My first digital camera was a Sony DSC-S30 in the year 2000. I bought this camera to take portaits of people at parties around my hometown and put them on my homepage. This homepage grew very fast in popularity because people could download a memory from this special evening. Nearly 20 years ago this was something completly new. After a couple of months I had thousands of pictures online and lots of daily returning visitors. Then the local newspapers and radio stations published articles about my homepage. Some companies cantacted me for advertising contracts: local stores like restaurants, bars and clothes shops. So I was in "portait photography". I had a lot of fun taking pictures of people but, in my opinion, never reached the "secret of taking portaits". My pictures looked very flat and common.
My first job in the professional IT was in 2001 and from that time I was too busy to go to parties, to take pictures and to maintain my homepage anymore. I gave the homepage to a former friend who operated this site for some more years. I built up my career in the IT very fast and I felt, something was missing: photography.
So I started to go out with my camera whenever I had time and took photos while I was hiking, climbing or on travel. My skills with the camera extended the more I took time for my passion. I realized that I'm more in taking pictures of landscapes, cities or abstract objects. Once a human hits the frame I fail. In 2010 I started with diving and underwater photography. My first drone took off in 2017 and I switched to full frame cameras in 2018.
Now every piece of my equipment is on a semi professional level and whenever I take a bad shot I remember: it's up to me and not to the technology I use.
Being in photography means lifetime learning. You will never become perfect. But you can develop your skills and, when you don't have to think about camera settings anymore, train your eyes to compose harmonic pictures. It's the same with diving. The less you have to think about it, the better you do. In photography this process will never end. You will live through several phases of creativity. The same I do. But I never loose my passion - photography.