About Me and My PhotographyI took my first pictures on a family vacation in 1973 using my father’s Kodak Retina 1a. Back then you used film. It was expensive. You only had a limited number of exposures. And you didn’t get to see the results of your work sometimes until weeks afterwards. You didn’t have a lot of options back then. The film you chose dictated the ASA you could use, so the best you could do was to adjust the aperture and shutter speed accordingly to get a correct exposure. Because of these constraints I learned to compose my pictures in the viewfinder and limit my shots to pictures I thought would turn out as good prints. Those limitations left me wanting more options and possibilities. So I built my first darkroom a couple of years later and learned to develop my own film and print my own pictures. Finally I could experiment with composition and subject matter and have control over the final print. I took lots of pictures and learned about exposure and lighting, and the limitations of a single lens camera. So I moved up to SLRs. And learned the intricacies of focal lengths, depth of field, and flash photography. I put a lot of miles on those cameras and and spent a lot of time in the darkroom. I filled up books of negative holders and boxes of prints. How things have changed since then. Digital photography came on to the scene and many of those old limitations came back with it. The one advantage of digital was instant review of your image and the ability to use that to hone your results in real time, although that hardly compensated for the lack of quality and creative range. I shot mostly quick and dirty product pictures for the Internet. Not very appealing or satisfying. Digital image capture has come long way since then. Today’s professional Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs) are fantastically complex and powerful tools offering nearly unlimited possibilities in exposure compensation. You can now move from landscapes to studio portraits to nigh time action with the push of a few buttons, so long as you know how those buttons will effect your photograph. That flexibility is a great benefit and a huge burden. Knowing that you can alter every aspect of your exposure to obtain the “perfect” picture can be stifling to the creative art. Along with Digital Photography came the advent of Post-Processing software, color management and “work flow”. Processing images became as complicated as taking them.Now I have more options than ever and my gear reflects just how far the world of photography has changed Through all this I still say: “The best photo I ever took? The next one.”Yes, you’re seeing this before it’s finished.