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Jim McGill [photo444] 

Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
Yes http://photo444.com/
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
About 6 years, my wife bought me a Canon Rebel for Christmas and I discovered that I loved photography and story telling.
What has been your education as a photographer?
Mainly self taught, but some course Orange Coast Community College Costa Mesa CA
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
Anuvue Studios in Huntington Beach CA, Orange Coast College and most recently Free Tibet http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/cultural-photos
What is your favourite type of photography?
Documentary / Storytelling
What do you try to express through your photography?
The truth
How do you choose your subjects?
I seem to specialize in Nomadic lifestyle both home and abroad
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Clean my lenses
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
Go with the flow, I try to research the topic as much as possible so I have an idea of the direction I would like to go, but seldom does that plan work out so I mainly just go with the flow
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
Canon, I started Canon and all my gear is a collection of Canon
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Canon 5D bodies / 16-35 mm Canon EF / 24-70 mm Canon EF / 70-200 mm Canon EF / Mac Book Pro 15" / Adobe Lightroom 3 / Adobe CS5 / Lacie Tough Drives in the field / Lowe Pro Bags
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Adobe Lightroom / Adobe Photoshop CS5 / Adobe ACR
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
Embedded Metadata only
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
No and I could improve in everyway
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
Walker Evans / Dorthea Lange / Robert Capa
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
No because you still have to start with a great photo
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
Semi Nomadic, Artistic, Tobacco Pipe Smokers, Readers
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
Jon Risinger for weddings -- http://www.risingerphotography.com/
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
If it does not come to angle it will never stand out
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
Same principles I learned in martial arts, anticipate, strike
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Film in disposable cameras, Digital for everything else
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
No, it is either documentary and total crap abstract with very little in between
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
After Capture http://www.aftercapture.com/ PDN http://www.pdnonline.com
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
Don't use "unsharp mask" use "high pass" filter set to over;lay instead

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Yorba Linda CA USA

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