From 1998 to 2000 I studied photography at Holland College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. There was a strong focus on developing our photography and skills for the commercial marketplace. This was back in the time of film. Digital photography was still prohibitively expensive for most photographers - I can remember digital cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars! It's amazing to think about how much has changed since then. I processed all of my own black and white film by hand, and printed all of my own black and white and colour images in the darkroom. We worked with 35mm, medium and large format cameras. I enjoyed the program and felt I got a lot out of it, including some great contacts and experience.
The switch to digital imaging happened in the subsequent years after I graduated. I'll admit that I didn't get my first computer until 2004, and was so intimidated by what I perceived to be my lack of knowledge about it that I didn't even turn it on for the first two weeks! What really made me realize that it was time to switch to digital was getting my SLR film camera stolen in 2007. Soon after, I got my first digital SLR & began working with Photoshop. There was definitely a learning curve, but it was worth it. My first digital "assignment" was photographing Emily and Ryan's wedding, which you'll see in the next post.
Until then, here are some of my favourite shots from my college days!