My Story in Words

My name is Richard Bivins and I am a self-taught photographer, writer, and author, among other things. Some would like to label me as a disabled veteran, but I'm one of the luckier ones. My disability is neurological and has slowed down my mobility but not my creativity.

I refuse to let that stop me from pursuing my passions. For many years I was a builder of things that ranged from residential homes and gears used in engines that run cars, trucks, and ships, to machinery used in nuclear power plants .

Writing and shooting pictures has allowed me to explore my creativity. It may all be in my head but I think I shoot some pretty darn good photos. Even if it is in my head, I want to get better and wish I had started this adventure decades earlier.

I was 18 years old and in the Army when my dad gave me his old Pentax K-1000 camera. It was the first SLR camera I ever owned and I loved shooting with film. Specifically, I loved shooting in black and white and shooting time lapsed photos of the Mojave Desert sky and shooting head-shots and portraits of my Army buddies.

I knew I had a talent back then but I didn't foster it. I left the Army and went off to college to pursue other interests and regrettably let photography become an occasional hobby.

So here I am, nearly 30 years later, picking up where I left off. I started RAWvsJpeg.com for the following reasons:

  1. Primarily for my love and passion for photography.
  2. Secondly, because I learn better when I digest information and then share it with others.
  3. Thirdly, because I know there are others in exactly “the same boat” and would hopefully want to share this adventure with me.
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It would be great if you decided to join me in transitioning from amateur to professional photographer.