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It started in high school, when I received an Olympus OM-1n for my birthday. I joined the Yearbook as a photographer (yes I was one of those guys), and helped build a darkroom. It was here that I really fell in love with photography: learning, through trial and error, such wonderful things as composure, exposure, depth of field, etc. Having bulk black and white film at my disposal, and free weekends in the darkroom, only accelerated my learning.

When I switched to color, the fun was over. Processing became complex, confusing and often lead to inconsistent results that were considered creative in black and white. Plus college and life in general ate away at spare time. While I still took photos, it was to record memorable events, not explore the craft.

When digital photography started getting comparable to film, I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel Xt, and with my computer, was instantly transported back to those bulk film/ darkroom days in high school. I could experiment with abandon, and color was no longer a mystery solved with unlimited patience, equipment and chemicals.

Seven years, several camera bodies and many lenses later, I have grown as a photographer, and mastered Lightroom and PS. But I love getting out and shooting landscapes, nature and travel photography, plus taking shots of my kids playing sports. Photography as a hobby is my preferred path.


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comment How to turn an external flash off and reactive the incorporated one (Canon 600D)?
Look carefully and you will see there are metal spring-like shims under the 'rails. make sure they are both 'up'. There is also a switch under one, take a paper clip and slide under the shims, see if you can get the switch to pop back up.
Dec
16
comment MY canon D1200 doesn't take a picture in AF mode
@MichaelClark Not all Canon cameras with Live View: my 40D does not focus in live view
Dec
15
answered MY canon D1200 doesn't take a picture in AF mode
Dec
11
awarded  Revival
Dec
6
answered Lightroom- How to import into same folder from different day?
Nov
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comment Why is my Canon Digital IXUS/ELPH making distorted photos with purple cast
If it turns out to be terminal, there is a Canon Loyalty Program where you can trade it in on a discounted replacement camera: fstoppers.com/business/…
Nov
14
answered Why are there so few high quality APS-C telephoto lenses?
Nov
13
answered My roll of film didnt rewind inside all the way?
Nov
5
answered Single remote trigger for fifty cameras
Oct
27
answered Unable to Install Canon Solution Disc
Oct
4
answered How can I reduce the effect of sodium vapor street lights in night photography?
Oct
3
answered Why do I get different white balance results from a grey card vs a white card?
Oct
2
comment High speed sync Flash with 430EX II off-camera
Also, the Canon ST-E2 supports HSS mode with the 430EX.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
23
answered Will a 600rt Flash work with a 70d using radio control?
Sep
16
answered How can I force Lightroom to always import to my NAS?
Sep
16
answered Is there a way to get Lightroom to extract only part of the folder name on export?
Sep
14
answered Sharing Lightroom Catalog
Sep
12
comment Speedlite 430EX II & Canon 60D
@MikeV: Don't know Nikon that well, but Imaging Resource says the D3100 does NOT support Commander mode, the similar system to Canon's. FWIW, Nikon provided this feature in many cameras years before Canon. imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D3100/D3100FLASH.HTM
Sep
11
answered Speedlite 430EX II & Canon 60D