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Chuck C.


Columbia, SC

Member since:

July 22, 2014

Photographic Interests?

It seems like I've always had a camera from the days that the Kodak Brownie was the rage. In college I took a photojournalism class and learned what SLR stands for and how to "burn" and "dodge" in the dark room. At my first newspaper job, I covered the cops beat and was expected to shoot pics of fatal crashes, shootings, and fires. I started shooting with a 35mm rangefinder and eventually bought my first real camera -- a Nikkormat with a 43-86mm and[masked]mm zooms. The camera survived years on the cops beat as well as taking a gazillion pics of my five children. The Nikkormat still works and has been passed down to my oldest daughter. Recently I bought a digital SLR, which has ignited my interest in taking photography seriously. Before I just took pics, now I try to make a picture. My interests range from birding to grandkids to street work.

Photographic skill level (Beginner, Novice, Moderate, Advanced, Guru)

Besides the photojournalism class I took in college, I've completed both the beginner and intermediate, non-credit classes through USC's continuing education program. I'm a bit past a beginner with a digital SLR.

Gear that you use? Feel free to list the cameras, lenses and other accessories that you find to be indispensable.

My gear includes a Nikon D750 and D7100 and too many lenses, both fixed and zoom. My favorites are a Tamron f[masked], Nikon f[masked], Sigma f[masked] and Nikon f1.8 35mm and 50mm.

What skills would you like to develop further? For example: Action, Portraiture, Macro, Photoshop.Lightroom/Post-Processing Skills, etc...

All of the above and thensome. I hope to learn wildlife shooting -- especially birds -- as well as landscapes, seascapes, architecture an portraiture.

Do you have skills that you are willing to share with others to help them improver their photography? If so, what skills would you be willing to be a mentor for other members?

Right now, I doubt I have much to offer but am willing to do whatever to help.


Name: Chuck Crumbo. I'm a newspaper reporter presently employed at The Columbia Business Report. I retired from The State in February 2010. My last beats there were the military and business.

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