How it started for me....https://i.pinimg.com …--mm-film-film-camera.jpg
About 20 years ago my sister went on a holiday and gave her instant camera to me because she would not use it during the trip.
I went to the shop and bought a canister. Probably Kodak 400ASA 24 exposures.
Something like this:
Went into the garden and sat quitely before a plant full of butterflies.
Took some great pictures, went to the photographers shop and gave the roll to develop.
The next week I looked at them and saw a sharp line of trees with a black fuzzy blob in the front.
Realised that the black fuzzy blob were in fact the butterflies.
The photographer behind the counter saw my disbelieve and replied: You are ready for a DSLR.
Me: A what ?
He: A camera that doesn't do anything automatically. You have to do everything manually.
Look through this square and make sure that the needle on the right side is at zero in the middle.
Turn this wheel to set the shutter speed and turn this ring to adjust the aperture.
Me: Aperture ?
He: Never mind, just make sure the needle is at zero and then press that metal pin.
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Off I went, and what a trip it was.(at this point the shutterbug got me without me knowing it)
The next situation appeared:
Go to the shop and give three canisters of 400ASA 36 exp. to develop, buy three new ones and look through the pictures from the three canisters from last week.
This repeated for a few months in a row.
I learned a lot this way. After a few weeks the photographer behind the counter started to give me advise.
Then disaster struck and the needle wouldn't move up anymore.
The photographer behind the counter told me that the meter was broke and fixing it would be as expensive as buying another 2nd hand camera. At that time I was a student and had nothing to spare.
The Canon AE-1 went to the attic.
A few years later the shutterbug woke up and I had some money to spend and went back to the shop.
At that time digital photography became affordable and I bought a Nikon Coolpix 995.
This brought me to the digital era.
Imagine that: taking a picture and being able to see it immediately. What a luxury.
After a few years I wanted more than the 995 could do, so i went to ebay (marktplaats.nl) and looked for a better digital camera.
I came across a cheap enough Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi) with an 18-55 lens.
Then the photography journey really took off.
The 15 year trip that followed went something like this:
Body: nikon 995 --> 400D --> 650D --> 1000D -->50D --> 7D --> 1D3 --> 1D4 and EOS M3.
Lens: 18-55 EFS --> 55-210 EFS USM --> 70-200 f/4 L USM --> 70-200 f/2.8 L USM and 50 f/1.8 and 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM and Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS HSM.
Took a sidestep with the Lytro Illum, but because there is no support whatsoever it mostly stays in the bag.
The last few years more and more people ask me to take pictures for them because "your pictures look so much better than my cellphone pictures".
I guess the journey isn't over yet........