We all love to celebrate special occasions in our own lives. An anniversary of a life-changing event is worth noting. Digital photography has been life-changing for me. On August 30th, I will be celebrating 12 years as a serious digital photographer.
It began in August 2004. To be sure, I had used cheap, (relatively speaking) point and shoot cameras for a couple of years. Before that, I was the traditional Nikon toting, 35mm color slide transparency shooting photographer. My photography had been published in several magazines and had earned me some money toward school so I had some confidence.
It’s a Whole New World
Everything changed with the new millennium. Editors now wanted high quality digital files of images submitted on cds. It was easier for them to track and they didn’t have to be concerned about losing your original images any longer. Additionally the files were already prepared and could be easily formatted for printing.
The problem was I couldn’t afford quality digital camera equipment. Then in the summer of 2004 I had saved enough money to buy the first serious digital camera I could afford: the Nikon D70. It was actually an amazing digital SLR that I enjoyed using for several years. Here are some of the first images I took with quality digital cameras:
In the summer of 2006, the next important event occurred in my digital photography life. I came across a microstock website as I was taking a break at work and looking at photographs online. Here are some of the first digital images I ever submitted for microstock.
Submitting to several microstock websites has been a great way for me to earn a bit of money and enjoy focusing my photography again on specific things.
So now that it’s August 2016, I’ve been a digital photographer for 12 years and a microstock photographer for 10 years. Like I said, I enjoy noting significant events like these in my life.
If you would like to see my portfolio on a microstock site goto:
If you would like to see my fine-art portfolio and purchase any of my prints, goto: