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by Vian Esterhuizen

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bio website digitalmason.smugmug.com
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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.


Jun
24
comment How to apply lens profile to multiple photos in Lightroom 6
you can also rt click and choose 'Copy Settings', then check the box by "Lens Corrections". Select your images in Library, and then rt click, choosing 'Develop Settings', 'Paste Settings"
Jun
24
revised Is it possible to set up a Lightroom “Render Farm”?
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Jun
24
comment Is it possible to set up a Lightroom “Render Farm”?
edited with comments about ND/NAS
Jun
24
revised Is it possible to set up a Lightroom “Render Farm”?
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Jun
24
answered Is it possible to set up a Lightroom “Render Farm”?
Jun
22
comment Can I re-rinse developed negatives?
Water won't harm the negative, if you really mean rinsing, since you do not use any detergent in negative development. Photoflo is a rinse agent
Jun
16
revised How can I change the display to show current shot number on my Canon 600D?
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Jun
16
comment How can I change the display to show current shot number on my Canon 600D?
Great,thats why I have shown how to keep track of how many shots you have taken
Jun
16
answered How can I change the display to show current shot number on my Canon 600D?
Jun
9
comment How can I get a lot of detail in the face, skin as seen in this poster for The Martian?
try searching for tutorials for 'unsharp mask'. Even if you don't use Photoshop, it will teach you the basic technique for this post-process technique
May
28
answered Can I copy a Lightroom catalog between computers?
May
22
comment Renaming virtual copies in Lightroom using F2
Understand @connersz, but 'outside LR' only exists if you Export, in which case each Virtual Copy can be assigned a sequential name as you requested. HOWEVER, that name won't be assigned to the Virtual Copy in LR, you need to import the created JPG to track that image.
May
21
comment Renaming virtual copies in Lightroom using F2
so @connersz you vote down because LR doesn't do what you want? LR does not provide sequential naming for copies
May
21
answered Renaming virtual copies in Lightroom using F2
May
19
comment Canon EOS M: Do these lenses make sense together?
the EF-M 22mm is 23mm long, whereas the 10-18 is 72mm long PLUS the adapter of 28 mm = 100mm. Therefore your 10-18mm lens will be nearly as long as a 75-300mm EF-S lens. Also, the 22 is f/2, so can be used inside dark churches, bars, etc that are too dark for a lens that is f/4.5.
May
15
comment Why is my Canon 55-250 IS lens blurry at focal ranges beyond 100mm?
Open the images in Canon ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Pro, and enable the focus point view. Ensure that your camera was focused on your subject. If not, that may be your issue: you are not focused on your subject
May
11
answered How can I light a staged showroom interior, where there is no ceiling to bounce light from?
May
5
comment How do you merge two HDRs in two layers in the same image?
File > Place...
May
4
answered In which scenarios does it make sense to have the subject look straight into the camera?
May
1
revised Unable to get crisp lights on buildings during pictures of cityscapes at night
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