If you're a regular visitor to Shutterfinger you've probably noticed that I post at a leisurely pace--once a week at best. This is not because I'm lazy or lack for ideas. It's because, like most of you reading this, I have a regular life to lead. For starters, I'm married and have three kids, ages 11, 8, and 6. The kids have numerous activities that I must either participate in or drive them to.
I'm also a self-employed instructional designer. I specialize in "e-learning," which is trade jargon for interactive training courses developed for corporate clients and distributed via the world-wide web. Jargon aside, I spend most of my work days sitting in front of my computer, typing outlines, treatments, scripts, storyboards, writing e-mails, and so on.
Because I work from a home office I am almost always at home. This may sound like the perfect setup for spontaneous photo excursions, but like most people, I can't afford to wander around whenever I please, taking pictures to my heart's content. There is work to do, bills to pay, obligations to meet. The result is that my excursions are a lot less frequent than I'd like. A surprising number of my best photos are captured more by good luck and accident rather than by intent, and then only because I make a habit of carrying a camera and lens with me even when running errands. I live by the motto "You never know..."
When I'm out shooting I usually carry a DSLR. It's not because I have any great love for them in general; it's because it's the quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to get photos on the web and share them here on Shutterfinger. Irony of all ironies, this requires me to spend even more time in front of my computer. This is not what I got into photography for. If anything, I want to spend less time in front of my computer. Keep this in mind whenever I start waxing nostalgic about the glory days of film and film cameras.
Finally, if you imagine that I have a closet full of pro-grade cameras and lenses, well... that's not quite the case. I do have the latest equipment on loan from time to time because of writing projects I do for camera companies and websites, but the only DSLR I actually own is a four year-old Canon EOS 30D. Yes, like many of you, I dream of the day I'll be able to afford an EOS 7D, or a Nikon D300S, or... well, you get the idea: I make do with what I've got, in what little time I have available, and I'm thankful for both.
If you haven't grasped my point by now it's simply this: If I can produce a decent body of work with limited time and resources, so can you. And I hope you will.