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About Gayle Martin

A second generation Arizona native, Gayle (Homes) Martin got her first camera when she was nine years old. "I was getting ready to go to summer camp," she explains, "and my dad bought me a Kodak Instamatic 100 camera."

Gayle's love of photography continued into adulthood and she studied photography in college. "This was back in the 35mm days," she says, "and I can remember spending hours in the college darkroom. While I was there I'd lose all track of time, but it was a lot of fun. I also had to purchase a professional quality cameral, so I bought a Nikkormat FT3. It was my go to camera for decades."

Gayle now does digital photography. "The transition from film to digital can be challenging at times," she says. "Each has their unique advantages and disadvantages. However, the big advantage with digital is being able to take hundreds of photos on a digital memory card. Before I could only get 36 exposures on a roll of film, and having them developed was expensive. Then there was the disappointment of picking up my pictures and none of them turning out. People don't realize there is so much more to photography than just pointing and shooting. It takes a lot of skill. You have to learn how to frame a shot. You have to understand lighting, and even then, you have to take dozens of photos to get that one iconic shot."