Photographing my collection for this website has been an eye-opening experience. Fountain pens are truly beautiful objects, each emblematic of its time and culture and exhibiting its own special beauty. Getting my photos to show the pens as they are has forced me to significantly expand my photographic skills — as a result, I’m now shooting in RAW, using a real lightbox, and processing in Lightroom. The changes have made a world of difference. The calculus of learning, of course, has shown me how much more I have to learn, so that pen photography has become an additional source of challenge and pleasure in this hobby of mine.