This is my neighbor and first mentor Reggie. Back when I owned a Kodak bridge camera (A ZD8612) I used to love taking photos. One day Reggie saw me and pulled me to the side and said, “Lemme see that thing”. He looked at the controls and said to me, “You like taking photos?” I said yeah, it is cool. He put the camera on M and told me to try using that mode for a while. So like with all things, I am opt to learn new things, I left it there and started to listen to what he had to say. He then gave it back to me and I was on my way. A few days later, or maybe it was weeks, he called me over again and told me he had a book for me. It was Harold Davis book, the Digital Guide to Field Photography (http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Field-Guide/dp/076459785X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1395676042&sr=8-2&keywords=Harold+Davis+Field+Guide+to+Digital+Photography). It was the first book that caught my interest in a while and it taught the basics (from back in 2005) of the digital camera and composition and techniques. So I incorporated the things I read in that book to my picture taking when I realized it was going no where and I HAD to take the next leap, DSLR.
That December (2011) I sprung for a christmas present for myself and bought Canon EOS 1100d/t3. When Reggie saw this he was excited and a few weeks later allowed me to take his EF 100-300 on a daytrip with me out to the Hamptons. I was stung by the bug at this point. I can go on and on, but if anyone wants to know who started me off, this is the brother right here. I owe him a conversation EVERY TIME I see him. He and his wife were wedding photographers back in the day. It is great to give back and show the teacher how far you are going.
It ain’t easy.
LOL. HONY caught up to the Pitkin Pimp.