My Introduction

I've been doing photography since 1995, 11th grade, and it all started by accident. I decided to take a photography course for an easy elective grade in high school. Well, to make a long story short, I fell in love and I have been shooting ever since. I've done plenty of freelance work over the years: little league sports photography, editorial photography, and portrait photography.

I get asked, almost everyday, photography-related questions which is one of the reasons I've decided to created this blog. One of my goals is to teach photography beginners (noobs) how to improve their photographic skills. I want to go ahead and say first and foremost that if you are just getting into photography you have the "silver spoon" of learning since we are now in a digital world. It's so much easier to learn about some of the basic techniques I learned during the analog era.

Lesson number one is that IT'S NOT ABOUT THE EQUIPMENT that you have. Don't worry about that. As long as you know the limitations of your equipment and the know how to work around these limitations, you will be OK. I started my journey using the Pentax K1000 and a 50 f/2 lens:

It is a 100% manual 35mm film camera and I caught hell learning how to use it. I'm glad I started with it because I learned a lot from the mistakes I made using it because it didn't have the safety net of "automatic" settings. I didn't choose this camera, it sort of chose me. I couldn't afford a "nice" camera back then, and I was fortunate that one of my mom's ex bfs shot photography as a hobby and left his camera at the house and never returned to pick it up. Thank you sir: