CJ Schmit

CJ Schmit

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Who am I? That's a loaded question but the high level answer is a man who has always felt deep down inside that I had a creative side but didn't know what it was till about 2004. It was at that time when I started to play around with a camera and people started to tell me I had an eye for it. It was then that I started to look further into the hobby that had also been a hobby for my deceased father. I can not name the style of photography I do since really it is just me shooting what I see at the time. I have no formal schooling and have learned all I know through people I know, books I have read and my own personal trial and errors. I have been told by some what I do is wrong and against the "rules" but to me there is only one rule in art, to each their own.
  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8
  • Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 di ld (if) macro af
  • Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM
  • 498RC2 Midi Ball Head
  • Canon 430EX Speedlite
  • Manfrotto 055XB Tripod

Just an Intro

Published May 26th, 2011

I have contemplated writing here since I set up my account but haven't been sure what to say. I have been trying to get the feel for the people on this site but really haven't grasped it yet. Two things I have learned is that this site has some incredible work but also there are some very tough critics on this site. Not always a bad thing because it helps one grow to be better at photography but it would be helpful to know why someone marked your work down and what they think needs to be improved.

The one thing I do like here is the nice large size that photos are displayed in. Really gives the viewer a chance to see the sharp details that a lot of the photos here seem to have. I also like the very clean layouts, some sites get so cluttered and the photos seem to get lost in the clutter but here, the photos are the main stage as they should be.

So what does it take to be some of the top photographers here? I honestly have a few photos here that have done very well on other site ...

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