Monday, August 18, 2008

Belated Birthdays This Monday

Well, let me tell you - two things happened last week that were kind of interesting. The first was the fact that I celebrated one of those milestone birthdays - no numbers please - all I can say is that my bills for the Botox treatments, Rogain, and Viagra keep going up each month ;~) LaDawn tried to sneak a notice through on the blog, but I caught it about 30 minutes later. Thanks, by the way, to the few that saw it and sent birthday wishes. But my birthday was only secondary to the really BIG news!

The most important event was the fact that I realized I had completely missed DigitalProTalk's official first birthday on July 29, 2007. Yep, it's been over a year of pounding away at the keyboard "feeding the monster" as Scott Kelby says. He, by the way is the reason for this blog. Here is the rest of the story. Scott was emailing me concerning a few lighting questions for one of his upcoming books last year and after a while I just suggested he come up and help on a wedding to get a first hand peek of how I look at a subject and then light the subject to best emphasize their beauty or to create the mood I have in mind. He gladly obliged and two weeks later arrived on the day of the wedding - July 28, 2007. He actually blogged about his visit on his blog way back when - here is the link.

Anyway, after the wedding, we came back to my home and we visited about different topics till past 3:30 A.M. One of those items was my starting this blog. I still love his biggest piece of advice, "You know, if you start a blog, you've got to feed the "monster" every day." Well, that's exactly what I've done for these last 385 days, 5 days a week, and over 1250 posts later.

The result of the discipline has resulted in an activity that is both fun and relaxing, albeit, hectic on some days when the sky is falling around here. Nevertheless, I tried to keep the posts informative, diversified, wedding/portrait/Lightroom/Photoshop/business centric content but with still enough content diversity to pique the curiosity of anyone interested in photography - not just weddings. continues to evolve and expand. I am always looking for new suggestions to improve on what going on right now, so just let me know your thoughts. I love the Skribit box to the right and do get to those suggestions when I think the time is right and something more pressing isn't on the agenda. I'm stoked about the new podcasts and am fired up about the upcoming topics.

All in all, I think has developed into a rich resource for any photographer working at this profession whether just getting started or a seasoned pro. It's also about the photographers maybe with no desire to become professional but with a passion for photography who just want to improve the images captured to their final results. My thanks to my fellow bloggers, Scott Kelby, 1001 Noisy Cameras, ProPhotoLife, Imaging Insider, Jason D. Moore, and so many others who find this content worth sharing. Also, let me thank each one of you for taking the time to load me on your RSS readers and check my daily musings, article, tutorials, and the occasional rant.

Hey gang, that's it for me today. See you tomorrow for another great episode of Technique Tuesday. See you then, -David


  1. David,
    I do not have a desire to become a professional photographer but, I do have a passion for photography and I want to improve the images that I take and to that end you have been a real help. Thanks for the time and effort that it takes to put your blogs out. I have enjoyed each of the well over 1250 posts!

  2. Happy blogger & blog birthday! All the best and many more to come!

    This is a great resource and it is presented in a way that everyone reading it, whether they are top pros or absolute beginners can benefit from it!

  3. Congratulations on making it to a couple of huge milestones! David, everything you undertake is done with great professionalism and attention to detail, while managing to keep the information accessible to everyone. Here's to another "x" number of birthdays and many more blog posts!

    Hey, do you know where I can get a good deal on some Rogaine...?

  4. Well done David on a heck of an achievement. This is the most informative blog out there for wedding photographers, and I'm well and truly hooked!

    I'm only a beginner at weddings (number 7 is next weekend) but I'm competant with a camera, know what is expected on the day, and (thanks to your artices) know where I want to get to in order to truly call myself "professional".

    Thanks so much for all the great advice and Happy Birthday too.

  5. Happy Blog Birthday, David! And thanks for the mention! It's always a pleasure reading through your posts and seeing your excellent images!

    Though it's not strictly a "blog" birthday, my 6th anniversary of formally writing online is coming up later this month. Every year is a celebration, and thr first is always an extra special one.


  6. Happy B'Day, I have a feeling that my next B'day in 2 months will be the same number as yours!

  7. Congratulations for such an achievement. Your informative posts (both insightful and fun) are most welcome.
    Thanks for sharing our passion and knowledge with the rest of us. Regards!

  8. Thanks to all for the nice remarks.

  9. Happy birthday and congratulations for a great blog.
    If I have time to read only one photo blog, this is the one I choose.
    Please, keep us enlighted!