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Don L.


Healdsburg, CA
Hometown: Varna, IL

Member since:

October 19, 2013

What kinds of events/places do you like to photograph?

I have traveled extensively all over the world for the past 40 years. I have photos from a wide variety of places and enjoy that type of photography the most. I also have two children (daughter born in 1991 and son born in 1995) so I take a lot of photos of them and their soccer. I also enjoy scanning old photos and documents, e.g. my early life, my time in college, my parent's life, the kid's mother (who died when they were 10 & 14). I share my photos mainly through multiple Shutterfly Share sites and a few Photo books (but I prefer Share sites). I have just started to do things on Aperture and sharing via Photo Stream.

What kind of equipment do you use?

Nikon D200, with Tamron 28 to 300 Zoom lens and a Tamron 10 to 24 wide angle. I bought the D200 because it takes 5 frames/second and I used it to film my kids soccer games. I hate to admit it but now I take 80% of my photos with my iPhone 5. Often I don't even take my Nikon D200 with me. I have a two level storage system for my photos. I keep the Best of on my laptop and store the full set on an external drive. For example our trip to Peru had about 400 good photos, but I only chose 150 as Best of. I probably have over 30,000 photos on the external drive. My Best of Folder has about 7,500 photos in it.

How would you describe your level of experience?

While I take a lot of photos my best ones are usually by accident. So I guess I am an above average photographer but I am not into adjusting all the settings on the camera. The only thing I do with my photo files is crop them and I have gotten good at that. I really enjoy the cropping feature in Aperture, as well as their Batch Naming, Photo Rating and Smart Album features. I used to do all of this in Windows but it was more manual and cumbersome.


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