July 22, 2014
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.
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.
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.
All of the above and thensome. I hope to learn wildlife shooting -- especially birds -- as well as landscapes, seascapes, architecture an portraiture.
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.