Is it possible for a professional photographer to use a FOSS-based
I’m a professional photographer based out
of Miami, Florida. I learned photography on my own, starting at age 12, with
a Yashica TL Electro 35mm film SLR. In college, I discovered I also
had quite an affinity for computers and programming, so I got my degrees in
that field. I landed an IT job in county government, and photography
took a back seat in my life until two things happened: I became a father,
and the digital revolution came to the world of photography.
I dove into digital photography as it made practicing my art economical
in the extreme. Having a child meant plenty of opportunities to take
photos. All of my photographer friends suddenly needed someone who could
understand both computers and photography, and I was conveniently placed
to help them.
I turned pro in 2008, when a local ballet troupe asked me to photograph
their performance of The Nutcracker. Other performances followed, and my
skills were further honed. I later was asked by the late Pedro Pablo
to photograph his International Ballet Festival, which I did for two years.
Fast-forward to 2014 when I started a photography club at my day job
and offered free photography lessons, once a month, to any fellow
employees willing to listen.
In 2017, at the behest of my club members, I was asked to assemble a
low-cost photography laptop configuration, as many of my students wanted to
expand their photographic skills in the post-processing side of digital
completed my task, assembling a reasonable portable digital darkroom for
less than $700 USD that included all necessary photo-editing software
with no recurring monthly fees, an upgraded hard drive and a colorimeter.
The laptop turned out so well, I decided to take the plunge myself and
converted my Windows 10 workstation (custom-built by me) to a dedicated
FOSS photography workstation.
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