Hi there. My name is Bob Holtsman, and I am an avid amateur photographer. And now I have a website with my name on it. How cool is that!?
My love of photography started in 1978 when I inherited my Grampa Cec's Leidolf Wetzlar Lordomat range finder camera. The Lordomat was all manual, so I had to learn about aperture and shutter speed and light metering long before YouTube and the internet. That early knowledge proved useful as my hobby evolved.
In 1994 my wife and I received a Pentax Super Program SLR for a wedding present. I loved that camera, and although there were automatic settings, I never lost my desire to shoot manual. We enjoyed many happy years of SLR film photography, and captured lots of wonderful family memories as our kids grew up. Our shelves are full of priceless travel and family photo albums.
I was an active triathlete and marathon runner from 1986-1998. My wife captured lots of great race day images with our Pentax. When injuries forced me to stop running in 1998, I became the unofficial photographer for local triathlons and multi-sport events, and that's when I found my true calling. I loved sports photography and took every opportunity to hone my skills.
With the advent of digital photography, I was drawn to the simplicity of automatic point-and-shoot cameras and the efficiency of shooting, viewing and printing at home. Sadly, our Pentax was relegated to the closet. On the upside, we shot many thousands of digital images and only printed the ones we wanted to keep. And we continued to fill family albums.
It wasn't long before I realized the point-and-shoot wasn't going to cut it for sports photography, so in 2011 I invested in a Canon Rebel XSi and a Sigma 18-250 "holiday" lens. I shot lots of great events with that setup. But when a used Canon 70-200 f2.8L came available, I jumped at the opportunity. I quickly upgraded to a Canon 7D, which along with the 70-200 provided me with the tools I needed to capture some really solid sports and lifestyle images. I hope you will agree as you browse through my portfolio.
In 2013 I invested in a super fast iMac and LIghtroom photo-editing softwear. It's been a long process, but I've finally gotten comfortable with shooting RAW images, and editing in Lightroom. It's opened up a whole new world of photography to me.
So what's next? I think this is where most "about me" descriptions would include that I like to shoot kittens, dandelion fluff and tire tracks in the snow. Don't get me wrong… I like that stuff, but what really gets me excited is the prospect building a photography business, specializing in sport, event and lifestyle imagery. So if you're looking for a photographer to capture you, your family, your business, or your event, please give me a call. I'd love to meet and talk photography.