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Mark Deibert

Getting my start around age five when I was given a Polaroid camera as a birthday present, I ran through the film and flash cube quickly and then cried for more film and flash cubes. Growing up, I didn't have the money to invest in proper camera gear, so it's no wonder I didn't quite catch on to photography, being that my only source for gear was a Kodak S-10; then eventually one of those disc cameras. I remember thinking I was something else just buying a 35mm film camera that took the rolls; I was finally getting up in the world. That 35mm camera, by the way; a $30 point-and-shoot from K-mart. Obviously from my gear, I was only going to get limited results, resulting in limited inspiration, resulting in limited aspiration. Even being my first digital camera, I dreamed of finally taking great photographs, only to be disappointed by the results. So, photography, even though it was something I romanticized about, was never something I dreamed about. But that all changed several years ago, as a teacher taking students on a field trip. I had my point-and-shoot handy as always, but this time, something clicked. Yes, pun, cliche, whatever; suddenly the lighting, angles, and depth-of-field made sense to me. And the results were so encouraging that I began a months long search for what would become my first DSLR camera: a Canon Rebel 450d xsi. Again, I thought I made the big times. All my dreams throughout the years came flooding back, only to be slightly dampened by the reality that I had to practically start over and learn how to use a camera again, that a DSLR was certainly a camera of a different beast, especially if wanted to do more with it than just point-and-shoot. Anyway, my passion for photography was finally realized.

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