What it means to be a photographer…

Being a photographer, student, father, husband, youth group leader, employee, and son defiantly comes with its struggle for balance. I am learning,the hard way I might add, how short life can really be. My job as a photographer is to capture roughly 1/200th of a second of life. All the photographs you take in your life won’t add up to a minute of existence and yet we [photographers] spend their whole lives cataloging these moments. So why do we do it? Often photographers will say it is their passion, but for me it is much more than that. It is a combination of artistic instinct, having had a camera in my hand from age 6 on, and the simple love for photographs. I must admit that I am a bit of tech-geek, and love all of the equipment that goes a long with it. I use to spend hours after school in the photo lab in high school, developing my final projects for Film. Later, I learned how to use Photoshop 7 and it became second nature to me. I found it amazing how you could manipulate reality and create a photograph that looks like how envisioned it. The world I see through the lens of my camera is always changing. I am always looking for ways to improve my art and convey a certain message in my photographs.

But possible the biggest thing that has really sculpted me as a photographer was my 35mm Pentax Program Plus. I feel in love with aperture, depth of field, ISO, and shutter speed. It has taken a while to reach the amount of Digital SLR equipment I need to feel comfortable shooting professionally. I currently have lens that span from 16-200mm. I so excited to begin shooting with what I like to call my ‘story-telling lens’ the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens. Also, I recently got a new speedlight 580ExII and battery grip for my Canon 5d Mark II. This however, will add a great deal of weight to my camera load, so I have been working to insure I can withstand the 12 hour days! I am starting to get cabin fever and look forward shoot tomorrow.
I hope to have more of these posts as well in the new year. More of me just talking about what I do, why I do it, and what i use.



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