So, I was thinking that I don’t say a whole lot about photography and yet it is probably my biggest hobby. I’m not sure why I don’t talk about it more. Maybe it is because there really isn’t that much interesting to say. Well, I am going to partially solve this in this post.
I have liked photography since I was 11 years old, when I made my first pinhole camera and developed my own pictures. When I was 12, I got my first camera – a Sedic Sport 110 format camera. I was so excited. I started taking pictures of everything – my bike, my BB gun, the car tire, my Boy Scout patches. It didn’t take me long to realize that photography can be an expensive hobby for a kid with paying for film and to develop all of my photos. I continued snapping pictures here and there, with the majority of my pictures being taken on vacations.
Like everyone else, I was always trying to capture the perfect, beautiful vacation shot. It didn’t take long before my dad asked me why I was wasting money trying to snap the perfect scenic when I could buy a better postcard of it. He encouraged me to take photos with people in them. This he said is where the real value was. Over the years of junior high and high school, I continued to snap pictures at a rate of two or three rolls of file a year.
For my graduation present, my dad bought me a Canon A1 camera. It was an amazing camera 35mm SLR camera. I had a lot of fun with that camera, but about three years after I got it, it was stolen.
I replaced my SLR with a 35mm point and shoot camera with auto focus. Pretty basic but did the job. This camera took care of my pretty basic pornography needs until about 10 years ago when digital came into my life. At that time, I bought a one megapixel digital camera.
I thought I was in heaven. I had a digital camera that I could take as many pictures with as I wanted and never need to pay any film processing. Unfortunately, memory cards were expensive and I spent more on the cards I needed than the camera. After that, I got a Canon point and shoot digital camera and took a ton more pictures. About five years ago, I got my first digital SLR – the Canon Rebel XT DSLR with 8 megapixels. I upgraded this camera about a year later to a Canon 30D 8 megapixel DSLR. Another year after that, I picked up a Canon 5D 12.8 megapixel DSLR camera and these two cameras are what I currently own with lots of lenses, memory cards, and other accessories to go with them.
Well, I use my 5D for landscapes and any other shots I hope to sell as stock photos. I’ll talk more about my stock photography work in another post. I use my 30D to take pictures at ballroom dancing competitions, which I sell to the competitors. This kind of shooting really wears out the shutter quickly. For a one day event, I will take 2000 – 3000 pictures, so for the most recent event I attended, which was three full days, I took over 10000 pictures. I think overall, I have taken over 100,000 ballroom pictures and pretty much worn out my camera shutter, which is rated at 100,000 accusations. Has it been worth it? I think so.
I would not photograph ballroom except that all of my children are involved, so while I am there, I take pictures. The money I make has paid for my camera, but I don’t make much considering all of the hours I photograph and sort through all of the pictures and the money I pay to host the pictures. I think of this more like a public service. The other benefit I gain is that I am getting a lot better at taking action shots and it has helped me with my photography skills. So, has it been worth it? I think so.