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The Role of the Fire Photographer
I would first like to thank Ron Richards
and the editorial staff of With the Command for selecting me to head up
the Photography and Hot Shots sections of the site. It is my hope to bring
you informative articles on fire and emergency service photography as well
as showcase work by amateur and professional photographers from all over
the United States. We share here several common bonds not the least being
to document the men and women of the front line forces but also to try
and put an end to needless loss of life and property by fire.
||Fire photographers come from many molds.
Few fire departments have the budget to be able to carry full time photographers
on their staff and therefore rely on individuals with an interest in the
fire service and capability with photography to supply their photographic
needs. I got my start by chasing my father, a Brookline, MA, Fire Fighter,
around with my camera and then eventually peddling them to the local newspaper
for a few dollars. As my skills grew, so did my opportunities and eventually
the fire department in my hometown has utilized me for arson, training
and public relations purposes just to name a few. Today I am proud to have
been published nationally and my recent elevation to my current status
on With the Command is a testament to what hard work can do.
I would like to wish all of you a Happy
and Healthy Holiday Season and please send in those photos!!! Never be
held back by thinking your work is not good enough as we are all here to
learn....including myself. I look forward to hearing your comments, suggestions
and critiques as well.
My next article will feature photo equipment
and getting started in the field. I will teach you that you don't need
a pocket of gold to get quality results. We will also begin to explore
the pros and cons of traditional film photography versus digital.
Fire Photography News
me to Hot Shots
||Steve's dad was a firefighter for four
decades and his "career" spurned off chasing him around with his camera
in Brookline, MA. Steve is a member of the International Fire Photographers
Association, founding member of the International Fire Photography Organization
as well as other educational associations related to photography. He freelances
for a local newspaper and hase been published on many fire department web
sites in the Greater Boston area. On a broader scale Steve is a contributing
photographer for several fire service publications.