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We all came to RetouchPro.com because we are interested in editing photos -- retouching new or old images, restoring damaged images, or creating painterly impressions from a photo.

Everything we do here starts with the photographic image.

The image came first. That is where my fascination still lies.
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Hey, parents - want to shoot your kids? ;-)

Posted 06-21-2008 at 06:59 PM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)

From Strobist.com (a website devoted to helping digital photographers learn "how to use off-camera flash with your dSLR to take your photos to the next level.") "...Jason Lee's long-term project photographing his two daughters, Kristin and Kayla... He has spent the last few years documenting his kids with photos that are beautiful, funny, whimsical and poignant. Dinnertime, sick days, water fights, Christmas -- anything is fair game for one of Jason's photos. Or a little after-the-fact...
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Tips from a sports photog -- nope, not me!

Posted 01-30-2008 at 02:02 PM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)

I've never been athletic, nor well-coordinated, but I have had some favorite sports teams -- the Chicago White Sox when I was in grade/high school (Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio), the Pittsburgh Steelers, and, of course, the PHOENIX SUNS. I've been impressed with some of the great sports photos, and appreciative of the skill and timing necessary to capture some of these shots.

There was a link at the DGrin forum that I followed and found this guy's site -- he has the credentials, the photos,
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Are you a member of a camera / photography club?

Posted 01-21-2008 at 12:45 AM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)

I've thought off and on over the years about joining a camera club, but backed off for several different reasons -- 1. Meetings were always in another city and required driving thru traffic at night to attend. 2. I'd heard from members of some groups that clubs could be very formal and strict -- Robert's Rules of Order for meetings and strict guidelines for photo submissions -- didn't sound like me. 3. Some initial shyness.

Last week I decided to use the internet search engine (not...
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I love to learn!

Posted 12-06-2007 at 12:30 AM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)
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Photography has many aspects which draw me to it, and one of the most powerful is its endless learning curve. Photography is a wonderful mix of technology, art, and all the thousands of subjects which it can be used to explore.

We can practice and study the technical side of exposure, lighting, and post-processing, as well as the artistic viewpoints of self-expression, communication to an audience, artistic integrity and reality vs creativity.

Add to this mix all the subjects...
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Oops, my excuse isn't working -- yet.

Posted 12-04-2007 at 12:11 AM by CJ Swartz (First there was Photography...)
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Hmmm, my "acceptable reason" for plunking down the money on a DSLR was currently to help make good photos for the County shelter as part of my volunteer assignment. (I've thought of other "good reasons" in the past, but none were good enough to work until now.)

But, the photos still didn't turn out well. I used the kit lens and it is about the same speed as my Fuji, so that didn't help. The Nikon focuses closer, and I was hoping it would focus faster, which I think...
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