March 8, 2014
I have been doing DSLR photography since the early 70's. Now digital pocket cams for convenience and a DSLR for improved quality. What got me into it... I was 9 years old when I saved up enough money on my own to buy a Nomad 127mm film camera from Mongomery Wards for $25... am I dating myself enough?? :o) Nothing really fancy till military service when I got a Yashica TL Super. Wow! I was dealing with modern stuff with a built in light meter and viewing the shot through the lens.
Canon SL1 (EOS 100D). I like its full shooting capabilities in a size slightly larger than a Micro 4/3rds body. Favorite lens....depends on what I am shooting. For Macro- Canon 50 mm compact macro with a 12 mm extension tube. For street and landscape- it's a toss-up 18-55 and the Tokina 8 mm f2.8 fisheye. For astro-photography- 8 mm. For portrait - Canon 50 mm f1.8. For Near Macro (closeup) - 8 mm.... I like the detail in the subject while still giving depth of the surroundings yet keeping the F setting soft.
Macro and nature are my most enjoyed subjects but a good shot or a memory to keep can be found anywhere and any subject.
In general, photography for me is a never ending learning curve. There is always new things to learn. What works for one camera is not necessarily shared to the next due to optical clarity, focal speed, chip sensitivity, depth of field range. Each time I replace a camera OR change the lens, the learning curve starts anew. Shooting with other people enhances what I know and an opportunity learn new techniques from others. I have been with the Shutterbugs for less than a year now and the quality of my images has continued to improve. Technique is a major part of the battle but I think a person needs to learn to walk on a shoot not only seeing what their eyes see but to think about what your camera would see. It may mean to include more than what I was looking at or to remove the chaos or bland from the subject and focus specifically on a narrow view to the subject. With the right lens attached for the job, this is all possible.
Already member of other meetups that support my interests... found you by searching meetup for photography and yours seemd like friendly folks. :o)
Hi, amateur photographer status who loves combining the art of photography with other activities. Willing to share what I know and always open to learn from others.
Great group of people so far. It was fun to be with others who enjoy doing things with photography involved.