Things I Wish I Had Known in 2007

Light bulb idea

Let me explain the “2007:” this was when I bought my first digital camera, a Canon 30D, and became, as we now describe it, “an enthusiast” photographer. I spent a lot of time and effort teaching myself and, in the process, produced predominately mediocre images. I have recently been looking back at these early digital … Read more

The Photographer’s Best Friend

Ed_Batsel-The Photographer’s Best Friend

Let me cut to the chase…the photographer’s best friend is another photographer! What I have in mind is the forming of personal relationships with other photographers that you and I should work at whenever and wherever possible. “Become a member of and participate in the activities of a camera club” appears frequently in presentations by … Read more

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

This is the time of year when you and I are encouraged to identify things in our lives for which we are thankful. You know the drill. However, there are a host of things that have a life and an influence of which we are not normally aware. Behind the scenes, or behind closed doors, … Read more

A Very Good Year


It was 1998. That year, Apple introduced the ultra-thin MacBook Air. The world’s largest particle accelerator, a circle with a 17-mile circumference, came on line in Switzerland. The Lady Vols won yet another NCAA championship. Nine months into the year, Nashville got professional sports with the Titans moving here from Memphis and the Predators winning … Read more