February 28


Win a Free Zinio Subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine

By Dan

February 28, 2013

I’ve been a fan of Outdoor Photographer Magazine ever since I started shooting. In fact, I can even say that the magazine changed my life. Back in 1993, I saw an ad in the back of the mag for a photo workshop trek in Mustang, Nepal with Galen and Barbara Rowell.

I scraped together all my cash, ran my own Kickstarter-type promotion to help pay for 50 rolls of Kodachrome + processing, and went on the trip of my life. In short, that adventure pretty much set me on my course, and within three years, I had struck out on my own as a full time photographer.

Then, in 2006, Outdoor Photographer ran a feature article about me and my photography, called Into The Action.

In honor of these two momentous events that altered my life forever, I’m working with Zinio to give away 10 free subscriptions to Outdoor Photographer Magazine, which you can read on your computer, Kindle or mobile device.

Edit: This contest is over.

Even though the 10 winners have been chosen, consider leaving a comment anyway. Tell me about an event that changed your photography life forever. I’ve enjoyed reading the stories and comments that have been added below, and I’d love to read yours as well!

Also, when you’re filling in the comment section, consider signing up for my newsletter, which is a regular digest full of tips, news, pro insight, reviews and special offers. Think if it as my own mini outdoor photography magazine that comes right to your inbox every week or so.

About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 25+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.

As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.

  • My start in photography was when I first picked up my Mom’s Brownie Box camera. Been hooked on photography ever since. Later, my Dad let me use his old Argus 35mm camera, which didn’t even have an exposure meter; I guesstimated my exposure by the guide on the film box. I bought my first camera, a Pentax KX, when I graduated from high school.

  • In the mid 70’s my dad and I, well ok mostly dad, purchased a Nikormat EL for a trip to Colorado. We were living in PA at the time. That EL is long gone, but three years ago I “graduated” to a Nikon D700 from what was my camera at the time, my cell phone. Yeah I know really steep learning curve started. It’s been fun learning in the digital age. Now I’m about to embark on another learning adventure as I should have my dads old Zeiss Ikon Contaflex, vintage ’53, back in my hands in a couple of weeks. It’s been in need of refurbishment for many years and I found someone who has the knowledge, skills and most important parts, to accomplish the work. Dads camera is now 60 years old, I just wish he was around to show me how to use it.

  • I remember vividly the very first shot I took with my new Pentax SF10 SLR. It was a macro shot of a mushroom and I couldn’t wait to get the film back so I had it developed right after that shot. Didn’t even finish the roll! I just knew it was the coolest picture I had ever taken.

  • Got my Canon AE1 back in ’88 as a gift along with a roll of black & white. It was my first real experience creating black & white images. Still love bw to this day.

  • I have always had an interest in photography, but always thought it was just something I would “tinker” with. I began to catch the travel and adventure bug in collage and my dad bought me my first digital camera (a sony point and shoot) for my upcoming semester abroad in Australia. I really fell in love with traveling, hiking and photographing my adventures (particularly landscape and nature photography). It took me several years and was not really until last year that I really decided this was something I wanted to pursue and grow. Sometimes the moment is the combination of someone putting a tool in your hand to get you started along with an amazing travel experience that gives you direction and ignites the flame you have been carrying.

  • I can’t say that there is one big moment that changed my photography life for ever. Everytime it was about fun of shooting no matter if using compact camera or DSLR. Maybe the big change is somewhere near me, maybe a trip to an inspiring country, I’ll see… But it’s true that there is a few milestones, that moved me forward – buing my first DSLR and SLR cameras. Trying shooting on film has definitely something inside – the process is slower and you have to think more about the shots. All the best! Breta

  • An event that changed my photography life forever: I recently moved to Texas and a new friend kept asking me what my “hobby” was but I couldn’t answer him. This really bothered me that I couldn’t figure out what I do for a “hobby”. As I was driving out in the rural roads, I saw a beautiful scene with the setting sun lighting the clouds fiery red across a field and regretted not having my camera with me. It was then I realized that nature photography is my “hobby”! I have always taken pictures, while at sea with the Navy and especially when we pulled into ports, so to me it was just something I did because I liked the pictures. From this event, I have decided to take my personal photography and try to turn it into a night and weekend thing that can launch me into my third career! Wish me luck…

  • The birth of my daughter 10 years ago. It inspired me to buy my first digital camera, I have never looked back (except to see if there’s a better shot behind me:)

  • My interest initially came from my father, but the big moment for me was seeing one of my photos published in Popular Photography. It made me realize that I could take photos that could be published. That was a great thing to understand.

  • I guess in 1992, I spent almost 7 weeks by travelling alone by bike around Norway. A good opportunity to think about itself. Until then I like taking pictures and I bought used Nikon F801 with two lenses for this trip, but it was mainly a hobby without a clear vision.
    At the end of my journey I found in tobacconist’s in Oslo an American Photo magazine, all issue dedicated to „adventure photography“.
    The magazine suddenly clearly showed to me, what I want to do in my life…
    BTW, there were also some images form Gallen Rowell 🙂

  • My inspiration for photography happened 20 years ago, when my Dad let me use his Minolta 35mm when I was in college. It was a completely manual camera, and it forced me to learn how to take a technically correct picture from very early on. When I graduated from college, my fiance at the time (my wife of now nearly 19 years) and her family got me my first 35mm SLR, the Nikon N6006, which I still have today. Even though I now have my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D (which I love!), I’ll still get the old Nikon out and shoot a roll of film (old school) when out on a camping trip with my dad and brothers.

  • We took the bus into Denali NP for the first time and I was able to capture one of my most popular images of Mt McKinley, which was the push I needed for me to begin my journey into landscape photography.

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