My first digital camera experience was in high school yearbook class (2001-2002). I had access to a Sony Mavica camera (the one that recorded photos directly to a 3.5″ floppy disk) and it was pretty fun to use. We were in an awkward stage at the time where the yearbook department was starting to use digital cameras, but we were still also scanning photos or even using croppers with wax pencils. It’s like the department couldn’t figure out what to do, so they just allowed it to be a free-for-all.
Going to college at The Art Institute of Las Vegas was a great time for me creatively. Other parts of my life weren’t the best, but creatively, I was booming. As a college kid, I didn’t have access to the greatest equipment (unless I borrowed it from school), but what I did have, I used the hell out of it.
Case in point, my first digital camera was the Fujifilm FinePix A210. It was only 2 megapixels. It had no onboard memory (I had to buy a 128 MB proprietary XD chip). It came free with my dad’s Dell computer in 2003 and was the size of a small brick, but I had a lot of great memories using it. I took photos of textures for several 3D projects. I took pictures of my dogs. I took photos of whatever. I never knew when I would need a stock photo of something for a graphic or web design project (and sure enough I did on many occasions).
In 2010, I upgraded to a Sony point-and-shoot model. I wasn’t too artistically active during the years I primarily used it, just mainly for social gatherings.
In 2013 however, I finally took the plunge and got myself a DSLR camera, the Canon T3i. It was such a great learning experience and I’m still learning new things about this camera to this day. This HDR picture of the San Diego skyline is my favorite landscape picture.
My favorite living subject to photograph is my wife. She liked to dress in 1950s inspired outfits and I like to take pictures of nice looking things, so I guess those are two hobbies in search of each other.