Charles G. Haacker
Charles G. Haacker
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I'm more of a craftsman than an artist. I’m a skilled technician who loves mostly documentary photography. I like to see and portray it as it is. I was a full-time working professional photographer for over 30 years, most of it self-employed with my own studio. I know how to get the picture, under any conditions, but if my stuff is boring it’s maybe because it’s almost all “straight” photography. On the other hand, I pretty much never show anything unfinished except as a before-and-after example. I am probably a snapshooter but I like to kid myself that I make quality snapshots. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I worked in every format from 35mm through 8x10" view camera. My bread-and-butter was public relations, portraits, and weddings. Nowadays I tend to prefer landscapes, flowers, museums, and my very young but rapidly growing granddaughter.
I like to keep it as simple as possible. In 2007 I acquired a tiny digital Nikon L12 point-and-shoot, quickly upgraded to a Nikon P5000. In spring 2011 I upgraded to the Nikon P7000, an impressively sophisticated tool, raw capable, yet still compact enough to suit me. In 2014 I upgraded to a Nikon P7800, which I loved for its electronic viewfinder. In 2016 I again upgraded to a Sony RX-10 for its 1” sensor. In 2018 I finally upgraded to what I joke is a “Big Boy” camera, a mirrorless Sony A6300 with a half-frame APS-C sensor. I’m not a gearhead. I love zooms. I rarely use flash, preferring available light (or "available dark"). I use few accessories except my beloved monopod (with shooter's wye rest), rarely a tripod, sometimes a "stringpod," and occasionally a polarizer.
I am a “sharp freak.” I will trash a potentially good picture if it is not sharp. Every image is tweaked, JPEG and raw — reworked, post-processed — because I spent far too many years in a darkroom dodging and burning and flashing not to. I tend to think of every capture as analogous to a negative, and the negative is not the finished photograph. The legendary Ansel Adams likened the negative to a musical score and the print to a performance. You could print the same negative multiple times and get different final results. I like that concept. Up until 2015 I shot only jpegs. Early in 2015 I started shooting in raw, and there IS a difference! As of 2020 I shoot 100% raw processed using Adobe Creative Cloud (Lightroom and full-dress Photoshop). I cherish Lightroom, and I learn something new every single day.
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Chuck è un vero amico. Lui dice di non essere un artista, bensì un tecnico, in campo fotografico. Io non credo, e sapete perchè? Perchè lui è un artista come essere umano: lui sa cosa dire, quando dirlo, ti offre il suo aiuto, non solo tecnico. Io non lo conosco personalmente,probabilmente non ci conosceremo mai, vivia… Read more
Chuck è un vero amico. Lui dice di non essere un artista, bensì un tecnico, in campo fotografico. Io non credo, e sapete perchè? Perchè lui è un artista come essere umano: lui sa cosa dire, quando dirlo, ti offre il suo aiuto, non solo tecnico. Io non lo conosco personalmente,probabilmente non ci conosceremo mai, viviamo in Paesi troppo distanti. ma so per certo che lui è un buon marito e un buon padre, così come è un buon amico.Ergo:lui ha un'anima troppo grande per non poter essere un artista ( e anche un insegnante) in campo fotografico. Chuck is a true Friend. He says he's not an artist, but a technician, in the field of photography. I do not believe, and do you know why? Because he is an artist as a human being: he knows what to say, when to say, he offers his help, and not only technical. I do not know him personally, probably we never will meet us, we live in Countries too far, but I’ m sure that he is a good husband and good father, just as he is a good friend..Ergo: he has a soul too big for not being an artist (and teacher) in the field of photography too.Read less
A quite miraculous and friendly person. Somebody takes from itself the time for pictures and also for comments. I am glad about each of his comments! Greetings Elariana.