This was meant to be posted on April 12th, but I wasn’t able to do it. I have now had my Canon XSi for a whole year. Thanks to this utility, I was able to get a picture count of 11,663 pictures. Considering I took 1,327 total with my previous two point and shoot cameras from June 9, 2007 to April 11, 2008, the 11,663 pictures is a HUGE jump. I have learned about people like Scott Kelby, Ansel Adams, Joe McNally, and three of my great inspirations, Bryan Peterson, Art Wolfe, and William Neil.

A year ago, I made my first blog post about my new camera. Now, I have sold a print, done wedding portraits, family portraits, and even covered several events for my day job, as a photographer. On top of that, I have gone in with my girlfriend to create our own studio for portraits and fine art sales. This has gone from a new hobby, to the beginnings of a source of income. It has gone from a new hobby, to a passion. It has gone from a new hobby I do, to a hobby I am.

It has been an exciting excursion. I have increased my skills in photography greatly. I have learned about Geotagging, High Dynamic Range, Macro, and infrared photography. I will admit, IR photography is still very new to me. I have a cheap IR filter, and earlier this year, picked up two more, higher quality IR filters, that block different wavelengths of the visual spectrum. Idaho Camera, and their seminars have taught me a lot about Photoshop Elements, my camera, and different aspects of photography.

I have discovered that I can take good pictures, in decent conditions, but I still have a long way to go. I understand the rule of thirds and have a feeling when to break the rule… but it doesn’t always work. I am fortunate to have come so far, in such a short period of time, but it really opens my eyes as to how much further I still have to grow as a photographer. I have loved to be able to share my passion with my girlfriend. It is funny to see our different styles. I will spend ten minutes setting up my tripod, stabilizing my camera, putting on filters, and then taking the pictures. Tanya will walk down the trail, and snap shots as she goes, taking 30 seconds to get the same shot it takes me 10 minutes to take. She also introduced me to the magic of the “Nifty fifty” 50mm, FAST lens. This thing makes MAGIC.

So, it has been a year. I bought this camera a year ago. I have learned a lot, smiled a lot, and met a lot of great people. Even gone on a photowalk with some of them.

After all of this, I really can’t wait to see what this next year brings!