William BeemFounder / Suburbia Press
Based in Central Florida, William Beem is a photographer, blogger and podcaster. He enjoys travel and portrait photography.
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A Quick History
I started photography in high school back in 1979. To be honest, I really sucked at it. That didn’t deter me a bit. I wanted to be a photographer and was looking at schools like Brooks or Daytona Beach Community College. Both had excellent photography programs that I figured would take the suck out of me.
We’ll never know.
That’s because the personal computer revolution hit me around this time. I dove right into it with a TRS-80 at school and an Apple ][+ at home. It changed my entire career trajectory for life. Maybe that’s not a bad thing, because it’s damn hard to make a living as a photographer these days. I put my cameras aside and concentrated on technology.
It wasn’t until 2003 that I finally decided to pick up my old cameras again. There I was in Alaska with my Olympus OM-10, ready to take pictures of whales and stuff. That’s when I realized that I brought the lenses for my Minolta Maxxum camera body. So much for film.
I had a dinky little Nikon point and shoot camera. You know what happens when you try to take a photo of a whale with an early 2000-era point and shoot? You get photos of the water where it was 3-4 seconds ago. Shutter lag is a bitch.
Those missed opportunities, along with the realization that technology replaced film, drove me to my first DSLR. The only question in my mind was Canon or Nikon.
They were both ubiquitous, which meant I knew there were plenty of lenses and other gear available to give me room to grow. Either one would work well for me.
I chose the Nikon.
Why? Because it felt better in my hand. If I’m going to shoot with something and I have to hold it, I may as well choose the one that feels most comfortable to me.
I spent a few years taking photos before I started this blog in 2009. The idea at the time was to have a place to document my own photographic journey. I knew I’d look back at my older photos one day and cringe, and I was right.
There’s a certain value in making mistakes. If you pay attention, you don’t keep repeating the same mistakes, which makes room for completely new mistakes. As you whittle away at your own mistakes, you end up showing work that some other people like. Then you start making photos that other people like.
That’s a pretty cool feeling.
Now I spend my time sharing what I’ve learned. Some of it came from experimentation. Some from trying over and over again. A lot of it came from patience and more than a bit came from analyzing mistakes.
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More Facts About William
Just An Ordinary, Average Guy With A Camera
Here’s some basic info about me
- I’m married to my lovely wife, Lee
- We have a daughter, Tové
- We have three dogs – Zach, Milo and Evie
- My day job title is Director of Information Technology
- I shoot Travel and Portrait photos
- My gear is by Nikon
- I used to be an author of computer books, magazine articles and editorial columns
- I quit Tae Kwon Do before my blackbelt exam because my instructor assured me I was going to pass
- I’m an Eagle Scout (even though I was assured I was going to pass)