June 27, 2016
One single word can sum up what being a Photographer means to me.
That word is “Sharing”
In the 20+ years that I’ve been a Photographer I have noticed one common bond among those who enjoy Photography.
Photographers love to Share.
I can remember some of the earliest photographs I took. Back then there was only film, so in order to see your pictures you had to get the film processed and then the negatives could be used to make pictures. The Kmart near our house was the place you took your film for processing.
The first camera that I can remember shooting with was a Mamyia U point & shoot that my Mom gave me to use.
After taking a closer look at this camera I am really impressed with how well thought out the camera was. A great f/2.8 lens with an easy to use control ring that controlled the Aperture setting even if you didn’t know what an Aperture is.
I grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. One cold winter day I was walking down the street from my house and saw the sun setting on the highway behind my friend’s house. I took out my Mamyia U and snapped a picture of the sunset (wish I could find that picture!). That was the picture that sparked my interest in Photography.
I remember getting the pictures back from Kmart and showing my Mom the picture of the sunset. She said it was a nice picture and I should keep taking more pictures. I was so proud of my sunset picture that I “shared” it with anybody that would take a look at it.
That sunset picture was the reason I fell in love with photography.
I can share the beauty my eyes see with other people.
These days I seem to spend more time teaching others how to be better photographers than I do taking pictures (I am trying to find a happy balance between shooting and teaching these days).
I have been teaching photography for over 10 years now. I love to teach and it has been a new way for me to share my love of photography with others.
Phototipster.com allows me to reach a much larger audience than 6-10 people I teach in the classroom. I am excited that the Internet allows you to reach so many people.
I am honored to be able to help you become a better photographer. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the content on my site to get out there and take more photos and share them with the world.
One of the best gifts
I’ve ever received…
Photograph by David Neff
If you are wondering why there is a picture of a Canon 50D above, I would like to share a little story with you about this camera.
I have been teaching Photography classes for over 10 years now. One of my students, George Hoch, was so excited with all of the new skills he learned in my camera class that he promptly started to photograph the wildlife and beautiful scenery that can be found in the Florida Everglades.
Not long after, he would bring his images into the store for me to print. I could see that he was quickly becoming a great photographer and he was excited to share his photographs with the staff at the store.
Then in 2015 George gave me some very exciting news. He was publishing his first book of the photographs he had been taking in the Everglades. George kept telling me that the book was a result of what he learned in my class. I was humbled, but had to keep reminding George that he was the one who took each and every one of the photos in his book.
“A Day In The Glades” is currently in its second printing and I could not be happier for George. You can check out his photography on his website Wild In Nature.
Back to the Canon 50D. In May 2015 George stopped by the store to check on the progress of his 2nd book that we are helping him design. He stopped in to say hi to me like he always does. This time he handed me a box.
He told me that he was so grateful for all that he learned in my classes that he wanted to share his good fortune and he gave me his Canon 50D since he had recently upgraded to a Canon 7D. This was one of those times in my life that I was literally speechless and could only blurt out the words “Thank You”.
Photography is all about sharing. I am very fortunate to be able to share my photographs and knowledge of photography with the world.
I am even more fortunate to have been on the receiving end of somebody that wanted to share their love of photography with me.
Thank You once again George. I hope we can continue to share our mutual love of Photography for many years to come.
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