Michael Firstlight

Lives in United States Weaverville, NC, United States
Works as a Enthusiast of Life
Joined on Apr 5, 2007
About me:

After more than five decades since I developed and printed my first roll of Tri-X using a cocktail of D76, Dektol, Stop Bath and Fixer, photography runs through my veins. Actually, little has fundamentally changed - the silver halide platelets are just digital now :-)

I majored in photography, film, broadcasting, and journalism in college in the 70's, worked as staff for ABC-TV out of college - one of the original big three US-based TV networks, then took a job as a corporate staff photographer for Big Blue. I'm now back in my own studio full-time doing mostly portrait and wedding photography along with some commercial work.

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Are obsolete digital cameras obsolete? Open Talk 47 min ago
Metering with two lights or more Studio and Lighting Technique 1 hour ago
Why is 24 megapixels considered the "Sweet Spot" Open Talk 1 hour ago
Is it possible to be a Pro without doing weddings? (Landscapes, architecture, wildlife, underwater) Open Talk 6 hours ago
The Z9 and the Last Nikon DSLR? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 6 hours ago
Stand, Boom, and Large Softbox Recommendation Studio and Lighting Technique 8 hours ago
Why Digital Technology is not the Future of Photography Film Photography Talk 1 day ago
film vs digital Open Talk 1 day ago
Once you go Z, DSLRs are dead Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 day ago
Does anyone still go to workshops? Open Talk 2 days ago
Is There A Market For Selling Analog Film Photos? Film Photography Talk 2 days ago
Would a 500 megapixel camera give more zoom? Open Talk 2 days ago
What do you think? Which finger photo is sharper? Open Talk 4 days ago
If/Where to Start in Digital MF... Medium Format Talk 5 days ago
Is 60MP going to be the new standard? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 6 days ago
Which family photos are valued more, years later? Open Talk 1 week ago
Pretty nifty! New automatic fim processor Film Photography Talk 1 week ago
Why use an old digital camera in 2021? (a short essay piece) Open Talk 1 week ago
Anyone see a projected ship date for the Z9? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 2 weeks ago
Thom Hogan’s criticism on the Z9 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 2 weeks ago
Is the Z9 a game-changer for you? Nikon FX SLR (DF, D1-D5, D600-D850) Talk 2 weeks ago
What camera feature could be implemented already, yet isn't, and ticks you off? Open Talk 2 weeks ago
One thing that improved your photography Open Talk 3 weeks ago
Were CCD's actually bad, or ?? Open Talk 3 weeks ago
Dynamic range number of Z9 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 weeks ago
Non-NPS should brace themselves for a long wait for a Z9 Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 weeks ago
Bought my first Nikon DSLR Nikon FX SLR (DF, D1-D5, D600-D850) Talk 3 weeks ago
Count down in Nikon tech advantage in sensor and processor. Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 weeks ago
What's the attraction of F4? Really? Open Talk 3 weeks ago
What is your Thankfulness Level? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 weeks ago
The psychology of the shutter click Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 weeks ago
Which medium produces the best image: film or digital? Open Talk 3 weeks ago
Z9 sample raws in low light Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 3 weeks ago
Z What??? Nikon FX SLR (DF, D1-D5, D600-D850) Talk 4 weeks ago
Your favourite camera you’ve owned Open Talk 4 weeks ago
Z9 Unable to select LO ISO in Manual exposure mode Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 weeks ago
Poll: Do you consider yourself an artist, photographer, someone who take photos ? Open Talk 4 weeks ago
B&H Z9 Shipping Now Non-NPS Charged My Card Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 weeks ago
What is the essential gear of a photographer? (Digital) Open Talk 4 weeks ago
Z9 and NEF + JPEG Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 weeks ago
Z9 question - working as designed or first bug? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 4 weeks ago
Where do you see camera tech in 5 or 6 years ? Open Talk 1 month ago
Z9s timeline for NPS Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
Post Your RAINBOW Photographs... Open Talk 1 month ago
Z9: what are you really interested in knowing about? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
Which film camera should I buy? Film Photography Talk 1 month ago
Z9... delays and when did you order yours? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
Does NPS Z9 Preference at B&H & Adorama Violate "Truth in Advertising" Law? Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
Brad Hill’s take on Z9’s high iso Nikon Z Mirrorless Talk 1 month ago
A simple solution for a white background Studio and Lighting Technique 1 month ago