. Now let’s get started.
Some people wonder where or when I started into photography or how I got to where I am today with my photography. I would say that I got my start back in high school (note I graduated in 1999). We had a black & white darkroom in our home for as long as I could remember that my dad used to use to process his film and print his photographs. When I got into my teenage years, I started to gain an interest in photography. I can’t exactly remember when I bought my first camera, but I had it by the time I took photography in high school. It was a fully manual Minolta (can’t remember the exact model) SLR that you had to set everything (i.e. ISO, aperture, shutter speed and even focus). I bought it from an old camera shop on Pearl Road in Parma Heights, Ohio. I remember the day because my dad and I went out to just “look” at cameras, but we ended up buying one.
I used the Minolta for a few years until I worked on our high school year book and was introduced to a more modern SLR that was fully automatic, but still had all the manual controls of my Minolta. The next camera I purchased was an EOS Canon Rebel G SLR. This was my first ever purchase from B&H Camera in New York. This was bought based on advertisements in the back of a photography magazine I had a subscription to. I thought this camera was awesome because I no longer had to manually focus the lens.
I used my Rebel G for a number of years shooting many rolls of film (my dad and I would buy film in bulk and roll our own rolls). Photos created were of family events, vacations and the documenting the demolition and construction of the stadium where the Cleveland Browns play football.
While in college I lost some of my interest in photography due to course work and not having access to a darkroom to process my film and print my photographs. I graduated from Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering (yea I know the name changed recently, but I will always call it this name) in June 2004. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Michigan to start my first real full time job. I worked for about a year or so when I got the itch to start making photographs again. By this time digital had been out for a bit of time, but was still evolving. This is when I purchased my first digital camera (Canon Power Shot), be it a point and shoot it was still neat. I was quickly became amazed how you could take photographs and see the results instantly. Although this was my introduction into digital photography, I did not do much editing of my work.
I used the point and shoot for a few years, when I got the itch again to get a new SLR, but at this time it would be a digital single reflex (DSLR) camera. My first DSLR was a Canon EOS XSi. I remember the day I purchased it very well. I had looked a DSLRs for several months and one day while looking at them, I seen it on clearance for a really good price. My wife knew I had been looking at them for some time and agreed to let me purchase one.
With the purchase of my first DSLR camera, it started me truly into the digital world and the use of the “digital darkroom”. I choose to use the term digital darkroom since editing photographs on the computer is much the same as you would have back in the film days, but it is so much better because the software is so powerful and you can do so much more. I eventually took an entry level Photoshop class at the local community college. Since taking the class I have learned and continue to learn things with Photoshop. I am by no means an expert with the program but I continue to learn.
I had used the XSi for a few years and put it through its paces and learned the limitations of it. That is when I wanted to upgrade to a better camera. That is when I purchased my Canon 6D. I originally wanted to get a Canon 5D Mark II, but it was being discontinued and the 6D was coming out to compliment the Canon 5D Mark III.
Photography equipment continues to evolve and who knows where it will go as time marches on. I still enjoy photography and have so much more to learn in both with making the photographs and with post production editing to create the photographs I envisioned the day I pushed the shutter. By the way, if you are wondering, I never created any images with the camera in the photo on this this blog.
Thanks for taking time to read my first blog.