I’ve taken pictures all my life: as a child with a box camera, as a college student with a view camera and a Polaroid back, as a professional progressing through a series of film SLRs, and in the last decade with digital cameras.
For most of this time, my photography was technical in nature. I took photographs as part of my consulting work in visual communication and e-learning. I was never too serious about quality or artistry.
At one point, I gave up photography when I found my new Nikon F4 with a data back so complex that photography was no fun anymore—even though I have a technical background. There were so many controls that just one out of place ruined the picture—and I wouldn’t know that till days or weeks later.
When digital cameras premiered, I became interested in photography again. I progressed through a series of enticing, but not fully satisfying, digital cameras. Then I got a Nikon D100 and it all changed. This DSLR offered control, feedback, and the use of even my 30-year-old lenses.
Once again, I got serious about photography and even took a year-long sabbatical from my day job as an e-learning consultant. I toured the American southwest, taking photographs. I set myself some specific goals for improving my photography. I determined to get money from assignments, to win an award at the professional level, and to feel that the limitation of my photography was my talent and not my knowledge of photography. I fell in love with learning photography. I want to share what I have learned with those also striving to do better.
I am also the president and CEO of William Horton Consulting, Inc. We specialize in the design and development of e-learning for corporate and educational organizations. Learn more about my other business.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology