About Admiring Light
I started Admiring Light in early 2012 as a way to share my point of view about photography with the world. I’ve been shooting seriously for nearly twenty years, and have extensive experience with a wide range of photographic equipment, from the entry-level to the top-of-the-line. When reviewing gear, I strive to provide a shooter’s perspective and pass along how equipment translates to results in real-world situations. My hope is that Admiring Light stands as a trusted resource for photographers with regards to equipment, technique and vision.
The name of this site, Admiring Light, came from the idea that as photographers, we strive to capture the light in front of us. The best images tend to come with the best light, and in really special circumstances, all you can do is sit back and admire the light. There is a beauty in this world that is sometimes lost in our everyday lives, and we need to remind ourselves to slow down and just take it all in.
Jordan Steele – Editor-in-Chief, Admiring Light
I grew up in northeast Ohio and went to college at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I graduated in 2001 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and shortly thereafter was commissioned as a US Army officer, where I served for four and a half years on active duty. The Army brought me to Germany in late 2002, and it was there that I found a passion for photography. I had used a compact film camera since I was in high school for random shots of family and friends, and I got my first digital camera, a fully automatic 2 megapixel brick, in 2001. While traveling in Europe I began to really work on my photography, and by 2003, I started getting serious about the craft. I began reading as much as I could about photography, and would take picture after picture to try new techniques out.
Throughout the rest of my time in Europe, my photography continued to improve and improve, and I really began to view it as an art, an escape and a passion. I returned to the US in 2006. I currently live in Columbus, OH, and while I don’t get to travel like I did in Europe, there are opportunities for great photography wherever you happen to be.
On the gear side, I shot with Canon DSLRs for approximately 7 years. However, I started to feel really bogged down by the weight and bulk of my full-frame SLR kit and began the switch to a smaller system in 2010. I’ve been shooting mirrorless bodies since then, from Micro 4/3 to Fujifilm X, Sony E mount, Canon RF and Nikon Z. I’m currently shooting with the Nikon Z8 and Z7 II, the Canon EOS R8, and the Fujiflm X100V. I also shoot medium format film with a Mamiya C330f, and do aerial photography with a DJI Air 2S. All of these systems have their strengths and weaknesses, but the key is to enjoy photography and focus on the image.