I used to do my own darkroom work in B&W but Since Digital Photography became affordable my first camera was a 7.2 Exilim that I loved until I retired and discovered the iPhone and iPad 4.
I follow each of you videos and understand issues using depth of field, composition, some HDR but would like to stick with affordable apps or inexpensive Windows based touch up software. I started many years ago working in Chicago for the family company and volunteered to create the company product catalog - Continental Glass Company who was a glass and plastic bottle distributor and realized how much I didn't understand on photographing glass. I ultimately gave up after realign how much I had to learn. Composition was not the problem, learning to work with the reflections in glass was something far different than dealing with buildings and nature scenes.
In 1978 I moved to California after losing my family job at the glass company and became a structural engineer. I'm retired now and returned to my hobbies in music (Guitar playing and Digital Music Workstations) and digital photography using my iPhone, iPad and Apps to enhance my hobby.
I do this for my own pleasure and would like some help deciding on Apps or Windows 7 software in a lower cost range to use to enhance my work. I understand using layers as I did in drafting in AutoCAD which was a staple to my engineering practice. I enjoy the behind the camera work and have found great photos done by accident by friends that could be so much more with time spent on digital effects.
What would you recommend for an old guy on a fixed and limited income to enhance the work I found to have potential for something better.
I returned to a new world of creativity in music though guitar and a library of affordable Apps.
I was overwhelmed by what you have accomplished that you have become my inspiration. There are less obstructions today than ever before. I dreamed of being part of a band again in my senior years and now I'm learning that I am the band and through our unlimited creativity there are no obstacles to our own creative minds.
I'm subscribed to your YouTube page and will be following you! Your emotions and heart are so clearly felt in your renditions of songs that have been favorites for years. I'd very much like to hear your own creations as well! Thank you so much!
Dick Cheney will go to his grave defending his decision to invade Iraq ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/dick-cheney-iraq-war) and his claim that waterboarding interogation methods were not considered torture (supported by the leagle team hired by then Vice President Dick Cheney). As a progressive I caught on to Cheney's scam when I read a wonderfully writter article published in Mother Jones Magazine called "The Lie Factory" by Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest. The entire complicated scam beginning with the actions that outted ex-CIA employee Valerie Plame who was engaged to ..."former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, had traveled to Niger on the CIA's behalf to investigate claims that Iraq had arranged to purchase ..." Weapons grade Uranium. The article follows the coverup link all the way back to President Bush. To help the reader a flowchart was provided to show the path of lies through the White House organizational Chart. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the original flowchart online but the entire article can be found on www.motherjones.com and searching for either Robert Dreyfuss and finding the link for The Lie Factory" published in the January/February 2004 edition or trying http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2004/01/lie-factory .
I have never understood why this well written article has never been referenced on any of the Political Talk Shows on the Cable line up but as the in- fighting is now working against the last administration, set afire by the claimes of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) who today made the accusation that Dick Cheney was representing his own best interest by supporting the invasion of Iraq as a reason to recommed the no-competion contractural hireing of Haliburten Company (which Dick Cheney was the CEO for the previous five years before becomming VP) who had construction crews in the Middle East and were ready to name their own price to create an infrastructure into Iraq that would assist creating roads and moving supplies to and from troops as the Invasion started. For years Cheney has been accused of breaking the Conflict of Interest laws. (Ref: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/gries/howbushoperates/haliburton.html).
- Self-Employed Professional EngineerRetiredStructural Engineering, 1986 - 2010
60+ old Married Man and Grandfather of six - Structural Engineering Consultant - Licensed in California (Currently in forced retirement) and strong Progressive Liberal.
Guitarist - Finger-style blues (Delta, Piedmont & Rag), Celtic & English (finger-style) and Electric Blues (Chicago).
Dog owner: Two Golden Retrievers and a Chocolate Lab.
- Niles North High SchoolGrades 9-12, 1964 - 1968
- Southern Illinois Univ.Pre-Engineering, 1969 - 1970
- University of Illinois at ChicagoArchitecture, 1970 - 1972
- Loyola Marymount UniversityCivil Engineering, 1980 - 1985
- California State University - NorthridgeStructural Engineering, 1984 - 1986
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