This article is a part of a continuing year long series that highlights the people and experience of those that have worked closely with the Imaging Science Foundation for years.
We have accomplished much over the years, and I have personally been recognized, awarded and written about for years - that is certainly not the whole story. The untold story is the years of hard work of many other ISF instructors who have made this possible. I have not done this alone, and it is time many of them have been given a voice. This is the first of a year long series where you will hear from some of the top calibrators working alongside ISF, we hope you enjoy. -ISF Founder, Joel Silver
This month we will hear from our own Jason Dustal.
As a young kid I was fascinated by electronics, especially Audio and Video products. My Great Grandfather owned a TV/radio repair business, and my other Grandfather and Father were both into early Hi-Fi and Home Theater. I basically grew up around this stuff which explains my love and passion for the industry.
I can remember my Grandparent’s TV from the late 70s/early 80s…a huge console TV with a record player under the top lid. On the front panel there were a few knobs that would alter the picture, and I was constantly getting into trouble for twisting them and annoying everyone who was trying to watch TV. Unknown to me at the time this would be what I would end up doing for a living!
Fast forward about 15 years and I was working at a Florida based high end home electronics store, Sound Advice. One day one of my fellow co-workers brought in a DVD with some test patterns. He explained to me that by using this disc we could make the TVs “look better”. My young mind went into overdrive knowing that there was something that I could do to make it better, and this began my quest for the “perfect picture”. This was also the first time that I ever heard about the ISF.
In 2008 I finally had the opportunity to attend an ISF class. The first class that I attended was hosted by the company that I worked for, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to meet Joel. We spoke on the phone a few times and I was constantly emailing him with problems that I was running into in the field. I irritated him enough that when we finally met, he knew me well. This was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and professional relationship.
Since then I have assisted Joel in many classes, and in 2012 I started teaching on my own. Since then I have personally certified close to 1000 students. I would have never thought in a million years that I would be teaching alongside Joel, much less teaching the class myself. I have gone to places that I never thought I would get to see and I get to play with systems that I couldn’t afford in multiple lifetimes. I absolutely love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else!
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