The Inspired Moment

The Inspired Moment

When reading photographers websites I always notice when they mention the first time they picked up a camera. I always find this interesting because the first time I picked up a camera I didn’t really care. Growing up the only camera’s we used were disposable ones, and like most things disposable you don’t really place value in them. In high school I had a moment of being fascinated with Polaroids and would blow through a package of film every so often. It was just an urge or an impulse, nothing more. It wasn’t until many years later that the moment that inspired me to become a photographer happened, and I still have the image I made. It’s a simple slightly blurry Polaroid I had made of my wife (then girlfriend) in the back of a car. Most likely in 2002. We were living in Seattle at the time and we carried with us a small Polaroid JoyCam. It was smaller than what most people think of when they think of Polaroid but that made it easy to take around. We have boxes of those little instantly developed images sitting around. We were just sitting there waiting for a friend to get back in the car and something about how the light was hitting her face caught my eye. I took a picture. There is nothing really special about the image, but this image is the first that I made that made me think, “maybe I should start learning to be a photographer.” Which is what I mean by Inspired Moment. The first time I can actively recall wanting to... Read More
Why I Gave Up on a 30-Year Relationship with my Camera

Why I Gave Up on a 30-Year Relationship with my Camera

During a conversation about cameras and gear, a wise photographer said to me: “it’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian.” (Meaning the camera has nothing to do with it. It’s the photographer that matters.) I believed him and stuck to that motto for years, slowly upgrading my gear only when necessary. The last new camera I bought was two years ago and I still shoot with a 10-year-old camera and even older lenses. Fast forward to a few days ago when I rented a Nikon D750 and found myself doing something I honestly never thought I would do. After being a lifetime Canon shooter, I am now a Nikon shooter. Hell has frozen over, pigs are flying, and the fat lady has indeed sung. However you want to say it, I’m amazed that I now have two Nikon D750’s sitting in my studio ready for action. I have been an avid Canon shooter for about 30 years. The very first photo I ever took was on my Dad’s Canon FTB. I’ve shot Canon cameras since then with unwavering loyalty. So why the change? It wasn’t easy to make this decision, but all it took was shooting one wedding with the new Nikon D750 and it was lights out for my long-standing relationship with Canon. I had heard the Nikon D750 was pretty much the perfect wedding camera. Words like “game changer” were being thrown around and most of my friends were backing it. For years I heard how superior Nikon’s auto-focus was to Canon’s, but I wasn’t a true believer, nor did I have the financial resources to make... Read More