I really enjoy photography, and this is the place where you can find my favorite photos. I fell in love with photography in high school after taking a photography course. I used a manual camera, and developed my own film and made black and white prints in a dark room.
I got my first digital camera sometime in the early 2000’s, when I was in college. I took pictures all the time with that camera. It was a 4.0 MP Olympus point and shoot with 3x optical zoom, and the memory card format is now obsolete. That camera died in 2008, and I got by with a little Casio 8 MP point and shoot until I was able to finally get a good camera in 2010.
I bought the Olympus E-PL1, a micro four-thirds camera, which has a large image sensor like a DSLR, but it doesn’t use mirrors and the image sensor isn’t quite as big as a typical DSLR sensor. But it takes great photos, leagues above a typical point and shoot. I picked the E-PL1 because it was only $600, had image stabilisation in the body, a built-in flash, and could shoot 720p HD video. The main drawback is that it doesn’t have physical dials for the manual controls.
In 2011, I bought a Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for my E-PL1, and it has made a great camera leaps and bounds better. Much better low light performance, better autofocus performance, and excellent shallow depth of field shots have made it my favorite lens.