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Stephen D.

Organizer

Location:

Rochester, NY
Hometown: Rochester

Organizer since:

July 18, 2010

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!

Will I attend meetings? You bet! - we have way too many members who are qualified to replace me to not show up!

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?

Photoshop CS6 & Lightroom 5 - With operations that I use often: intermediate to advanced. Plus the old NIK Color Effects Pro as my go-to "spice rack" comes up a lot. These days a few skills related to product photography are getting daily practice: Selections and layer masking especially.

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

Books at first. Lots of just trying things. I've spent a lot of time paying for Lynda.com videos, but today when I forget a procedure, it's either Google or YouTube. If you're serious about learning PS and LR: 1) Don't depend on groups like RPEG alone for your instruction. It's like learning a foreign language: Once or twice per month just isn't enough. 2) Learning editing procedures is like learning to cook. That is, it's largely a matter of following long recipes until you finally discover what's going on. Because of that, if you're not a disciplined and organized note-taker, it's unlikely that your editing skills will grow much beyond the basics.

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 started out as a Ken Burns wannabe, creating Erie Canal videos with Adobe's Premiere Pro 1.5 (now CC). Photoshop was mostly for colorizing old black and whites then, as well as for sizing and compressing images for the web (eriecanalvideos.com). For several years editing for websites took over, but now a handful of product photography clients and RPEG meetings account for almost all of my PS and LR time.

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

In my sixties now, just not forgetting stuff will be enough... but I would like to do more with off-camera Speedlight flash ("editing before the fact").

Introduction

Product photographer (585photo.com) who came to the craft via ErieCanalVideos.com and Upstate Web Services. Join us and come ready to grow your camera and editing skills!


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