When I started my own business in high school taking sports photographs I always thought, "this is what I am going to do for the rest of my life."
I began working for the Orlando Sentinel and fell in love with a career that has taken me, and will take me, across the globe to tell stories.
Photography was it. Nothing could change that. I was never really that interested in video, television news did, and still does, make me nauseous, and I never really saw myself as producer. Then Canon and Nikon began putting video capabilities into their cameras and, like many other still photographers, the lightbulb went off.
The capabilities of using premium Canon and Nikon lenses combined with full-manual control of shooting video has completely changed the career path I so naively though was going to be only still photography.
For the first time in my career, I have done more production work than still photography in a month. As 2010 came to a close, it also closed a chapter in my life I will never forget.
2011 was my transition. A hybrid year, between still photography and DSLR video.
I was so fortunate to be guided by the incredible staff of The Miami Herald over the summer to produce daily videos on the BP oil spill and continue my still photography.
Going back, I shot over 200,000 still photographs in 2010 which will eventually be edited down to around 20,000. More importantly, I shot over 2,500 video clips, produced over 50 short stories and changed my business from "Steve Johnson Photography," to "Steve Johnson Media."
As corny as it may sound, I feel that each year marks a specific chapter in my development as a multimedia journalist. 2007 was the beginning; my first NCAA football game, starting my business, first internship and first job with ESPN. 2008 was the a year spent developing my eye and network. 2009 was my year of writing, I took multiple reporting classes at the University of Florida, had my first articles published and started this blog.
2010 was my transition year and as 2011 begins it has proven to be one of the best years I have ever had.
I cannot thank the friends, editors, coworkers and family enough that have helped me to get where I am today.
Always on the move,