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How You Got Here

The path to digital photography has almost as many roads as those leading to Rome. Many of you probably first discovered the joys of film-based photography. Perhaps you yearned to transcend the ordinary vacation photograph and bring back pictures that would provide memories that would last a lifetime. Or, you might have discovered photography as an artistic outlet, either because you lacked skills with a brush or chisel or simply saw images in your head that could only be made tangible through creative picture taking.

In my case, photography first became a full-time occupation when I applied for a job as a reporter for our local newspaper and found that they needed my budding skills as a photographer more than they needed additional writers. The fit proved to be a good one, and after turning in a few well-crafted three- and four-page cutlines for some of my solo photography assignments, I earned my first hyphen, as a reporter-photographer. I spent almost 10 years as a photojournalist before I sat down in front of my first personal computer, so it’s safe to say that conventional photography was ingrained in my system long before the first digital cameras impinged on my consciousness.


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