I grew up with photography. I still remember my first camera, a Kodak Brownie. It used 126 film. Just open
the back of the camera, pop in the cartridge, close the back and crank the film advance. Good to go…..
Ahhhh, fond memories.
My first digital camera was the Nikon D70. Yay, no more waiting endless hours for my film to be developed.
No more frustration with prints not looking like I envisioned or sloppy handling by the labs which resulted
in dust and scratches on my film.
Digital photography was in its infancy and the whole digital concept was a very scary place for most film
photographers, including me. But I jumped in anyhow, and I have never looked back, much less shot a roll of
film. Now, my film cameras are collecting dust.
I love instant feedback. I learn very quickly with instant feedback. One of the many things I love about
digital photography is the ability to see my result instantaneously. I think I probably learned more about
photography, and my camera, as a result of instant feedback. Instant feedback also gave me the courage to
experiment and try things I had not thought about trying in the past, because I could see the results and
make modifications as I experimented.
I have spent many an evening sitting in my lounge chair with camera in one hand, camera manual in the other,
and just going thru all the settings and seeing how they worked. That got kind of old though because I would
get yelled at for making too much noise (sounds of excitement when I discovered something cool) during the
middle of a movie or TV show, or when I would practice with my flash, using different settings and the
people in the same room with me would complain that I was blinding them.
Lastly, I love digital photography because I get to have complete artistic control. I could never say that
with film. I always felt my results were in someone else’s hands, especially since I only spent minimal time
working in a darkroom processing black and white film.
the photographer I always knew I’d be.