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Summary of Photographic Skills and Experience
Hector L. Rivera Perez
Professional Experience: I have been an avid photographer for over 30 years. Started in 1977 as my High School class newsletter photographer with an old Minolta camera. In collage I collaborated with the school newspaper and upgraded my equipment to an Olympus N1 camera with a 50mm and a 50-150 zoom lens. In 1980 I was invited to the Miss Universe Pageant in Puerto Rico as a staff photographer. In 1982 I was introduced to medium formats with a Mamiya RB67 by the University of Puerto Rico lead photographer and became a member of Professional Photographers of America. During that time I covered numerous events for the University of Puerto Rico newspaper at the Cayey campus and also work on wedding and models photography. In 1983 I graduated from the Casa Aboy Photography Academy and became a Basic Photography instructor at the Department of Continue Education of the University of Puerto Rico. From 1998 to 2006 I was the Unit Photo-Historian for the 65th Regional Readiness Command, US Army Reserve. From 2007 to 2010 I served as the Unit Photo-Historian for the 54th Quartermaster Company, US Army
Exhibition List: From 1981 to 1984 I was a consistent contributor to the, Aibonito Annual Manual Arts Festival Photography Exhibition in Puerto Rico. I also exposed my work at the University of Puerto Rico in 1983 and 1984 in individual exhibitions. In 1985 I sold a series of large print of my work to Mutual Life Insurance that was in permanent exhibition at their Puerto Rico office for several years.
Publications: At the moment my work have not been published but samples of my art can be found in several site in internet
Academic Experience: I am a graduate of Casa Aboy Photography Academy in Puerto Rico. I have not taken any other formal photography classes since then. I have dedicated countless hours studding the work of prominent photographers and reading articles about photography. I used the ePhotoZine site as a source of information on techniques and advice and to share experience and comments with photographers around the world. I am very familiar with lighting set ups, light meters, F-stops, ASAs, composition, etc.
Skills and Interests: I am very skill in portrait and wedding photography. Highly proficient in the use of external lighting. I am an expert user of all Microsoft applications and very good with Adobe Photoshop 7.0. I also use Picasa and Corel PrintShop. I always look for ways to better capture live and reality, that is what interest my.
Cameras: Nikon D90, Minolta Maxxum 5000i
Lenses: Nikon DX VR AF-S 18-105 3.5 ED, Nikon AF 70-300 4.5, Minolta Auto-focus 50mm
Asus Laptop PC running Windows Vista, 2 GB SD RAM, 170 GB Hard Drive and 1 TB external.
Photoshop 7.9, and CS5 but currently using the 7.0 version
Other: It is my belief that anyone can take a good picture but it takes someone with the talent, dedication and right skill set to make extraordinary photographs, someone with vision, someone that is able of looking and not just seeing. While the dedication and talent is a personal attribute it can be polished by education providing the appropriate set of skills. Success takes commitment, creativity and hard work.