I'm a photography enthusiast from Toronto. This is only a hobby and I don't do this professionally (maybe one day) but in recent years I became a little more serious about it.
I started in photography when I was about 14. I would pick up my dads Canon AE-1 and was fascinated with the manual controls, trying to figure out what each setting would do. Because it was film and my allowance wasn't very much I never really got to figure them out but I still craved answers. Once I entered into High School, I jumped on a photography class available which quickly became my favourite. I finally had a place to learn how these dials worked. I was also introduced to a dark room to get lost in. I spent hours there each day dodging and burning (not really well). Being a bit (understatement) of a wild child, that dark room introduced me to a solitude that I needed.
Since High School, I've taken a few Photo Courses in College and continued to purchase different cameras over the years but it wasn't until around 2009 that I got serious about my hobby. I finally purchased a proper DSLR and found myself in the same curious state that I was when I first picked up a camera but thanks to the digital age I was now able to experiment and shoot THOUSANDS of pictures as cost of development was no longer an issue. The processing on the computer also allowed me to dodge and burn like I did in the dark room but now I was familiar with the software (Thanks to my profession, I’m a Graphic Designer).
Today, I shoot when I can, of whatever happens to be in front of me and love every minute of it (still 14 at heart)! I'm constantly researching new techniques, both in camera and within the different software tools available. I feel that after ALL these years, I'm finally starting to see the results that I've always craved.
Thanks for reading!