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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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answered How to properly color calibrate a 27 inch iMac monitor (OS X Mavericks)?
May
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comment What personal safety precautions do I need to take while traveling with a camera in Scandinavia?
Top safety precaution for traveling in Scandinavia: Be sure to inspect your shoelaces from time to time. Tripping on them can cause a nasty fall.
Apr
29
comment D3200 Novice Who Needs Advice and Direction
Shooting RAW is a great idea, but please understand that RAW images will look AWFUL at first: they are intended to be edited first. You need to adjust white balance, saturation, brightness, etc before they are usable. JPEGs are essentially what happens when a RAW images is processed by the camera. Shooting RAW is telling the camera you want to process them yourself.
Apr
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
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comment Can I buy a direct upgrade from Lightroom 3.5 to Lightroom 5?
LR 5 will not change the images at all. Even though it has a newer process version, existing images will remain in the existing process version. You can upgrade the image process version for any images you wish later.
Feb
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answered Managing multiple catalogs in Lightroom? Between external hard drive and laptop
Feb
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revised Is there a need for Camera RAW in photoshop if you have Lightroom?
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answered Is there a need for Camera RAW in photoshop if you have Lightroom?
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revised How to use 75-300mm lens
Thanks Michael for edits, however, I used the 1/focal length rule back in my film days, so I wanted to clarify the rule, then restate for crop factor
Dec
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answered How to use 75-300mm lens
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Nov
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comment synchronize photos and folders across 2 external drives?
I suspect the tool does not offer all the functions of rsync, not sure. however it does offer exactly what the questions asked for 'sychronize between two disks'. It has an option to 'not replace' any file found on one but not the other drive.
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answered synchronize photos and folders across 2 external drives?
Oct
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comment How can I resize and watermark my images so people can't take them when I'm trying to sell them?
Fair enough, edited. Thanks
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Oct
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answered How can I resize and watermark my images so people can't take them when I'm trying to sell them?
Oct
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answered Do Canon 430EXII speedlite flash units have an optical slave function?
Oct
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comment Recommend good cropping software
If you have a Mac, you don't need software, as the Mac can batch crop via Automator. See mactip.net/how-to-resize-batch-images-mac-automator
Oct
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answered Free photo sharing site with excellent security features