I’ve been taking pictures for many decades, beginning at the age of twenty. Along the way, I’ve photographed almost everything that can be photographed, and I would be conservative to say that I’ve shot more than a million pictures. While learning, I tried almost every photography style, beginning with weddings, other special events, and portraits. I almost never turned down an assignment and my reputation grew because I was a reliable professional. As my skills improved, I began shooting commercial jobs, celebrities, politicians, products, professional sporting events, auto races, boat races, and countless other subjects. I didn’t take on an assignment with ignorance; hoping that the shots would be acceptable. Even before my first job, I took a night class on photography, and I continued learning from books and professional photographers I met along the way. Ultimately, I became proficient with every type of still camera from large format view cameras to 8mm miniatures, in addition to every type of light meter and all lighting equipment. I eventually opened my own photo studio/photo lab and began teaching photography five evenings a week, plus lecturing at schools, universities, and civic clubs. My studio work evolved to include shooting for a community newspaper, the police department, and three cities. As photographic technology continued to evolve, I developed a passion for photojournalism, so I closed my studio and worked as a stringer; part-time newspaper photographer, civilian police photography, and commercial photographer. That’s what I’ve done now for several decades. I love the varied subjects involved in photojournalism. I might go from photographing cute children at an elementary school to police dealing with a combative suspect to a government council meeting all in one day. Almost every photo I shoot includes the human factor, meaning, there’s at least one person in the image. The best part of photography is that I’m still learning and getting better. (Only a fool thinks he knows everything about anything.) And photographers never retire. That’s the way the profession works. Cool!