Michael Firstlight

Lives in United States Raleigh, 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.

Michael Firstlight's recent activity

  • I still have my Pentax MX - in good working order, great cam. Other than that I'd resurrect Kodachrome and CibaChrome. MFL
  • The real irony is that my film cameras will more than likely outlive my DSLRs. And yes, I still own a working rotary phone alongside my latest smartphone :-P MFL
  • The #1 problem with every thread debating the meaning of professional is due to the dual use of the term as both a noun and an adjective. Because of this every discussion inevitably devolves into ...
  • I have several DVDs of Dean's videos - I copied them years ago from VHS originals.  Can't agree more with others here - Dean was an innovator and a master; I cut my teeth on some of his ...
  • Amen. It's the same with software and computers, and services. If I can shave n% off of my time to do a job that allows me to be taking on more work, then the return on investment calculation ...
  • Most of the wedding photographers I personally know shoot dozens of wedding per year just to make a modest living. They don't have time to do the social media / instructional gig thing. They work ...
  • Exactly, you are seeing a small subset of pros that are not doing well enough with production work that they are branching out to use social media to make money outside of paid assignments.  They ...
  • When you are a full time working pro, your focus is mainly on 1) Marketing and managing the business 2) Your clients 3) Everything else other than gear 4) Gear ...in that order.  Being pro is 80% ...
  • Replied in My Pentax 67II
    I think we're on a roll.
  • Replied in My Pentax 67II
    A big, beautiful 6x7 SLR with AE finder and rosewood grip. MFL
  • I typically print 16x24" in house 75% of the time and print 24x36" about 20% of the time.  I have an Epson 7880 24" wide printer.  Most of my prints are sold in galleries or for commercial ...
  • Respectfully, I addressed the main subject title - which was indeed click-bait - foul #1. I also did not direct any insults or attacks to any individual or persons in this thread. I am entitled to ...
  • You profile your sensor along with profiling your monitor and printer (3 different profiles) to get accurate color, including skin tones. If you don't profile all three it's a crap shoot. Too many ...
  • Exactly. Also, the whole thing about each camera brand sensor having different color characteristics is a red herring. Few amateurs and enthusiasts know that when using LR and PS that you should ...
  • Replied in Not quite...
    Default color profile affects only JPEGs, and even that is adjustable in camera and in post. If someone cares enough about portrait quality then they'll either do the adjustments pre or post and ...
  • I'm a portrait pro - both formal in-studio and on-location using artificial light, natural light, and mixed lighting. Given the basic capabilities present in all modern digital cameras the camera ...
  • I grew up in the 60's.  I think my first camera was a miniature spy camera I bought from the back of Boy's Life magazine, followed by a White Polaroid 'Swinger" I obtained with a hundred or so ...
  • Tough choice - My Canon FTb was the simpleist and easiest to use.  My Nikon F2as was a joy to use. MFL
  • Replied in D1X
    My first SLR was my Nikon D1x that I still own and still fully operational. Incredible color with it's CCD sensor (which pre-dated CMOS sensors). Favorite? None of them - my favorite was and ...
  • Me too.... a hot tub. :-P
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