My name is Steve Huff and I have been a photographer for about 15 years and photography has been a lifelong passion of mine since I first entered this world. It has been said I came out of my mothers tummy with one eye squinting like I was looking through a viewfinder ;)
My hard drive is filled with tens of thousands of images. They are images of all kinds including pictures of family, strangers, events, street life, weddings, studio portraits, concert images and friends. These are just my “keepers” and over the years I have used about 40 different cameras to take these shots!
See, I am a “photo enthusiast” as well as a passionate photographer. I love what I do so much that over the years I realized I was trying out a TON of camera gear searching for the holy grail. With all of my experience using this gear, in February of 2009 I decided to put up a site where I can write about it all, and this is the result! With this site I want to show YOU how this gear performs in the real world. I will also share with you my processing tips, photography tips, where I buy this gear, my photo projects and jobs that I get along the way. Oh yea, and a rant here and there when I get a little irritated with something in my daily life.
Basically this is a site for digital photo nuts made by a digital photo nut (and you must admit, we are pretty much all crazy)! I know that when I am thinking of buying a new camera I always search online to read as much as possible about it as I can before committing to the purchase. I know that there are many out there just like me, so I am hoping to provide a useful FREE service to all of you fellow digital camera nuts! Yea, there are a load of camera sites out there but most are too technical, boring, and their sample images (if they have any) kind of stink. I wanted to bring an enthusiastic, fun, and creative site to all of you who are like me and try to have a cool place for camera nuts to come hang out for a while and read up on some of the coolest new cameras.
This site is not meant to compete with the “mega technical” camera review sites, but rather be something totally different. I will show you REAL WORLD results from the gear, not overly geekish babble. After all, it is the image that matters most is it not? This site will ALWAYS be FREE. While I understand those who want to charge for their lens and camera reviews, I will not do that as I want to share this info with as many of you as possible and charging for the reviews is not the way to do that, and honestly I am as humble as they come so I do not feel I should charge for anything. What I have to say is for all to read and enjoy (or hate).
Plus I wanted to create a site where we can all participate, have fun and learn along the way. THAT is what it is ALL ABOUT! Not just me, but YOU as well, the reader!
The bottom line is that I’m just a guy who will tell it like it is. I always have been. I’m not going to be overly technical, if at all. Just real world use and samples all written out in layman’s terms. I am hoping to make this an enjoyable and easy to read site that will hopefully help some people out in their decisions on camera gear. Also, I am not a writer and kind of slacked off in English class so you will see a few grammar mistakes here and there :) Also, I hope to improve the site over time so every now and then you will see some changes for the better like adding images to comments, etc.
So yea, I am a guy who is just like YOU! Part photographer and part gear head!
The New Version 2 of STEVEHUFFPHOTO.COM (this site here) came to life in November 2009
The new version of this site went live on November 12th 2009 and it has MANY improvements from the first version. My website has even created a couple of new site copycats as well as a couple of old timers to change their ways. Too funny. I now am seeing so many “real world” review sites, but I am happy to see this approach take hold though I WAS THE 1st!
On January 5th 2010 the site had its first “crash” due to a traffic overload when posting my Leica X1 review. This told me that my site was finally achieving what I dreamed of. Success! But that comes at a price. I had to upgrade to a super fast dedicated server at a cost of almost $700 per month. With all of my photos online, and thousands of people downloading them every day it costs me quite a bit of cash! Luckily I get help when you guys visit my sponsors and buy gear, but it’s tough!
UPDATE 2013: My dedicated server costs now are up to $1,000 per month just to keep this site running smoothly.
One popular feature of the site is my “Daily Inspiration” posts where I will feature YOUR photos so we can all be inspired to get out and shoot day in and day out. The site is not all about me! I want it to be about everyone who visits and enjoys it. I want to be inspired every day and see what everyone else is up to so be sure and submit you pics using the “Daily Inspiration” tab above.
Like I said, this site does cost me quite a bit of money, time, and energy to keep up so if you enjoy it and would like to help me continue with this adventure click here to read how you can do it! Just to host this site now costs me $1000 every month (as of March 2013) as I had to move servers three times (in 10 months) to keep up with the traffic and bandwidth usage. This means I have to at least bring in this amount every month just to keep this site live. I also spend 60-70 hours each week on this site right now so it costs much more than that with my time, so I need all the help I can get! But hey, I am having a blast and hope that you enjoy these real world reviews! As long as it pays for itself, it will keep going so I appreciate the help!
UPDATE: The site keeps on gaining steam! July 2012
This site keeps on rocking and rolling! It has been 3 years since I updated this “About Me’ section and a lot has happened since then! Many of you know I have went through some crazy times with a divorce years ago and I am happy to say that I am now engaged to a beautiful woman who I actually went to grade school with! How amazing is that?
Here we are in kindergarten
and in 2013
I have to say that in all my life I have never met or known a woman as sweet, caring and giving as Debby. We will be married in 2014 and of course the photos will be posted on the site :) Why would I do that? Because I consider my readers to be like family. This site has had regular readers since the beginning and I appreciate ALL OF YOU! Without the readers, the submissions, the passion and the overall vibe of this community the site would not have survived, let alone thrived.
The site now enjoys 100-200K page views daily, which amazes me when I look back at the beginnings when I started this site ONLY as a hobby and for fun. Now it is my 100% passion. My baby, and a huge part of my life.
I am the happiest I have ever been in my life and it took me 44 years of being on this earth to achieve this but it was all worth it!
I plan on keeping this site going until I can no longer type or see! So I hope you continue to enjoy it with me! Just be sure to read the rules below! Oh, and you can also read a recent interview with me over at the website of Alex Coghe!
Rules and Disclaimers
Since this site has been growing there have been quite a few comments on many of the articles. When you leave a comment anywhere on this site you must follow three simple rules:
- Keep it clean. Not only in language but with SPAM. No foul language, no SPAM, no links to commercial sites. If you want to advertise, e-mail me.
- Keep it relevant to the post. If a post is about a Leica lens, do not write a comment about a Canon camera or my various grammar mistakes :)
- Be civil. No fighting, no name calling. I hate it when people start posting garbage and calling others names or putting someone down or arguing about equipment. Let’s keep it civil and professional. Personal attacks will NOT be tolerated.
Easy enough. Anyone breaking those rules will have their post deleted. A second time and you will be banned from the site. To date I have had to ban 13 people. Not bad for over four years online. When you make a comment your IP gets logged and I can ban any IP from the site. I do not want to do that but here is a comment that got one idiot banned as this was his 2nd comment like this in two days:
“seriously huff, stop putting up these really stupid boring photographs and go out meet people not just your lonely mammy. Feel sorry for you old man. Me and my dudes are like 18 years old and take much better photographs with our canon than yours, you stupid old man. Bald and ugly..can’t understand what your wife see in you? Loser with no jobb and acting like child with serious toys…get a life.”
After he posted this 2nd comment I grabbed his IP and blacklisted it. He can no longer see the site from where he was accessing it before. Stuff like this is pure nonsense and has no place on this site. If you have nothing relevant to say, then do not say it. Sadly though, the internet is full of idiots like this guy and that is what the “ban” button is for :) Besides, these kind of posts do not bother me personally. I am confident in what I do and with my life and know the type of people who write garbage like that are not, which is part of their problem. I feel sorry for them, I truly do.
I have to say that while I get lenses and cameras sent to me for review (that get sent back) by a couple of camera companies, none of them EVER EVER pay me. I write exactly what I feel about any lens of camera and if a manufacturer doesn’t like it, then oh well. I have been on “Media Events” paid for by the camera companies as a chance to review and check out their latest gear.
Most of the big sites attend these events like DP Review, Imaging Resource and many many others. This is a perk, getting to see the new stuff before it is released to the public as well as network and meet other site owners. This is part of the business and it rocks and I would be pretty stupid to pass up the opportunity to test new gear before it is released. It helps me and it helps YOU the readers :)
As long as I have the chance to attend these events I WILL and yes, they are paid for by the camera companies. I did get a free hip bag and some fruit at the last one :)
You can help me! An I need it!
The only way I can fund this site is through my sponsor ads. B&H Photo and Amazon are this sites sponsors. They do not pay me to advertise but rather they pay me a tiny commission when someone follows a link on my site and makes a purchase with them. For example, lets say you are reading my site and use my Amazon search box at the upper right of any page. You buy a CD, a DVD and some film. I would make about $1.50. Over a period of a month my goal is to get that # to at least $1000 to pay the web host. Anything after that goes to gas for my photo testing trips, postage for sending lenses and cameras back and if I am lucky I can grab a burger or two for myself.
I get to keep waking up every day at 6am and start writing and then I get to hit the road to shoot with whatever camera I have with me that day. But I can only keep this site going with your support, and with that support this site will not only keep going, it will keep growing with new features and more updates.
In January of 2010 I started publishing guest writers on the site. A couple of guys I knew of for a while in some photo forums approached me about writing an article so I tried it, and decided to keep going with it. If you are someone who would like to write an article for this website e-mail me using the contact link at the top of any page. The article would need to be photo related and can be anything from a product/accessory review to a how-to article or even a photo essay. If you have an idea let me know. But at this time I do not offer any pay for these articles as I simply do not make enough to do that yet. In exchange for your article I will publish a link to your website or portfolio and you will get quite a bit of exposure. As of March 2013 this site receives up to 120,000 views a day. It fluctuates but it has been growing daily.
Writing a guest article can provide you with great exposure and the cool thing is that your linked article will remain in the archives forever! So be sure to contact me if you are interested!
Camera companies, small businesses, accessory makers… want your Products Reviewed here?
If you are a camera company, lens company or a small company that makes accessories like straps, cases or gadgets and would like me to review your product here then feel free to contact me using the contact tab at the top of any page :) With about 2.8 million page view monthly your product will be showcased to readers who are very passionate about their photography wether they are newbies, hobbyists or seasoned pros. My site is indexed in google with thousands of posts and many many reviews are at the top of the google list. A review here will get your product seen so feel free to contact me! I us usually take 2-4 weeks to evaluate a product before review.
I am now accepting advertisers who have a photo related web site, product or seminar. Basically ANYTHING photo related. I can offer 200X200 ad sizes in the right sidebar. The prices range from $500 to $1500 per month depending on placement and if you would like text link mentions as well. This site currently brings in (up to) approx. 2.8 million views every single month and that number is still going up every month! Daily, there are approx. 80-120,000 page views and all ads are shown on EVERY page. This means that your ad will be shown up to 120,000 times each and every day. This is a great value for this amount of targeted traffic and my readers are passionate about photography and LOVE to buy gear! Email me HERE if interested in advertising.
The only space I have right now (and through mid 2014) is the premium top banner spot that is the most clicked on and seen on the site. One year commitment required to take it. E-Mail if interested.