My interest in photography came by accident.
I had always enjoyed taking pictures as a kid, usually with whatever cheap film camera we had. One day in 2004 I was viewing the portfolio of one of my favorite photographers, David Nightingale and thought to myself “I can do this.” So, without doing any research into the world of pro photography, I ordered the first cheap film camera I could find and bought a slew of ISO 800 film because the pros said that it allowed you to shoot handheld in lower light. Perfect.
So, for about a year I shot with this camera and 800 speed film, puzzled as to why my pictures always came back from the lab grainy and low contrast. I was about ready to give up and toss the notion of being a photographer away until I made one last ditch effort and purchased my first dSLR, an 8 Megapixel Canon Rebel XT. From then on I taught myself the technical details of photography without having to waste hundreds of dollars on film and processing. I’m still learning everyday and have since went through several cameras over the years, switching to Nikon from Canon back in 2015.
As for my personal life, I am happily married with three daughters and a small West Highland Terrier. I have a full time job while trying to juggle parenting, photography and dealing with my in-laws, who live with us. I’ve tried to convince them to move, but I think they’re going to be permanent fixtures in our crazy household.
MY CURRENT GEAR SETUP:
Nikon 16-35 f/4.0
Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 G2
Tamron 150-600 f/5.6-6.3
Tokina 100 f/2.8 Macro
Benro Tripod w/Sirui Ballhead
- Michael Leonard, photographer