I didn’t grow up with a love for photography. Taking pictures wasn’t a big deal to me. When I got to college though, I took a class in photography. It was a very basic class. We made our own pin hole cameras and went out on campus taking pictures. I liked the surprise of finding out what I captured.
When I graduated, I asked for a 35mm camera and my parents got me one with interchangeable lenses. I bought a book on how to use it and started taking pictures. I basically knew to keep the needle in the middle of the meter for a proper exposure. I never got any further with the camera because I became a vegetarian. Film is not vegetarian, so I stopped using it. My love for animals trumped using a camera. So, I put my interest aside.
When Sony came out with a camera that stored images on a 3.5” disk, I was excited. Remember computer disks? Well, I had to have a Sony Mavica. I couldn’t adjust the settings on it, but I got to take pictures again. My interest in photography was rekindled. At the time I was making crafts, but I loved setting up a still life and photographing it.
Eventually, I stopped making the crafts and felt lost. I floundered. I became depressed and lost interest in most things. By this time, digital cameras were mainstream. One day, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. I realized that I could really immerse myself in learning how to make photographs. I got my first DSLR and started watching YouTube videos for hours upon hours each day. I read articles and started practicing what I was learning. I went crazy with my camera!
I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating. My enthusiasm for photography bubbled over. I can’t control myself! When I learn something new, I just want to share it with the world!! I’ll tell anybody who is willing to listen about the technique or skill I’ve learned. This being the case, now I am working on teaching others how to use their cameras.
Photography got me out of my depression and has helped me build my confidence and self-esteem. I don’t know where my passion will lead me, but I’m excited now about the future.
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.