Moses 2:16 "God, made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and the greater light was the sun, and the lesser light was the moon; and the stars also were made even according to my word."
To begin... my history in photography. My dad took an Olympus single lens reflex camera (SLR) on his mission. He had some skills in photography... a basic understanding. In high school, he bought me a short-lived Olympus SLR. Short-lived because it was when Olympus was phasing out of SLRs and focusing on point-and-shoots (PAS) and it died a sick death, with a cheap replacement sent to me after much travail. We took a private class together where we went to La Caille and Temple Square at Christmas-time. I learned the basics of exposure and using tripods during that class. I then purchased a Nikon SLR shortly after my mission. I shot with that for quite a few years, practicing what I had learned during high school, and mainly using Program Mode (P).
That camera got shelved for a while (about 2000) as I turned to a PAS Olympus digital camera.
Finally, a friend of mine taught me about his leap into the digital SLR world (DSLR) and I haven't gone back to my film Nikon since... in fact I just sold it recently.
Now I shoot with a Nikon D200 (started with a D50 and shortly demanded more from my camera) and mainly 2 lenses (with 2 others on the shelf)... a f2.8D Nikon 17-55mm and a f2.8 70-200mm Nikon lens. My other gear includes 2 SB600 speed lights (flashes), 2 white umbrellas and 1 silver umbrella, 2 light stands, 1 tripod with a Gitzo head, 1 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens and a 300mm f2.8 Nikon lens (1977)
My photos can be seen at my flickr account
Some topics I hope to cover (in no specific order):
choosing a camera
cropped sensors vs. full size sensors
AND hopefully much more
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