December 2012 Newsletter

Greetings

In this Newsletter:

– Greetings
– Stuff I Like This Month
– November GOAL Assignment: Symmetry
– December GOAL Assignment: Groups
– Tech Update: OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2
– Cameras: Nikon D600 Versus D800
– eBook Review: The Photographer’s Guide to Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.
– Product Review: Picosteady
– Workshop and Business Updates

Yucca at White Sands National Monument

Yucca at White Sands National Monument.

As I travel around the world, I am fortunate to have the unique opportunity to speak with people from all walks of life. A couple weeks ago I was traveling on a plane and had a conversation with a man in the seat next to me who was in the midst of rebuilding his marriage. The conversation began with him asking what I did for a living. After I told him about my photography career, he became very enthusiastic and asked all kinds of questions about photography. We talked about what kind of camera he should get, software, creating beautiful images, Bayer pattern color filter arrays … you know, nerdy camera stuff.

Soon enough though, we moved into deep conversation that immediately went to the soul of this man. He shared his heartbreak over his struggling marriage. We talked long about what it means to sacrifice one’s self for the good of a marriage and a family. We had an intense conversation, yet only shared that one brief moment of life together.

Last week, while I was in San Diego running photo workshops, a photographer-friend invited me over to his house for dinner. Like my airplane conversation earlier, our dinner conversation began with cameras (should he buy the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 lens?), then morphed into family and children. We shared stories of our lives while we enjoyed ate gumbo soup and warm chocolate chip cookies. We laughed and shared old times of photo trips into the wilds. All because of the bond we’ve developed around our passion for photography.

These stories and relationships are what I truly love about my job. I cherish the opportunity to meet amazing people and build friendships all around the world. Photography often opens the door into their lives, but it is the relationships and stories that endure. As we near the end of 2012, I encourage you to remember the situations where photography brought you joy and helped build relationships. As you look towards 2013, ask yourself how you will use photography to build relationships as you explore the world with your camera.

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