I’m not a “professional” photographer by any means, and to be honest, I’ve kind of neglected my “amateur” status, too. But I have always had an interest in it, as a hobby and as an art form I could appreciate. My dad always took a lot of photos, so I was pretty used to it from the time I was little.
When we lived in Canada, I had a couple of plain point-and-shoot film cameras; at one point I even had one of those fancy (for the time) Advantix film cameras. And then I decided to get a “proper” camera, and about 10 years ago, I bought myself an SLR – a Pentax MZ-60. The salesman at the store was kinda awesome, showed me all the features, helped me pick the best camera, and then I finally made a decision, he put a box of film in front of me and said “I want to make sure you know how to do this.” So I took the film, opened up the camera, and loaded up the film, and gave him a smile. “My dad made sure I knew how to do that before I was ten,” I told him. Which wasn’t like, my dad sitting me down and teaching me, but at some point, he showed me, and well enough that I could do it. I didn’t take a lot of pictures with the Pentax, I don’t know why. I still have it, sitting on the shelf in my room at my grandparents’ place, but I’m not really drawn to load it up and start shooting anymore.
I don’t remember what my first digital camera was, but the first one I do remember was a Canon S5 IS. Just a compact, but it was awesome. My dad had a G2 at the time, and I fell in love with the flippable screen and not having to shoot using the viewfinder (I wear glasses, having to clean them all the time got old really quickly), and learned a lot of Canon features from that one, so when the time came to get my own, I went with a Canon. Then my dad upgraded his DSLR, and for a brief – very brief *sobs* – shining moment, I had a Canon 30D. And then I dozed off in the Frankfurt airport without securing the camera properly, and when I woke up, I had five minutes to get to my departure gate and no camera bag. The S5 IS had already been promised as a hand-me-down to a cousin, in exchange for the big camera, so I couldn’t take it back. I picked up a cheap compact and made do for a while, and then a couple of years ago, I got a FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR, which is what I currently use.
I keep meaning to try and do a Project 365 again, since the first one I attempted fizzled out a third of the way through, but life keeps getting in the way. One day, I’ll definitely find the motivation to try again. Maybe this summer, after all the exams and school and stress is done. For now, you can check out my flickr photostream.