My grandmother was the avid photographer in our family. My  love for photography was her inheritance to me. She owned a camera back in the 1950s, she took black and white pictures, in sizes that are no longer in use. We always had a camera at home. Since my father moved to the USA when I was pretty young, photography was how my grandparents documented my childhood for him.

My dad also likes photography. On his side of the family, he is the photographer with all the fancy equipment. At some point in his life, he was a wedding photographer during the weekends. In college, I was the one with a camera all the time. I captured many moments, that I am sure now, almost 10 years later some of my classmates would like to relive :).

Photography for me is an art, a photographer becomes a magician because (s)he freezes time forever in a picture. A special moment is forever captured, people are digitally immortalized…or at least until the hard drives crashes LOL!

After my college graduation, I decided to take some photography courses. My first class was photography I, we developed film in a dark room (circa 2008). Even tough film photography was already dying at the time, I tough it was important to learn all the steps required in analog photography. If anything, being in the dark room was the coolest thing ever. Aside from learning to develop film, I was taught how to manually use an SLR (Single Lens Reflex Camera). There are 4 factors that come into play when taking the perfect photograph: White balance, ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Understanding how these four factors interact with each other and how they positively or negative affect a picture are the basis for photography.  Once this is mastered, technique comes into place. The teacher also showed us different photography techniques. My next class was a portrait class, among other things, the teacher showed us lighting techniques in a controlled environment. Photoshop class was next.  My whole Saturday morning was spent in a classroom. It was fun to learn how easy an image can be digitally manipulated. I’ve also taken courses online and one day crash courses.

Two other things that I’ve also found to be very helpful:  1. Read books on photography of all kinds. I particularly love books on travel photography and secondly admiring work from other photographers helps me get my own creativity out.

Tulum, Mexico

I have lost count of how many cameras I have owned in my life time. The very first digital camera that I owned was a Nikon, my father chastised me for asking the sales associate if Nikon was a good brand…LOL!!  Back then I didn’t know much about cameras brands plus I’ve never heard of Nikon.

Right now, I am using all the photography skills to document our travels, special moments as well as day to day life.  About 90% of the pictures that I use in this blog were taken by me. Our house is decorated with photographs that I’ve taken. There’s a certain pride that comes along with telling people that you took that picture. In the future, I plan to document the childhood of our kid(s) through photography. Children grow up too fast, and the ability to capture those special moments is priceless.

Some people say that the phones are replacing cameras, I don’t believe this. As much as the technology has advanced for cellphone cameras, a picture taken with a cellphone has no comparison to an image created in a DSLR. The quality is not there, at least not just yet.

Macaw at the entrance of Copan Ruins

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