Zach is a native to La Crosse, WI. He is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a B.S. in Computer Science. Since graduation, Zach has been providing computer support and web design services to clients in the La Crosse area. In his free time, Zach enjoys experimenting with photography, electronics, building things and biking.
Zach's interest in photography began when he "bought" his first camera with points from a magazine sale in grade school. It was just a cheap plastic camera that used film and had no flash. But, this camera inspired Zach with the idea of capturing the world around him in still images. Zach began by taking pictures of whatever he saw. These were not great images, but the desire to capture was there. Unfortunately, film is not cheap, so Zach had to be more selective with him images. He continued to use his camera here and there.
Around this same time, digital cameras were starting to enter the market. However, the price tag was way too high for Zach. But, he saved his Christmas and birthday money, none-the-less. In 2002, he found a cheap camera at Sam's Club that had everything he wanted — a flash and a screen. He had saved enough money to buy the camera, which opened a whole new idea of photography. He loved that he could take as many pictures as he wanted and it cost nothing. He took that camera everywhere and photographed everything. The pictures were small and low quality, but he did not care. It was fun taking them, and something was better than nothing.
That camera lasted Zach several years before it gave out, right before his family's first big family vacation. So, Zach rushed out and bought a new camera so he could capture the vacation. The new camera was a huge improvement and allowed him to continue to better his skills. This camera took Zach through photography courses in high school and several more family vacations. During one of the vacations — Yellowstone National Park — Zach took over 2,000 photos. This was the start of a growing passion for photography.
During his senior year in high school, Zach invested in his first DSLR — A Nikon D50. This camera allowed Zach to experiment with manual settings on the camera, the ability to use different lenses and apertures, and a great increase in the quality of photos.
In College, Zach decided to minor in photography. His photography courses turned out to be some of the most demanding courses during his college years. At first, he was questioning whether to continue or not. But, he stuck it out and is grateful for the experiences and growth that he made throughout his photography courses.