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Sebastian’s Pages:

Pro Reviews
Canon PowerShot TX1
Kodak EasyShare Z885

Digital Photography Sharpening Guide
Fireworks Photography Guide

New Apple Notebooks
Adobe Lightroom 2.0 Beta
Apple Updates Aperture to 2.1
Alien Skin Image Doctor 2
Apple's Aperture 2.0 - Apple turns it up to 11
Epson P-5000
"The HDRI Handbook" - The current High Dynamic Range Bible
Flickr adds online editing capability
Photography Rain Gear
Apple OS X Leopard for Photographers
TrueGrain - Digital Film?
Imagewell - Resizing, compressing and editing images made easy
Joby Gorillapods - Hit and Miss Camera Support
Digital or film - Learn to love available light
Buying a Digital Camera - Don't Forget About the Photos
Digital Content Under Control - Keep Multiple Computers in Sync
A Better Finder Rename - Great OS X Photo Renaming Software
Digital Photography Sharpening Guide

Sebastian’s Equipment:

35mm Equipment
• Pentax K1000 Camera
Pentax 50mm f/2.0

Digital Camera System
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM

Lighting Equipment
2 AlienBees B800 Monolights
Sekonic L-358 Light Meter
• Assorted light stands, umbrellas and softboxes

Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod
• Bogen/Manfrotto 3249 Monopod
• Bogen 3265 Grip-Action Ballhead

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Crescent Moon Creative

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General Digital Cameras Forum Moderator, Sebastian Szyszka

About Sebastian

I was born in Poland, lived there for seven years, moved to Germany where I lived for three years, and ended up in the US in 1989. I always knew I'd be here, for as long as I can remember my mom wanted to join her father in America. And for as long as I can remember, my mother was into technology.

By the time I started school I had already been exposed to an Atari computer (that we imported) and I tried my hand at using it to draw. So the technology bug bit early, and it bit hard. As I grew up I had all sorts of calculators, electronic toys, trains and remote control cars, and I disassembled all of them to one level or another. I've always wanted to know not only know HOW something works, but also WHY. At the same time, I really enjoyed taking pictures with my cheapo 110 camera. But I didn't really get into photography until I received a Polaroid camera as a present in Germany.

Fast forward a few years to my arrival in the US and things started to change. Photography was put way down on the priority list, and I started feeding my fascination with computers. In sixth grade I received a computer for Christmas and quickly learned all there was to know about it, which wasn't much considering how underpowered the thing was. The next year, around the same time, we upgraded to a then top of the line system, and that's when things took off. I got a copy of Photoshop 3.0 and Aldus Photostyler 2.0 and got connected to the internet through Compuserve. I met a great community of digital artists and started down a path of digital imaging with some great support behind me. In seventh grade I was doing 3D animation and illustration for our school newsletter. In junior high I was helping the school with computer and software choices for their desktop publishing program.

Sometime in the middle of all of this I took a trip back to Poland to visit family and friends. It was then that I had my first hands-on experience with a family member's SLR system, and the technical side of it all hooked me back into photography. When I arrived back in the states my grandfather bought me a Pentax K1000 which I still own.

Over the years my skills on the digital end started merging with my skills on the photographic side of things. Unfortunately, I was getting frustrated with my inability to record on film what my mind saw, and by the end of 1999 I resolved to make 2000 the year of change in my photographic development.

It all started with my purchase of a Nikon N80 and finding The people here helped me to recognize my strengths and weaknesses, and I used that understanding to learn how to more effectively communicate through my images.

I hope my understanding of the computer side of today's cameras, coupled with my passion for the art of photography, will help me be a good moderator for the Digital Camera Forum. Photography is complicated enough, and now having to learn the digital side of things as well can be pretty overwhelming.

I hope we at can make the learning process easier as well as fun. We have a great group of people here from all levels of experience who are more than willing to share what they know. I encourage you to take advantage of that.

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