I started to get into photography in December, 2001. I had a manual film camera (Vivtar 35mm) that I loved using. When the only photography film developing place (that I trusted and loved so highly) closed down in 2004, I went digital permanently, even though I had already been using a digital camera for about a year at that point.
The Digital Cameras I Owned/Co-owned
1. Fujifilm Finepix (can’t recall the make), 2003-2007
2. Pentax K-100D, 2007-2013
3. Pentax K-X, 2010-2016
I have been paid to photograph people for over a decade (since 2005). My last paid photo session was in March, though I had been asked to do another one last month that I wasn’t able to do. This week I was asked to do another one, that I sadly had to decline. My camera is dead for good, which was my husband’s camera that I had been using. We won’t be able to have a replacement until next year, most likely.
If you are a photographer who prefers a real camera and are going around trying to use your phone to take all your photos, it just isn’t the same. I like it, but to not be able to focus in and out freely has been hard for me. I like using manual/digital SLR cameras!
I feel like I can’t say I am a photographer at all until I get another camera. The camera started to die hardcore in December when I was trying to take a photo of Micah blowing out his birthday cake candles. It was a beautiful shot. I had it all ready. . .and the shutter just wouldn’t take. I had to keep turning the camera on and off in between taking pictures that day. The same sort of thing happened at my last photoshoot but I thankfully was able to take a load of pictures!! Since then, it would choose days to work. The same thing happened to my last camera.
I am certainly one who likes to put things into good use until it dies. . .and so thus is what I have done.
It was a good run, and now I just have to be patient and wait until I can go wild taking photos with a REAL camera again. Until then, my phone will be out often to take pictures, though definitely not as effective as having a REAL one strapped on my shoulder. Goodbye camera.