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It's an RGB world! Like many photographers, I worked with film and film cameras for many years.  35mm was always my milieu, but I also worked in the 4x5 and 21⁄4 formats extensively.  As films evolved, the format became less and less significant, and my work evolved as technology advanced.  When the digital revolution came, around the time of the dot.com bust here in San Francisco, I was ready to abandon the darkroom (where I happily developed and printed my clients  photos for over 20 years) in favor of the desktop, where many enhancements to the photographic process are possible that were never dreamed of in the bad old analogue days (when highly hazardous chemicals were normal operating procedure, especially for color photography).  Now I bring my experience of many years working with analogue materials   cameras, film, photographic paper, etc.   to the new and exciting world of digital imaging.   There is no loss of detail or  reality  with a digital photograph   in fact many of us believe that a digital image actually matches reality more closely than film ever could. Just as I used to experiment with new films and innovative processing techniques (infrared film was an early favorite of mine and I made Cibachrome prints in my studio darkroom for many years), so now I am eager to see how the digital technology can enhance my work.  This is not about changing reality   although that is certainly possible, and digital retouching is now standard with my portrait work   but rather about documenting reality in as aesthetically satisfying a way as possible.  With my various digital cameras, almost all Nikons, I can capture the color of a flower or a fruit with startling accuracy   see my flower portfolio in this website.  But I can also capture the essence of a personality, in a headshot or a portrait, in a way that was not possible with the more primitive film systems.  And of course the savings to the ecology are enormous: no longer do I require a permit from the EPA to maintain a darkroom; no longer do I need to bottle up my used chemicals and cart them down to the Hazardous Waste dump in South San Francisco (and pay to have them disposed of) and no longer do I need gallons of water per minute required with conventional photographic processing.  Rather than suffering, the quality of my work has actually improved by leaps and bounds.  Now I have the same degree of control with color photographs that I used to have in the darkroom with black-and-white: correcting skin-tones, hair-color, daylight balance, etc., are all now not only possible but actually routine.   In the studio, my lighting remains basically the same: I have been a student of studio lighting techniques for my entire career, and frequently will use up to 5 strobes-lights to get the effect that I am looking for.  On the other hand, sometimes a single light creates the most dramatic and effective photograph. As noted above, every photo is tailored to the needs of the individual client, but tempered by my many years of experience.  One of the great advantages of digital photography is the ability to see and evaluate each image instantly, to make minor adjustments in lighting, exposure (f-stop) and background, not to mention touching up hair, make-up (if used), details of clothing, etc.  My general habit is to show the client a sample from the first few moments of shooting to see if any adjustments are necessary. We make usually minor changes, then proceed with the shooting.  At the end of the session, we look at the photos together to make sure we are both satisfied.  If not, we go back to work to get exactly the right image.  In the old days, I would shoot Polaroids   often several in the course of a shooting   with the attendant delay, caustic chemicals (the labels bore dire warnings about exposing skin to the developing gel) and problems of disposal.  The process is simpler now, and the results are fabulous.
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