BetterPhoto Member: Christopher J. Budny


member since 10/3/2005
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In September 2005, I bought my first camera (a Sony DSC-H1 5.1mp "near-SLR" point & shoot.) I shot like crazy on it, gaining an understanding of the various shooting modes & exposure controls. I picked up Jim Miotke's BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography with that camera--which led me to this site--and I recommend the book to anyone new to photography. (Several years later now, I am especially proud that a handful of my images were selected by Jim Miotke and his co-author Kerry Drager, for inclusion in their 2 newest photography books, published in 2011 and 2012.)

In April 2007, I upgraded to the Canon 400XTi/Rebel dSLR; a terrific camera which also introduced me to RAW shooting during a BP class. I upgraded again in Dec. 2009, to the Canon 7D, which brought better ISO response, expanded metering & focusing systems, and a few other nifty features. Then in Dec. 2013, I finally went "full-frame" with the Canon 6D. (I miss some features of the 7D, but love the even better ISO response!)

My gear now includes the wide angle EF 16-35 f/2.8L, the EF 24-105 f/4L IS, the EF 50mm f/1.4, the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS, and my newest, most challenging lens - the TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift. I use an Induro carbon fiber tripod and a Really Right Stuff ballhead, a wired shutter remote control, and the Angle-Finder C viewfinder attachment (my favorite accessory by far!) Nowadays, I edit primarily in Lightroom5, sometimes dipping into Photoshop CS4 and the NIK Software plug-in suite (which is wonderful!); all running on a MacBook Pro 15" laptop.

I love architecture, and it is one of my favorite subjects (followed by macro images, travel photography & landscapes). I am drawn to strong design elements, and love repeating, receding subjects. I generally aim to produce realistic images using available light (I have no flash gear). My goal is continual learning & technical improvement, and honing my artistic style.

I have served as a volunteer docent at Washington National Cathedral since 1995; it has been a favorite photography stomping ground and you could say I learned photography there. The substantial damage caused by 2011's 5.8M Virginia earthquake is truly heartbreaking. The earthquake repairs will require perhaps 10 years, and will run into tens of millions of dollars (all of which must be raised privately; the cathedral receives no federal or taxpayer funding, and is not covered by earthquake insurance.)
Please consider lending your support; visit
nationalcathedral.org for details.

Thanks for looking and feel free to contact me!

--cjb 3/14

A link to my other online gallery, arranged in subject matter albums, is below: