Over the years I have developed quite a diverse background spanning a few different fields. Many years ago in the mid-90's I started working for myself with a specialization in 2D/3D computer animation and visualization. I created numerous projects for both broadcast television and corporate work, such as flying logos, walking skeletons, to more complex training and marketing related animations produced for the oil and gas industry.
After that industry cooled off, I taught for almost two years at a media school here in Calgary, eventually becoming its Head Instructor. The school offered an eight month diploma, along with one-off courses for corporate students, and I instructed about 20 different subjects ranging from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, to Web design, ASP, and of course 3D animation. Sadly the school went under in early 2002.
Into the Code
From then on I decided to take my the advice of my former boss at the school and learn a programming language. I hit the books hard and on my own, and in a matter of a few months I embraced Java and J2EE. Within a year or so I developed an open-source bulletin board system called NorthStarBBS, which you can still find on SourceForge.
Up to this point I had no formal education beyond my high school diploma, so I decided to go back to school. Several years passed by and I had earned three degrees; a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (Summa Cum Laude), Master of Project Management (with Distinction), and a good old MBA (also with Distinction). During my time in university I worked for the post-secondary institution in various roles such as administrative assistant, student advisor, and career services liaison, including teaching a class on career development.
After completing my third degree, I decided to venture out on my own again. Around this time the iPhone was taking off, along with app development. My father suggested that I create something for this budding system, and so I did. As I now had a few programming languages under my belt, Objective-C and OpenGLES was no sweat to pick up. After just over two months I created ReBouncer (plus a "Lite" version) and had it available in the iTunes App Store for a year. Although it didn't make me rich, I still loved the experience.
As time moved on, I also ventured into a wood working business, creating wooden sunglasses under the brand BIZ Eyewear (BIZ = Balint, Imre Zsolt). Many thanks to my dad who developed several jigs and processes to help create them. But aside from the manual labor invested into making these cool shades, I also developed the website for this venture, including a custom built shopping cart system tailored specifically to my needs. Specifically, I developed this system in PHP with a MySQL database.
I also have experience developing in ASP.NET (C#) as I was hired to design and program a scheduling system for a non-profit organization. Currently, a personal project is in the works that also involves ASP.NET and MS SQL Server.
Photography, YouTube and More!
For the most part the above text summarizes my work experience, but I also have a few hobbies. For one, I've always enjoyed photography and really caught the "bug" (shutter bug?) thanks to my first digital camera, a FujiFilm FinePix 40i. I found it wonderful that one could take numerous photos, more than what a roll of film could offer, and have the instant gratification of seeing the shot right after it was taken with the convenience of saving them right to the computer for editing, printing, or sharing with the world.
Before heading to university, I spent almost a year working for a camera store and as one would expect, access to the latest and greatest gear was awesome! It was at this point I upgraded to an Olympus C-5050, which allowed access to aperture and shutter priority, along with full manual mode. This opened up a whole new creative world to me and I loved it!
Shortly after starting university (both courses and work at the place), I started shooting some weddings and graduation ceremonies/portraitures, aside the landscape, macro, and abstract work that I already loved photographing. And it wasn't long before I stepped up to an entry-level dSLR, and then to the Olympus E-3, a pro-level model. A more recent edition to my arsenal is a mirrorless E-P2, which I find just the right size to take with me whenever I feel I need a camera by my side.
With all the fun I was having with photography, I thought I'd start sharing my experience with the world, and so was born my YouTube channel (and I also become a YouTube Partner!). Feel free to check out my photography tutorials on subjects ranging from beginner topics (like aperture, shutter speed, sensitivity) to more advanced ones on infrared and HDRI photography. In addition to my channel, I'm also writing a book about photography and I'm really hoping that 2014 will be the year I finish writing it!
Lastly, I also love creating music and as you've probably already noticed via the CD Baby banner on my website, I've self-released an album of some of my songs. I've already started writing more, but it might be a little while before I can get to those! So many things to do, so little time!
You can find me on a whole host of various social media sites; just click on the little icons on the right-hand side to visit them and do feel free to follow me, like me, add me, or whatever me! L8r!