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Gene McCullagh

I am an Adobe Community Professional and an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop, and InDesign, an avid Lightroom fan.

I discovered photography when I was about 14. My parents gave me a small Yashica camera for graduation and I just started clicking away. Realizing rather quickly that every click cost money, I explored the magical (and messy) world of the darkroom. That saved money and let me continue my black & white exploration of the world. Somewhere between then and now life sped up and photography slowed down. Several years ago I reacquainted myself with digital photography. It's amazing how quickly 1 megapixel cameras have grown!

I now do some freelance photography ranging from portraits to landscapes to product shots. The challenge for me in this digital age is to slow down and not just rapid fire images. Yes, I know every click is virtually free now, but getting it right in the camera still has its merits!

I belong to the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). I am also the Co-Founder, Manager and a frequent blogger for the Dallas Fort Worth Adobe User Group (DFWAUG).

In addition to running a website called Lightroom Secrets ( dealing with Lightroom and photography, I also contribute to O'Reilly's media blog, moderate on the Adobe forums, and help out on

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