10 Simple Truths About Becoming A Better Photographer


I got interested in photography in 1966. I was 12. I started trying to really apply myself as a photographer when I was 15. I got my first “real” camera, a Nikkormat FTn as a gift from Tom Russell, a press photographer who happened to be the father of my girlfriend at the time. I was super excited to get that camera. I was 17. On May 25, 1975, I sold my first photograph. I remember the date because it was at the Indy 500. I was lucky enough to be stationed in the short chute of the second turn where Tom Sneva had a spectacular crash that nearly took his life. I was stringing for Associated Press and they used the image I captured of the car sliding off the wall. I was 21 years old.

In short, I’ve been bumming around with a camera for around 50 years…

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