When I was 16 years old my parents bought me a Kodak Instamatic camera. I tried capturing the beauty that I saw in the close-up details in my mother's flower garden with my new camera. I remember being so excited to get my pictures back from the photo lab only to be disappointed with the results. Every one was blurry.
I decided to major in photography at Ohio University, hoping to learn how to successfully capture on film what I found so visually interesting and beautiful. My education was based around all the traditional aspects of photography: composition, film developing, printing, reciprocity factors, exposure compensation, the zone system and many other factors that were part of creating good photographs. The goal was to “get it right” when clicking the shutter. If not, maybe a little adjusting in the processing or burning and dodging in the darkroom might save the image.
Today there are so many more options for me as a photographer. I can combine my traditional training with the limitless options available as a digital photographer. My printed images can be either true representations of the subjects I capture with my camera, or at times, I can take these images to new dimensions through digital manipulation. And the best part is there are so many resources for me to share my visual insights with so many more people.