Who is Patrick Zeller?
Born in the `80s, raised in the `90s. Passionate Photographer, Creative Artist. IT-Manager. Mentor. Proud and loving Family Father and thankful Husband.
Those are some of my facets...
I had my first experience with photography probably even before I started walking. My Grandpa had a photo studio, and I spent half of my youth with him. I still remember how I mad first shots with disposable cameras. And later they even had a flashlight included.
My Analog Age
At the age of 14 I got my first SLR from my parents. I mean… A 14-year-old with an SLR. I still can`t believe it. But a dream came true. Endless possibilities. Manuel control about aperture and exposure. And focus! And a zoom lens. What about ISO? Well, back in the day you selected your ISO by your choice of film you entered – remember, all analog.
At the age of 18, it got entirely around photography. Well, I stopped most of my hobbies, like scuba diving and horseback riding at this age as many things changed in my life. Girlfriend, driver`s license, first Motorbike, later a car and the first job. And of course, always out of money…
Switching to Digital
It took me probably until I turned 22 before I saved enough money to get my first digital point and shoot. A Fuji. I remember how I put in the first set of AA batteries, and they lasted for about 20 Minutes. Luckily I found out fast, that rechargeable batteries last a lot longer.
Later, probably in 2008, I switched to a smaller and better Sony. Unfortunately, that died after a rainy and heavy sweaty hard rock festival weekend.
Eventually, I ended up with the legendary Panasonic Lumix FZ 200 Superzoom point and shoot. It was great because it offered a 24x optical zoom (25mm-600mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens for a very fair price. I still have a zoom-test on one of my old YouTube Channels:
I mean, this was great for the price, and it offered a lot of semi-manual settings. A/T/P/M modes and even a pseudo-manual-focus.
And precisely this was the time when my camera addiction got me again. Suddenly all came back to me, what I missed over the years. Having control over my pictures. Having the focus in my end and controlling the camera, not only using it.
So as I turned 30, I made the decision to treat myself. And if I say this, I mean big! I remembered two things my grandpa taught me once:
- If you do something, do it right or don`t even bother to start it.
- If you buy cheap, you buy it twice.
And here starts the real story…