Why do I blog?
How I started.
Its funny, but when I started my blog several years ago, (before this .net site) I just did it to post photos of my photography and to share their beauty. I knew a blog was something useful, but wasn't quite sure in what way.
Then I created this website and blog and decided to expand on what I had been doing. I read more and started to see the importance and power of a blog. Of course it improves your search ranking, if done well, but it also allows you to share your voice. When I think back at all the research I had done to master my craft I found that about 75% of it was done through reading blogs. At the time a blog and website were almost the same thing to me. But, of course, that's not true.
Photography is a huge industry and there is always something new to learn. And there are those times you hit a brick wall and have to step back and re-learn the basics. So even today I have several URLs of famous blogs bookmarked. And there are some blogs out there that are either extremely visual or just photo driven.
I find it great that you can get tips and read the thoughts of some of the brightest minds around. I was amazed when I commented on some world famous photographer's blogs and they responded!!
Even as a child I was extremely creative. I grew up all over the world and saw some beautiful places and people. Its funny that at the time I felt a little awkward telling classmates about my travels as I felt nobody cared, but I knew I had some great experiences to think back on. As I got older I found that I had some talent in drawing, painting, and even writing to an extent. I wish I had found my talent for photographer at a younger age, but growing up all I cared about was soccer and hanging out with the guys. But, if you know me, I have a lot to share. So I got this crazy idea that maybe I could share a little via my blog.. hmm.
So what changed?
I was content having a blog and sharing my photos, but I always felt that I could do more. Being a photographer you often run into young photographers looking to find their path as well. I started to teach lessons and to tutor other young photographers. It made me start thinking. Maybe I can write some reviews or tips, or suggestions for photographers. As I continued to do this I found how much I enjoyed sharing and talking about photography and not exactly "my photography".
Although my site is there to help me get new clients and to show off my best work, I also want to offer some information to those interested in photography. I want to talk about my experience using gear and offer any helpful information at the same time. Recently I added a interview section to my blog where I introduce young talented photography professionals from around the world to my readers. The one struggle I have found many very talented photographers have is trying to get exposure. There are just so many photographers out there and to be able to share their work and what they offer is something that I find very important. And I have the pleasure of meeting some great photographers along the way.
Something else that I started was a Places to visit segment. These are fun half day trips to places in New England and hopefully nationwide as well. For me its great practice with my gear, I learn more about my surroundings, and I get to share some great places to check out. I have some readers from all over the world and being able to share some local sites is fun. To be honest I wish more photographers did this so I could see some cool places near them. In fact I've found several photographers online because of their trips they did with their new cameras. Something about visiting a new place brings out all kinds of creativity. My current goal is to visit one interesting place a week for a year and see what I can come up with. So, stay tuned for more new places.
What's all this talk about Fuji?
You're right. I've been talking a lot about Fuji, from gear to my experiences with them to photos. I find all gear interesting and would talk for hours and hours about what one camera does or why this lens costs so much, but I understand that these things aren't interesting to casual viewers. This is a newer technology that is still growing and we are witnessing the growth of the future here. I believe in this system so much that I only own Fuji gear and have dedicated a separate blog to only Fuji related topics. So, if you aren't interested in gear stick with my main blog.
What's the point of my blog?
My blog is meant to be a source of information. I don't want it to be just a place to post photos of work I've completed, although many blogs do that quite well. I want it to be a place where you can return from time to time and perhaps find something new and interesting. Whether it be discovering a fantastic photographer you had never heard of, a place to visit that you may want to visit, or to check out some nice photos. And, you get to know a little bit more about the guy behind the camera.
I don't just take pretty photos, I love photography. If you do as well maybe this blog is for you. Spend some time clicking on the various categories or visiting the archives. Feel free to comment as much as you like and offer suggestions on what you'd like for me to write about.