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Old 13-04-2009, 21:07   #1 (permalink)
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Hello From Louisiana

Hi my name is Patrick. I live in South Louisiana. I just made the step up from "point and shoot" to a Semi Pro Camera. I've been told by a couple established photographer friends that I have a good eye for composition. I am though, very much, an amateur. I'm hoping that through this forum I can gain some great insight on the things I'm missing as far as lighting, ISO, Etc... that will make my photos that much better. I have hopes of shooting and selling stock photography and actually have a few contacts in the advertising industry that will bounce ideas off of.

I enjoy shooting close ups of people... Not necessarily portraits, though I'd like to learn the art of "on-site" portraits, but rather closeups of the face and facial features. My Children tend to be my models of choice, plus they are beautiful if I might say so myself. I also like to shoot landscapes. I annually take Motorcycle road trips to interesting, photogenic places. I've ridden the Natchez Trace several times and explored Big Bend National Park. This June I'll be going to Colorado. I hope to get a little more prepared for the landscapes I will see there and the best techniques for photographing them.

OK, EQUIPMENT: I just purchased a factory refurbished Canon 40 D from Adorama.Com They were awesome. I got a 18mm-55mm 3.5-5 IS AF Lens and a 55mm-250mm 4-5.5 IS AF Lens. I also got 2 UV Filters and a Circular Polarized filter. And last, a vintage brown Leather Camera Bag. (Left over from my Father's 35mm days)

I have hopes of renting a Fisheye Lens for this trip as well. I really love the landscape images I've seen shot on them.

Lastly, It has been recommended to me to shoot in RAW format, so that's what I have been doing... well, at least since Friday. Also LIGHTROOM was the program recommended to me for ease of editing... I haven't purchased that yet, but would like some input on that as well.

For those of you that made it down this far, thank you for reading my introduction. I hope to be able to give back as much as I receive, eventually.

Thank you,

Patrick (PJMehaffey)
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