A childhood fascination with stationery supplies and typewriters led to school yearbook and newspaper production. In 1973 I founded a typesetting company in New York City; in 1990 it morphed into a desktop publishing company; and in 1999 I joined a medium-sized printing and mailing company and, while still involved in type and design, for the next fifteen years spent more time working with variable document production and electronic document delivery.
Thanks to my work I have been using Macintosh computers since 1985 and Adobe Photoshop since 1990. The impact of digital on the graphics profession and on photography has been a revolutionary journey, and I have had the privilege of involvement in both fields along the way.
My interest and involvement in photography goes back over
50 years. As a young child growing up our house was full
of cameras: various 120 and 127 film cameras and
Polaroids, all a lot of fun. One day when I was about nine
I picked up my father’s Rolleiflex (f/3.5 with the light meter) and found the instruction manual. By the end of the day I understood shutter speed and all the camera’s functions. I was totally enthralled.
Shortly thereafter I was given an Ansco Darkroom Kit, and within a couple of months I had built a darkroom in the basement. I shot hundreds of rolls over the next five years.
As a high school sophomore, the Rollei was becoming awkward, and I was envious of the other guys with 35mm SLRs.
Conning a grandmother into a present, I purchased a
Nikon F Photomic T with the 50mm f/1.4 and the
105mm f/2.5, and that fall the 200mm f/4. Two years
later, another body, the Photomic FTn. And more glass. I was infected with NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome).
Over the next 50 years there were more film bodies: the F2, FA, the 4004, the 8008, and last the F100; and then the digital bodies, the D100, D2X, D3, D300s, D3s, D800e, Df, D810, and now the D850. And the glass has
been continually updated. I bought speedlights, various
light modifiers and accessories, and learned a bit
These days I shoot with the Z7 and D850, full frame
mirrorless and DSLR bodies from Nikon. Those
bodies and my current compliment of lenses should
satisfy my NAS for years to come. Or maybe there will be a new body…
Today life is very good. Retired from my life-long career in the
graphic arts, I now devote much of my time to photography and
teaching post processing.
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