Mickey Rountree Bio

I have been a photographer since the late 70's when I inherited my Dad's Canon Ftb 35mm. In 1978, after moving to Chattanooga, I entered and won my first photography contest. That picture prompted one of my friends to refer me to the photography program at Cleveland State. So from 1979 to 1981, I completed the photography courses for an Associate Degree in Photography at Cleveland State Community College under Jerry Berman.

I've been doing portraits and glamour and some commercial work since the mid-'80s. For the last few years, my personal work has involved HDR photography of anything old, and also airshow photography. In the last couple of years, I have started doing more travel and landscape photography and also teaching workshops. Also lately I have done some black and white infrared photography with a 5D Mark II converted by Lifepixel.

For years I worked with 35mm, 6X7, and 4X5 formats in black and white and color. After getting hooked on black and white in school, I had the opportunity to build a large custom darkroom when I built my house. In 2008 I made the leap into digital and I have never looked back. In 2013 I finalized my switch to digital by selling all of my film systems, and all of my darkroom equipment. I now work with Canon cameras (5D Mark IV and 7D Mark II, EOS M-50) and lenses, (from 8-15mm fisheye to 100-400mm and everything in between). I edit with Lightroom, Photomatix, and Photoshop and I use NIK, Portraiture, Lucis, Portrait Pro, and Topaz plugins.

I’ve been a member of the PSC since the early ’80s. I’ve been treasurer, president three times and on the board several terms. I was the contest chairman for six years, I wrote the first PSC Webmaster, and I’ve written over 60 articles for the PSC newsletter. Since 2020 I’ve been the educational director for 3CT.


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