My first job out of college was as the Sports Editor at the Niles Daily Star in Niles, Michigan.
That really meant I was a one-man sports department for a small daily local newspaper.
It was a great opportunity to get experience in many different areas, including writing, editing, layout, design and photography.
I had never done any real photography before taking that job and I was fortunate to have a great photographer working at the Daily Star when I got there. Elizabeth Conley taught me everything I know about professional photography and I fell in love with it. I mostly shot local sports events as well as some Notre Dame football and basketball games.
The first professional camera I used was a Nikon N90 - yep, a film camera. It wasn't until at least 2001 that the Daily Star invested in a couple Nikon D100s and leaped into the digital photography era.
Since leaving the Star in 2004 I haven't had the opportunity to do much photography, except on a few occasions here at NMC. Janelle Prenkert has been kind enough to lend me her camera so I could shoot different events.
Well, I recently proposed to some leaders here that we should invest in a good digital camera so we can do a better job of capturing the people and events at NMC. They agreed and have given me the green light to purchase a camera for church use.
The Canon Digital Rebel XT shown here is the one I'm leaning toward, but not for sure yet. Whatever camera I get, I am so excited to rediscover photography with it. There's a lot of opportunities to shoot events, gatherings and people here at NMC and I hope I can make the church's investment worth it!