I have been shooting photos since I was a young child of 8 years old. In fact recently I came across an old box of photos, and found the first picture I ever shot. I know this because I looked on the back and had written “MFP” – my first picture. I remember that I had written that – at the item I have no idea why I would have done that unless I knew that I would want to use it as a comparison to what I would shoot later in life…. which I hope have been pretty decent shots. That first shot was terribly blurry.
Over the years I toyed around with photography, but didn’t really get serious about it until 1988 when I bought my first SLR – a Pentax K-1000. It was fully manual and came with a 50mm lens as part of the kit. I soon purchased an 80-200 mm Albinar zoom – cheap but at the time it was fine for my purposes. A few years later I progressed on to a Canon Rebel, also a film camera, and then had a few film based point and shoots in the 1990s. I kept my love for photography, but shot less and less. When digital arrived in the form of a Kodak DC-260 1.2MP camera I was ecstatic…finally no film, but what the hell do I do with the files? I followed this up with a Sony DSC-S85 which was a fine point and shoot for it’s time, plus it could shoot video. Not bad. Somewhere around that time I decided it was time to go D-SLR, and purchased a Canon 20D which was an awesome jump in feature set. I followed this up with my current body – a Canon 50D. Hopefully in the next year or so I will upgrade to a full frame model with HD video onboard.
So in summary – I shoot with Canon, edit with Lightroom, HDR with Photomatix and HDR Efex, and scatter in some Photoshop where I need it.
Life is good, and hopefully so are my images.