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 until they shut down the in-house operation, after which I became a software engineer and have been for three+ decades since. I still design, develop, and support massive-scale enterprise software and systems. I still do photography on the side as an avocation, have had my own brick and mortar gallery, and get hired out on occasion for specialty commercial gigs just to stay active and relevant until I retire from the better paying job and can afford to return to my first love full time.

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  • Very nice teaching tool if you can't bring gear in to do a live demo. Mike
  • Seems to me you asked a simple question about lighting and got an earful about whether you should or shouldn't shoot a wedding, I'd have asked the original question over in the lighting forum - ...
  • I do think those of us raised on film for decades have a unique advantage in this regard; we don't chimp and many of us treat every frame as if we're conserving the last frame on a  roll of film; ...
  • I found these work better than sandbags as clamp-able counterweights (they come in different weights): https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5367-REG/Manfrotto_022_022_Counter_Balance_Weight.html ...
  • Replied in Fog machine
    I'll await others recommendations for a good machine. I had one of those DJ fog machines I picked up at a local music store (Sam Ashe here) but I ended up not using it very much as it generated ...
  • Yes, he did, so what he'd need would depend on volume.  If it's a part time biz then a Photothem Sidekick or larger Jobo ATL unit might be the best option for low volume production work (see my ...
  • I assume you are thinking about the larger commercial processors used in drug stores and such that are mostly going to the scrap heap like the Noritsu's? You are right that they are prohibitive ...
  • FYI.... Cibachrome paper and chemistry has been long gone for many years.    All it needed was a drum and a simple roller and it was great (used it for years), and the bleach, while caustic, had a ...
  • You've obviously never used a Photothem Sidekick - I have and use mine regularly - perfect processing every time, incredibly consistent, precise, zero film scratches - you have no basis for such ...
  • Not much upkeep or servicing at all with a Phototherm Super Sidekick. See my post below: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62537330 Regards, MIke
  • I know exactly what you are asking as I've done it myself (I read through the responses here and many are utterly clueless - but this is a digital forum with no respect for those of us that do ...
  • ....and I haven't given up - takes multiple voices! Mike
  • I don't think its gender specific - I've seen folks in camera club shoots gravitate to those with the likes of a D4/D5  - even though it make no logical sense and says nothing about the skill of ...
  • Expertise is also about being fully informed. If one jumps off a cliff several times with no negative results without understanding why, that sixth jump might be quite disappointing (for a few ...
  • When someone asks a question I try my best to share what I've learned over my 50 years of photographic experience. I was formally trained and spent a chunk of those five decades as a working pro ...
  • Yes, that could work for the lighter rolls.  The 105' and 150' long rolls though are heavy - so for those something stronger would be needed. Mike
  • Exactly.  Imagine if we had to buy from a retailer - I don't think PCB would have done full replacements when I had issues and upgrades.  It's also one reason why their service is stellar compared ...
  • I use these Manfrotto weights because they are adjustable - whether on the end or middle of a boom arm or on a leg or post of a light stand to keep the stands from blowing over if the umbrella ...
  • My, how presumptuous of you to judge my skills Donald. I have 50 years of photographic experience - quite a few as a full time professional and instructor. I make use of every bit of the most ...
  • No amount of technology or automation can improve creativity; it only removes barriers to expressing that creativity.  Technically perfect junk is still junk. Michael Show me images that reach the ...
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