I still gravitate towards animals when I have a camera in hand, whether the critters are my own menagerie of pets, wildlife, or the animals of others that I have been commissioned to photograph.
The funny thing is I always considered myself a writer, not a photographer. Photography was just a fun hobby. The professional photographer part came quite by accident. The editors of newspapers, and later magazines, began asking for photographs to illustrate the stories I wrote and submitted to them.
Although I had read countless books on writing, taken writing classes, gone to workshops, traveled to conferences and joined numerous writing groups, I had never studied photography. It seemed I had a natural eye, but I had no technical training.
I’ve since read many books on photography, taken a class, a workshop and joined a camera club. I still have much to learn.
Slowly, as I could afford it, I worked my way up the camera food chain until the camera I have now, a Canon 5D Mark II, is smarter than I am. I’m still pouring over the owner’s manual and figuring out what all I can accomplish with this camera. Most of the time, I take better photos with my trusty old Canon Rebel – it’s become familiar and comfortable over the years of journalism assignments, like an extension of my arm.
There are two morals to this story. First, even if you sell your flute when you’re 14 to buy a word processor because you’re going to be a writer, you may wind up becoming something more. And second, if you like to take photos, take them. Take many. Take them constantly. Try different angles, different settings and different light situations. Don’t let an inexpensive camera stop you. I didn’t.
For more examples of Danita’s photography, check out her website Cahill Photojournalism: http://cahillphotojournalism.com/
And her miracles blog: http://miracahills.wordpress.com/
Danita Cahill is a full-time, multi-published, award-winning freelance writer and photojournalist. She lives in the Pacific NW on a small Oregon farm with her husband, two sons and their animals – a horse, several cats and guinea pigs, a herd of alpacas, and two dogs. Besides running children to and fro and caring for her gardens, critters and family, Danita stays busy working on newspaper and magazine assignments and her next book.
Danita’s first novel, Mist, a supernatural thriller, is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mist-ebook/dp/B009PR439S/
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