RickBuddy

Lives in United States Benton Harbor, MI, United States
Works as a Creative Director, Product Planner
Joined on Dec 27, 2009
About me:

I've worked in advertising agencies for over 30 years, as a writer, art director,
creative director, planner and analyst

I enjoyed photography as a child. After a prostate cancer dx, I made a
commitment to enjoy life more. I quit putting off what I enjoy, and I am here to learn
how to improve so I can enjoy photography more.

I have a very good design sense -- at least the awards in the books and on the walls
seem to confirm it. But I want to improve technically as a photographer.

I learned a lot with my companion Argus C-3 and a darkroom as a kid. Light, density
and that kind of stuff. But forgot a lot, too. Digital cameras baffle me. I put mine on
'M' and don't bother much with the tomfoolery. BUT, I love manual white balance.

I have friends who help me learn stuff. I read a lot. And I'm dedicated to working hard
to improve. I supervise shoots (studio and field) and sometimes I model, so I know
how hard photographers work.

I own a Nikon D90 and I'm learning and purchasing equipment. Recently I upgraded to a D810, mostly for professional build, pro control layout, and mirror up function. Needless to say, I'm dumbfounded by the step up. What this camera can do is quite remarkable.

When I enter challenges, I approach them as class assignments. I don't have a big portfolio of photos to rely on. I had a lifetime of photos, along with a few thousand taken from a year's
sabbatical on the road, stolen from me.

That is OK. I am here to learn. I always take constructive criticism well. Except when I
don't.

I hope to make a lot of friends here and share information and some good shots.

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Confused About Gimball Heads for Wildlife Nature and Wildlife Photography 4 weeks ago
sports and 6 vs 10 FPS Sport and Action Photography 1 month ago
D750 or D810 Sport and Action Photography 2 months ago
Why does everyone hate Ken Rockwell? Open Talk 2 months ago
Best Way to Handle A Very Unprofessional Request... Pro Digital Talk 9 months ago
Lot's of questions Beginners Questions 10 months ago
What kind of photographer I want to be Pro Digital Talk 10 months ago
Best way to grow childrens photography business? Pro Digital Talk 10 months ago
All jokes aside, the Iphone 7's camera is a real problem for the consumer ILC Open Talk 10 months ago
"The Death of Consumer Cameras", by Tony Northrup Open Talk 10 months ago
Buying a new mac.. are these specs good for photoshop and photo editing? Mac Talk 11 months ago
Lens for Rio Olympics Sport and Action Photography 11 months ago
Worth waiting for the Canon 5D Mark IV? News & Rumors Talk 11 months ago
First interior photography job. Opinions needed Pro Digital Talk 11 months ago
Do you feel that sting, Nikon? Nikon SLR Lens Talk 11 months ago
Sigma lens paint flaking Pro Digital Talk 11 months ago
How do you get your significant other to approve camera purchases? Open Talk 11 months ago
Create "video" of several shots with music and captions. How? Beginners Questions 11 months ago
Help me make a "Smart" purchase. Upgrading from DX body Nikon FX SLR (DF, D1-D5, D600-D810) Talk 11 months ago
Some American Goldfinch Photos Nature and Wildlife Photography 11 months ago
Photography Equipment Insurance Nikon FX SLR (DF, D1-D5, D600-D810) Talk 11 months ago
What it feels like to finish a 192 mile bike ride. Sport and Action Photography 11 months ago
How long will it take to learn photography? Open Talk 11 months ago
What to do about stubborn client who thinks she's a cinematographer? Open Talk 11 months ago
Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon SLR Lens Talk Jul 25, 2016
The woman with the flowing dress in Baton Rouge Open Talk Jul 24, 2016
Cheap Telephoto Lens for Nikon D5500 Nikon SLR Lens Talk Jul 24, 2016
Public Photography: Being legally right... Open Talk Jul 22, 2016
Should i wait for the Nikon D850 or buy the Canon 5Ds r? News & Rumors Talk Jul 21, 2016
This might sound silly! Can i use Macro kit to focus on the Moon Beginners Questions Jul 21, 2016
Nikon D760/D620 vs Nikon D500? Full vs Cropped 2016 Nikon FX SLR (DF, D1-D5, D600-D810) Talk Jun 23, 2016
Best Mac for photo-editing Mac Talk Jun 23, 2016
Best type of glasses (lens) for doing Photoshop? Mac Talk Jun 1, 2016
Which first? Upgrade to El Captian or switch from Aperture to Lr? Mac Talk Jun 1, 2016
Here in the USA, it's called kidnapping. Off Topic Apr 21, 2016
Are you going to "punish" Nikon if there is no V4 at CP+? Nikon 1 System Talk Apr 19, 2016
J5 w/ 10-100mm lens kit discontinued Nikon 1 System Talk Apr 18, 2016
Can you guys explain the dynamic range fervor Open Talk Apr 11, 2016
Some sensible analysis of the Nikon 1 / DL debate - at last! Nikon 1 System Talk Apr 11, 2016
Since when are digital cameras competitive? Open Talk Apr 11, 2016
acquired a V1, now I get it. Nikon 1 System Talk Apr 6, 2016
Has anyone tested Nikon1 with NIKKOR 80-400mm f.4.5-5.6G ED? Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 31, 2016
Nikon interview is up... Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 29, 2016
What is the greatest trait a photographer can have? Open Talk Mar 24, 2016
Dear Nikon: please announce n1 v3 successor NOW, or at any rate tommorrow Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 23, 2016
Nikon 1 future unsure according to Nikon Rumors Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 14, 2016
If Nikon does phase out V series . . . Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 4, 2016
Can I get some constructive criticism of this photo? Beginners Questions Feb 24, 2016
The ONE Ft-1 lens Nikon 1 System Talk Feb 21, 2016
Mac Mini & Photo Editing Mac Talk Feb 13, 2016