Welcome to my photography blog!
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With so many other photo blogs out there the first question you likely have is “What’s the purpose of this blog?” The short answer is: to help readers get the most out of the photography gear that they already own.
As photographers, far too often we can get wrapped up in GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and along the way lose sight of the joy of creating images. If you’re like me, you don’t have an unlimited budget to continually buy the newest camera body or lens.
So, while I may review gear from time to time I’ll often be focusing on what I own and use and I’ll do my best to make some practical observations on it. There are other photography sites that folks can visit if they want updates on the latest camera or lens that’s been introduced. If I do review some gear that I don’t personally own it will be from a hands-on, practical standpoint. No charts and graphs generated through lab tests. And, I won’t be reviewing any equipment that is stratospherically priced and out-of-reach for the average photographer.
My articles here will cover an eclectic mix of topics – from simply showcasing some images taken at a specific locale or of a particular subject matter, to providing some thoughts on post processing.
In the past I shot primarily with Nikon gear but do not consider myself a ‘fan boy’ of any particular brand. I own what I own because at the time of purchase it was the best solution for my clients’ needs, and was also the best fit for me on a personal basis.
Over the years I have used a number of different cameras: small sensor bridge, AP-S cropped sensor DSLR, as well as full frame sensor DSLR. In the summer of 2015 I sold all of my full frame gear as I found it no longer was the best format to meet my needs. I now shoot with the Nikon 1 mirror-less system, both for client work and for my personal needs. In July 2018 Nikon discontinued the Nikon 1 product line. In keeping with the stated objective of this photography blog, I intend on using my existing Nikon 1 kit for many years to come. I purchased an Olympus TG-5 in late 2018 specifically for some of its unique capabilities in terms of being shock-proof, and its microscopic mode.
I’ve been fiercely independent my entire life and my photography has always been much more experimental and experiential. At times you may find me somewhat unorthodox. I don’t take a ‘textbook’ approach to things. I love to experiment and push things to see how much I can get out my current gear. If that’s also what you love to do, then hopefully you’ll become a regular reader here.
My goal is to have a fun, informative, and respectful blog to help readers get the most out of the gear they already own and I hope you’ll choose to join me on this journey.
In order to keep this web site advertising free, I do accept donations through PayPal for those readers who would like to support my work.
Web site: https://tomstirrphotography.com
Email: tom at tomstirr dot com