Hi, I'm Don Bendickson and I am a 'Jack Of All Trades And Master Of None'. I'm the kind of person who takes an interest in something and would rather learn it on my own than go to school or formal training to learn to do it.
Prior to 2009 I was just an occasional snap shooter and that was about it. Decided to get myself a real camera and give it a shot and see if I could produce something worth looking at. You can learn a whole lot by using the internet, the internet and the school of hard knocks, that was my teacher.
In 2010 managed to get myself into the royalty free stock image industry where my specialty is food of all sorts, Having your images reviewed by a stock agency is one of the toughest things you can do, rejection teaches you a lot. I set-up my own shots and prepare all the food seen withing my images. My food images are used all around the world from online recipes on up to print media.
Living in the California Sierra Nevada mountains where great nature shots are endless I take full advantage of this and always have a camera of some sort out with me.
Gold prospecting and minig is another one of those things I taught myself and the gold nuggets seen in my images were mined by me. My gold nugget images have been purchased and used around the world, from online articles discussing the price of gold to the online Encyclopedia Britanica.