This page is about two topics that may not naturally go together – photography and IT Security. It just so happens that IT Security is my profession and photography my passion. Or in other words one allows me to do the other.
Since I bought my first DSLR camera in 2010, my photography improved dramatically. In fact every time I went out shooting I came back with better pictures than I had before.
I’ve read books and articles on the internet, watched online videos and went out to try every new technique I had learned. I’ve also become more critical about my pictures based on my own mistakes I identified. One of the things I’ve learned is that all the information you need to improve your photography is out there, it’s just a matter of spending the time (and sometimes money) to find it. Some stuff I’ve discovered was contradicting to information I already had and it took me some time to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong.
So I decided to share everything I know on this page, to make it hopefully easier for people who just got into photography to find the information they need to take better pictures.
There are a couple of Pro photographers out there who helped me a great deal with their books, videos and advice, including (in no particular order): Scott Kelby, Cliff Mautner, Moose Peterson among many others.
Information Technology & Security
Technology is awesome – most of the time at least. It helps us get things done quicker and at the end of the day it can simplify your life. To make sure your digital life, including all the sensitive information (banking, social security number…) does not fall into the wrong hands, let’s say if your laptop, iPad, iPhone, SD card or whatever else you may have, gets lost or stolen, we need IT Security to protect (encrypt) it. I’ve been in IT (security) all my life but got really hooked when I first installed SuSE Linux in high school.
On this page I’d like to share some of the lessons I’ve learned, teach you some best practices and tell you what tools and procedures I use to keep my information safe.
Vital Stats: Age 30, born and raised in Salzburg (Austria), lives in the greater Atlanta area
Occupation: President (Americas Region) for SECUDE IT Security
Interests/Hobbies: Photography, IT Security, Competitive Shooting, Traveling, Apple
Accomplishments: 2x Austrian Champion over 100m, Youngest Austrian 100m Champion since 1945, 5th place at the European Junior Championships over 100m, became an IDPA Master Class Shooter in less than a year, turned my passion for IT Security into a successful career in the US, found and married the most beautiful girl Costa Rica has produced, managed to not pass out again while skydiving (and survived the first jump).
Last Book Read: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Favorite Restaurants: Eclipse di Luna (Dunwoody), Pure (Alpharetta), Anis (Buckhead), Panda Express (believe it or not)
Favorite Music (in no particular order): The Cranberries, Boehse Onkelz, Luis Enrique, Don Omar, Kaoma, Shakira, Gipsy Kings, Miranda!, Colin Hay, Alejandro Sanz, Ricchi E Poveri, Toto Cotugno, Reinhard Fendrich, Manzanita, STS, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Baute, Gloria Estéfan, Roxette
Favorite Movies (in no particular order): Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, James Bond
Favorite TV Shows (in no particular order): Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, Burn Notice
Favorite Food: Wiener Schnitzel, Schweinsbraten (Austrian), Gallo Pinto, Tamales, Carne Mechada (Costa Rican), Steak (American), Sushi (Japanese)
Computer Setup: 15″ Macbook Pro, 27″ iMac