Normally, I try to have an image per blog, with the exception of either a series of short stories, or poetry. That having been said, I will give a brief backstory on how I got into it while time permits.
Like most American families, we’ve owned cameras of almost every kind. Polaroids, Kodaks, SLR, P&S, film, digital, strobes, cartridge, flash cubes (even I’m old enough to remember it). Nowadays, we have phones, tablets, even our own automobiles that feature a camera of some sort. Gradually taking the place of modern-day cameras. IDK whether that’s good or bad, esp. if now you can use SLR lenses to attach to your smartphone/iPhone. And I will not hesitate to confess that I have been bitten by the smartphone bug (I’ll delve into that some other time). I currently own an HTC EVO, and I’ve been “cheatin'” on my DSLR with it. I’m guilty, I’m bloody guilty and make no qualms about it.
I’ve played with cameras since childhood. Too young to know what a SLR was, but I was fascinated with the shiny glass lens along with the heavy metal body, then the family invested in small pocket size cameras. Does anyone remember the Kodak Disc Film? Came and went, that’s for sure.
Fast forward to the late 1980s when I started high school. Had a cheap camera that snapped well, but got now pics. Early 1990s, played with my uncle’s Nikon EM, and at the time images turned out well, but decades later, it kinda lost its flavor, so I gotta get it looked at. Dabbled briefly with it during high school. Got a Polaroid 600 from one of my teachers as a graduation present (still got it), and used it for many years until the late 90s and switched over to a Kodak KB-10 35mm. Played with it until 2004 and the camera phones began to sweep the nation.
Then I decided to post my stuff on the internet, and in time I went from camera phones to my first digital camera, a Panasonic DMC-LS70, which really gave me a feel for photography, then I went from that to a Nikon Coolpix L18 (which I thought sucked), then a Canon PowerShot A590 IS. I still use it to this day to take pics of junk that I sell on eBay, and now I have my first DSLR, a Nikon D3000. Two years and still countin’! And for every camera I’ve owned over the years, I’ve gotten better (and still continue to do so), and I plan to get another DSLR before the year’s over.
But on a consistent basis, I’ve been doing photography for five years now, and it would’ve been 20 had I kept it up. Kinda wish I had now. And despite the intense competition of photography, I enjoy it, gotten paid for it, been published in a book, a newspaper, have various networks, and most recently, my own website. So the on and off dabbling with cameras between my childhood and high school years have paid off and it began in my early 30s and I’ve been consistent with it since then.
Here’s to the long road ahead.