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Old 08-09-2010, 02:38   #1 (permalink)
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Hello fellow light gatherers.

I have arrived at your site after viewing many other forum type sites which I maintain membership in only (2) due to my time being somewhat limited.

After reading several of the posts here, I hope I can contribute from time to time and when time permits. You all seem to be a great friendly bunch.

OK..My life story..Just kidding.

I've been shooting since 1976...started my professional career in 1988 shooting weddings as so many of us have. Ahh for the medium format days, B&G's stressing out and the lab screwing up orders. LOL

Fast forward to today: I immersed myself in the world of editorial stock photography (1991) which I still pursue. The past 5 years have allowed me time to explore the commercial side of photography. While commercial is 20 times the amount of work, it pays a little better.

I primarily shoot on assignment (80%) for eight agencies with 20% on spec.
I'll still do a wedding or two, but usually for close friends and relatives only.

Equip: I pretty much switched over 100% to digital around 2004 with a mix of large and med format prior to that.

I'm a Nikon shooter in the DSLR world, D3x's with D-700's as backups.
I'll rent equip from Leaf Aptus for the commercial shoots.

My participation here will probably focus more on the business and legal side of photography as I learned long ago a valuable lesson: Pretty photography does not put bread on my table; technically excellent photography doesn't either.

I learned photography is a business first if I wished to earn my living at it.

Although I maintain a color managed work flow, I am not anal about it with most of my output unless it is for a commercial client.

OK..Onto all the posts I need to read...My coffee pot stands ready to keep me going.

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I'm sure your experience will be very valuable to our members.
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