My Journey with Photography

Polaroid One Step Camera

My 1st Camera: A Polaroid One Step

Every journey begins somewhere and this one began back in the late 1970s. It was Christmas time and I recall wanting only two things: my own 8 track player (Yes! An 8 track!) and a Polaroid camera. Well, I was a lucky boy that Christmas because I got both and while I enjoyed the 8 track player – and The Whiz 8 track cassette that came with it what I found myself playing with most was that camera.

I became the official family photographer for a while. Every chance I could I was taking a photo of something: my shoes, a favorite toy, my Uncle Joe kissing his wife … you get the point. There’s something magical about being able to freeze time and share it with the world. I couldn’t get enough of shooting! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to continue my journey for long as I dropped my camera out the back of a pickup truck and it was obliterated by both the dirt road we traveled on and a car that was following behind us.

Kodak C190

My 1st "Real" Digital Camera: Kodak C190

I didn’t seriously get back in touch with photography until just recently; again, it was during Christmas. My daughters, tired of hearing me go on and on about how I would like to get back into photography, bought me a small digital compact camera. I was instantly thrust back into that old familiar feeling of awe and excitement and quickly  went about the house photographing any and everything I could (to my daughters’ dislike).

This time around I went on a search to learn everything I could about photography and how to tell a story with images. I joined forums, subscribed to blogs and RSS feeds, read books and eventually enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I am now officially working on a degree in photography.


Canon XTi With Battery Grip


Canon G12

I’m shooting with both a DSLR, a Canon XTi, and an advanced compact camera, the Canon G12, and I love it! I don’t know where this journey will lead me. I’m certainly enjoying the ride. Winking smile

Photographically Yours,


Welcome to The Light Scribe

Candlelight Buddha

Candlelight Buddha Copyright 2011 Michael Stagg

Hey! Hello! Howdy!

My name is Michael Stagg, proud papa of Light Scribe Photo and affectionately known as The Light Scribe! 🙂

Mostly, this blog will be a place to share my photographic journey as I learn the ins and outs of what it takes to truly tell a story with light. Additionally, you will be able to:

  • Get my two cents on emerging photographic technology
  • Learn about the basics of photography as I learn them
  • Get inspired with via my PHaiku – Photo Haiku 🙂

I will also be:

  • Showcasing influential members of the photographic community
  • Conducting book and software reviews
  • Sharing helpful resources for every level of light scribe out there

What’s most important about this blog is that you think of it as a place for photographers or all skill levels and interests to find helpful information (and get a laugh or two in) and share ideas. I hope you enjoy your visit here and look forward to seeing here again soon.


Photographically Yours,