In college, I worked at our newspaper. While many of my peers were out shooting with their new digital cameras or developing film in the darkroom, I was researching stories, editing copy, and designing layouts. I never had an interest in the photography. Over the years, I collected some cheap point-and-shoot cameras, but place much value in photography. Yet, years later like many others I now had a fairly capable camera with me everywhere I went.
The iPhone 4 camera had a 5-megapixel sensor and a f/2.8 lens. Of course, I had no idea what much of this meant. But, for me, it had never been easier to take a photo.
I snapped thousands of photos with that iPhone. At some point, I stopped thinking of my phone as a phone and started thinking of my phone as a camera. If my iPhone broke tomorrow, and I couldn't make phone calls, I could make it a few weeks without visiting an Apple store. If the camera on my phone broke tonight, I'd have an appointment with a genius tomorrow morning.
About a year ago, I found an iPhone photography course instructed by Ben Long. It discussed all the incredible ways to get the most out of the iPhone's camera - from panoramic photos, to slow motion video, to apps and accessories to enhance your iPhone photography. It changed the way I thought about photography. Yet, the more I learned, the more I began to understand its limitations. Soon, I began researching DSLRs and three months ago purchased my first "prosumer" camera.
The more I shoot, the more I want to shoot. It's addicting.
So, this is where we meet. For those of you at a similar place, perhaps this is a journey we can walk together and share a few photographs along the way.