Welcome to my photography blog!
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With so many other photography blogs out there the first question you likely have is “What’s the objective of this blog?”
The main purpose is to help readers get the most out of the photography gear that they already own. The second purpose is to highlight what is possible to create when using small sensor cameras.
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. There will always be some new camera or lens introduced that will tempt us to empty our wallets, or max out our credit cards. Many photography blogs focus on providing their readers with ‘what’s new’ camera equipment information.
This is not a camera gear review site… and never will be. If you are looking for announcements on the latest cameras and lenses, and technical details/reviews on these products… this is not the best photography site for you to visit. There are a host of other websites that provide that information on a regular basis. And, quite frankly they do a much better job with that subject matter than I ever could.
I may review gear from time to time. When I do, I’ll be focusing on what I own and use and I’ll do my best to make some practical observations on it.
My articles here 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. I may also go on a bit of a philosophical tangent from time to time, using photographs to compliment these types of essays.
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 camera gear as I found it no longer was the best format to meet my needs.
I 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.
Currently I use Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera gear for all of my professional work. I also have an extensive selection of Nikon 1 equipment, as well as a rugged ‘point and shoot’ style camera. I use my gear for various types of photography.
The equipment that I own and use are all considered to be ‘small sensor’ cameras as they incorporate 1/2.3″, 1″ and Micro Four Thirds sensors. The focus of my photography blog shifted in July 2019 to feature and discuss work done with these types of small sensor cameras.
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. Perhaps you may find some inspiration in the images that are shared on this blog. Photography can be a wonderful and creative experience. 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.
We also have a selection of eBooks available which may be of interest to you.
Web site: https://smallsensorphotography.com
Email: tom at tomstirr dot com