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Mike H.


Rochester, NY

Member since:

August 2, 2011

RPEG's focus is on photography and photo editing, but Meetup's focus is on getting people together face-to-face. Are you able to attend at least some of our meetings and tutorials? Do you sincerely plan to do so? If so, please continue!

Yes & yes.

Experience isn't required for membership, but we do ask that your main reason for joining be an interest in cameras and photo-editing. What editor (if any) are you using? If Photoshop, which version? Beginner, intermediate, advanced or expert?

I use Creative Suite CS6, primarily Photoshop, Lightroom, for editing at an intermediate level. I have used Photomatix Pro (HDR editing) and other plug-in, my favorite being Topaz.

If experienced with your program(s), how did you LEARN the program along the way? Books? Videos? In a formal school curriculum? On the job? Please be as specific as possible

I've had a long career in training, manual publishing/layout, and graphics. I started my photo learning process with a Canon camera at a young age and learned through use and lately through books books and videos. My current job allows me the opportunity to resolve photo issues. Many of our team members prepare documents with images that are collected from many sources. I am often asked to re-size images to reduce file size or to enhance poor image quality. Taking on challenging projects is my favorite means of learning.

If experienced, what areas of photo editing do you consider your strengths? Portrait touchups? Compositing? HDR Imaging? Web? Artistic? Photo Repair? Other? Please specify.

I've done some portrait touch-up and I mostly prepare images for Web & print in my current job. Document design/layout and composition are my strengths. My background study and practical use of graphic arts serves me well.

What are the areas where you'd especially like to increase your skills?

Enhancing my ability to capture the best possible image using the camera. From there, enhance the image using various editing tools and techniques without jeopardizing or sacrificing image quality.


Publication Technology Specialist at a medical device company - main work responsibilities are to collect and prepare documents for Web, print, and CD. I also assist our authoring work group with adherence to labeling & branding standards.

What Mike H. is saying about this Meetup Group

Extraordinary people - both leads and members are always willing to share their knowledge and experiences - maybe because we have so much in common.

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