I started doing digital photography in 2001 with a Canon D30, a three megapixel camera. The D30 was the first digital SLR that Canon produced, costing just over $2,200. Then I graduated to the Canon D60, a six megapixel camera, then the 10D, etc. I had been in the computer business for 30 years when digital SLRs came on the market so PhotoShop and other image processing software was no problem for me. I could not wait until I got a digital SLR. Proior to the Canon D30, I was using Canon 1V and Canon 1V-HS film cameras, shooting Fuji Velvia slide film. I owned a Nikon scanner and was already scanning my slides to digitize them and use PhotoShop 7 to process the scanned slides. The ability to go out and shoot for part of a day and come home and immediately look at the images was great. The cost of processing slide film was $8 - $10 per 36 shots.

The use of digital SLRs has some drawbacks --- I probably don't spend as much time composing my images, getting the exposure correct, etc. With digital cameras, I can take hundreds of shots and pick the few that I want to keep. This approach does not generally result in becoming a better photographer. And I end up spending more time on the computer processing digital images than I do taking the shots. Don't get into this habit.

My camera bag now contains a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon 1Ds Mark III, and a Canon 50D. I carry a Canon 17-40mm f4 lens, a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens, a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens, a Canon 180mm f3.5 macro lens, and a Canon 24mm f3.5 tilt/shift lens. At various times I have had a Canon 100-400m lens and a Canon 28-300mm lens. I use Lowepro camera bags and Gitzo tripods. I don't use any filters except a polarizer once in a great while.

My approach to digital photography is to take as many good shots as possible, always striving for the best composed images possible with a good exposure. I do not recommend that you use PhotoShop to add things to your images, such as a fire hydrant, to create something that you did not shoot. But I do suggest that you use PhotoShop in a creative way to produce fine art images. I use PhotoShop filters such as Fresco to add light and brightness in a manner that you can not get by using the brigthness or exposure functions (layers) in PhotoShop. When you do this, use only about 10 percent to 20 percent of what the Fresco or Posteredges filters provide. There are a lot of other PhotoShop filters, but I rarely use them.

The goal is to have fun with digital photography. Innovations in digital photography, such as live view, add a new dimension to many shots such as taking closeups of flowers and other subjects. Go out and try these new technologies on some of your old images and see what you get.






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