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Bill Foy

Bill Foy

I'm retired, living in the Philadelphia, Pa suburbs. I've been taking pictures for a long time, but only recently have become serious about it. A friend gave me a subscription to PSA (which I had never heard of) as a birthday present.

My interests have really expanded since joining PSA. I enjoy all areas of photography and my main interests are street, macro, nature, monochrome and travel, along with my grandchildren's activities. Post-processing, for me, usually consists of cropping and tweaking brightness & contrast, with occasionally straightening and removing annoying objects. Post-processing is something I'm now learning. It's been a slow process with a 30-day Photoshop CC course that's going to take more than twice that long.

I'm interested in having my photos critiqued so I can improve my techniques.

I use a Nikon D500 and Fujifilm X-T20, with a variety of lenses.




Sarfaraz Choudhury

Sarfaraz Choudhury

Hello, myself Sarfaraz Choudhury. I am from Islampur, a small town in India. By profession I am a high school teacher. I started photography as a hobby but soon it became my passion. Being serious about photography I came in contact with Mr. Tirtha Dasgupta, PSA Country Membership Director -India and Founder Director School of Fototechnik, to learn different aspects of photography. It is he who inspired me. Through him I came to know about PSA and I joined it to learn and explore my passion. I am still an amateur in this field. I enjoy all areas of photography and my main interests are travel, portraits, monochrome and macro. I want to learn every genres of photography and for this I started with this macro group as I found it much more interesting. I am very excited about joining this group and I look forward to learn new skills and techniques. Hope you all support me and guide me with your valueable advises.
I have a Nikon D 5300 with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lens. I use reversal ring and extention tube for macro photography.




Stuart Ord

Stuart Ord

I am a 66-yr-old semi-retired chemical engineer, in which I specialise in technical safety studies of chemical factories. I live in Cheshire in the north west of England. Cheshire is a nice place, but I prefer my native Yorkshire for its variety and scenery.

I have been a photographer of sorts for a long time. I was loaned a camera by my Aunt when I was about 12. It was a little Voigtlander. I was hooked and started reading everything, and saved all my money until I was able to buy a Zenit 3M SLR when I was 14. I got a Saturday job in a camera shop when I was 16 to get a 2x tele converter, extension tubes and a Weston Master V. I took mainly colour slides and monochrome.

At Leeds University aged 20, I became the Chairman of the Photographic Society, and equipped our darkroom with a simple colour enlarger. Results were disappointing though due to the simple equipment. My wife bought me a Krokus enlarger and I had a mono and slide darkroom in our loft.

I went through various SLRs and lenses, the best being a Pentax MX with a motor drive and an early Tamron zoom, but by my 40s I got fed up with carting around a heavy case. Most of that time I was only doing record photography. Interest dwindled and I sold up in my early 40s.

I started to get interested again in my mid-50s as digital cameras became practicable. After a Canon compact I had a couple of bridge cameras, but dissatisfaction with their capability led me to getting my first DSLR, a Lumix G3, micro 4/3 as I was wary of the weight of DSLRs. After a couple of years I had outgrown the G3 and bought an Olympus OM-D EM5ii, which is light and very capable. That has now been relegated to the role of "take it everywhere camera", equipped with an Olympus 14-150mm lens. The new EM1ii became too tempting a year ago and so I bought one. It is a distinct step up from the 5ii in terms of shutter speed and focussing ability. I love its macro stack feature too.

I have a wide selection of Olympus and Panasonic lenses. And a Weston Euro Master! I keep adapting my lenses as Olympus bring out new ones where they seem to fit my aims of light weight, versatility and image quality.

I've joined two local camera clubs, in Wrexham and Whitchurch. I am mainly retired now, but am busier than ever with lots of hobbies. Photography has become the number one in terms of time happily consumed.

I can not specialise in any one branch of photography, they are all so interesting! But macro and monochrome do have a special interest to me. I use Serif Affinity Photo for most photo editing, but I have NIK Silver Efex 2 and Franzis Silver Projects for mono conversions as well. Comparing these on any image is quite interesting. I am a strong believer in a book I read in my teens which said something like, "If colour is important to your image, use colour; otherwise use monochrome". I think it is also true that mono should enhance a mono image, so strong form and/or texture are needed. Due to my darkroom days, I like monos to have all shades of grey from 0 to 255, but that is easier said than done.




Nilan Herath

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Tom Pickering

Tom Pickering

I'm a 60-something, born-again, computer geek, photographer, musician and one-time sword fight choreographer. I live & work (though now semi-retired) at web development and photography in Davenport, Iowa.

I've been capturing images, still & movie/video, for over 50 years now. I entered a dark room for the first time at age 13 and have been fascinated with the art of photography ever since. My first cameras were Kodak's - a Brownie and an 8mm movie camera. At the dawn of the digital photography age, I switched to digital and never looked back at film. I transitioned into professional photography in 2006, specializing in portraits, commercial and weddings, though I've since stopped shooting weddings to reduce stress.

Today, I am strictly a Nikon shooter, though I have been known to snap pics with my Android phone in a pinch. For lenses, I use a Sigma 18-200mm, Tamron 60mm Macro, Tokina 100-400mm, Tamron 200-500mm, & Nikkor 50mm 1.8.

I use Adobe Bridge for the organization of my images, jumping into Photoshop CC, On1 Photo Raw 2020, Exposure X4, Topaz Studio, Luminar 4, Affinity Photo, and others. Though I aim for everything right in the camera, I shoot RAW (& JPEG), so will always apply post-processing to some extent to all my images, especially my more artistic endeavors.

Formerly a vice president of the Quad Cities Photography Club, I have also served as a competition judge and projectionist there, as well as teaching various Photoshop skills. I am now the PSA Director of Study Groups, PID 2nd Vice Chair, and a judge for various PSA clubs & councils. I am the developer and webmaster of the PSA PID Digital Dialogue Study Group website, as well as one of the admins and a participant in several of the groups.

You can see my work on: SmugMug




Barbara Asacker

Barbara Asacker

Greetings,

I live in Massachusetts and am a member of a local camera club. I enjoyed taking photos for many years. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic. However, I always shot on auto mode. Three years ago after shooting on auto with my dslr I decided to find out what all those letters on the dial meant. So I joined a camera club. It opened up a new world of photography, and my learning journey began. Six months ago I bought a Macro lens and would like to learn more about shooting Macro images.
I shoot with a Nikon D500 and a Tamron 90mm 2.8, VC. Macro 1:1.




Carol Sheppard

Carol Sheppard

I live and work in Bellingham, and my photography is carried in several local stores between here and Seattle. My work covers everything from nature photography, including Macro and HDR, to long exposure, water drop, portrait and event, and some commercial work. I teach travel and photography classes for a local college and independently. Bellingham has beautiful trails, a plethora of large and small birds, the Sound, and lots of interesting events, so I never lack for something to do or photograph! My dog often accompanies me. I also have a son who is really taking some impressive images on more extreme hikes in the backcountry of California, and sometimes we travel together.

My favorite camera is my Canon 50d with a variety of Canon lenses, and I have also started to expand into Sigma and Tamron lenses. Recently, I began using an Olympus mirrorless camera with Zuiss lenses, and it is an impressive camera, not to mention LIGHTWEIGHT!!