Magic-Making never gets old
I took my first picture when I was 10 years old, in sunny central California. With a bright blue rectangle camera, on ancient 110 film, I took some lovely, slightly out-of-focus images and was hooked.
Since then, time has marched ever onward and I have moved from one film camera to another (a few point-and-shoots, a fully metal Pentax SLR with 4 or 5 changeable lenses, a plastic lightweight Canon Rebel). I worked in the darkroom at my local art college the last semester it was in operation--with the red light and enlargers and the completely sealed closets where we'd cram ourselves into and feel around in the dark to load our spiraled film into developing canisters.
I remember, at 21, when I purchased my first digital camera, a DSLR Canon 40D with two lenses. A lot has changed since even then. I'm pretty sure my current iPhone could outshoot the old 40D. But, back then, it was just more magic.
Now, with a Canon 5D Mark ii and an assortment of lenses, tripods, gear bags, attachable flash units, and other equipment, the magic is still simply the moment. If you miss the moment--even with fancy gear--you've missed it. There is no going back, there is no fixing it in photoshop.
"I remember when I purchased my first digital camera, a DSLR Canon 40D with two lenses. A lot has changed since even then. I'm pretty sure my current iPhone could outshoot the old 40D. But, back then, it was just more magic."
One of my favorite pieces of equipment these days is my iPhone. I can't justify shooting a portrait session with it, of course, but I can snap a quick picture on the side of the road during one of my road trips, or the sunset at the beach near my best friend, or the breathtaking floral blooms in my neighborhood, or the way the snow falls on the buildings in Minneapolis during a work conference. Magic.