MichaelSpotts

MichaelSpotts

Lives in United States Oceanside, United States
Works as a Photographer / Writer
Joined on Jul 23, 2011
About me:

I've been on DPReview since 2002, but scrapped my old alias (theopenlife) for my real name. Since the beginning I've sought to be an encouragement to others learning the art of photography. My sites and posts include tutorials and helpful info. Happy to grow with all of you.

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On DSC00014 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Well, this is a compact, huh? Nice.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 14:01 UTC as 1st comment
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (28 comments in total)
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newpictaker: Nice post. I would like to have seen a photo shoot with this gear, though, for inspiration. I see a lot of stuff that says use the 50 1.4 over the 50 1.8, for example. OTOH, I've seen DigitalRev give a pro a Lego camera and take great shots.

Look through my site, all of it was shot with this gear.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 21:34 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (28 comments in total)
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steve88: Thanks for sharing all of this info and advice. It's really helpful for those of us who might be considering trying to make a full-time living as a pro. Also, it would be nice if you would consider offering online courses for those of us who aren't in the CA area. Thanks again for the article!

Actually, I do offer courses via Skype or in person. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 21:33 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (28 comments in total)
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crasher7: I would love to hear your thoughts on a Professional Fine Art photography career as opposed to an event shooter. I am taking the leap into art fairs, craft shows and showcases. Printing my own work, cutting mats, bagging and building displays. I would be very interested in hearing and reading myths, do and don't and solid sage advice.

I'd love to give such advice, but it's out of my field of speciality.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 21:33 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (28 comments in total)
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Devendra: go with canon? which koolaid are you drinking? and then you shoot with Canon 40D?

i stopped reading after that

i wish DPR would monitor this absurd articles from so called "pro"s

You stopped reading because you think gear makes a pro. What makes a pro is quality work. Look through mine and tell me its not. Better yet, tell my clients from the past decade.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 21:32 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (28 comments in total)
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ftphoto: Coming from film - large, medium and 35mm format there is always an over emphasis on the latest greatest piece of equipment. I for one do not like the proliferation of expensive "Fast Zooms" when I am far more confident with a prime or two within the same range. If you need to zoom - use your feet.

This was a refreshing and honest article on one Professional's personal experience and recommendations. If you can afford a Hassey or Phase One Digital Medium Format set up then by all means go for it. It won't make you a better photographer / artist however nor allow you to capture images that are "impossible" with lesser equipment (you define that one).

Thanks for a refreshing perspective and one that is quite sensible!

Glad you appreciated it!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 21:31 UTC
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (28 comments in total)

Liya, I see what you mean, but... I have made my living for nearly ten years, almost exclusively with crop-sensor cameras. As you said, my work was "truly truly stunning" to you... with Canon 60Ds! I'd rather put the money into lighting and lenses, and only then a full-frame camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 21:29 UTC as 6th comment

Glad I saved my Voigtlander 35mm viewfinder all this time...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:29 UTC as 61st comment
On Nokia app increases pressure on camera makers to smarten up news story (141 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: Amazing. No one moves anything but his/her head.

You missed the circles. This tool masks everywhere but their heads.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 17:19 UTC
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ThePhilips: The church of equivalency has many followers this days.

Correlates well with poor math scores in US.

At least I see no other explanation why many people here can't grasp meaning of the simple math term like "ratio."

Science takes for granted that our phenomenal experiences correlate with the numenal, and therefore is a method of implicit faith in reality as we know it.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 05:21 UTC
On Samsung NX20: First Impressions article (83 comments in total)
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Andreas M: What's a "propitiatory external microphone?"

Think they meant "proprietary", unless this microphone appeases wrath.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 16:11 UTC
On 5D3_5788 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

Great dynamic range.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2012 at 03:52 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies
On Pentax K-01 preview (383 comments in total)

I question whether the designer is himself an avid photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2012 at 20:45 UTC as 163rd comment | 2 replies

Looks like a solid compact. For daytime shooters, why get the S100 over this? I expect this camera to cost 40% less and it seems more robust in terms of focal reach, 25-500mm. Looks good, too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:44 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm produces limited edition of 10,000 black X100s news story (100 comments in total)

*low whistle*

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 20:59 UTC as 62nd comment
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (28 comments in total)

Thanks, Dan. It was approaching freezing and I didn't have a tripod with me (doh!) so I was supporting my camera with my jacket. Brrrrr!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 20:25 UTC as 20th comment
On DSCF8497 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

It's ISO 100 with DR400... so effectively the areas that were in shadow are exposed at ISO400. Thus outside is smooth and inside the boat is grainier.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:27 UTC as 3rd comment

Excellent image and interesting read. I empathize with your overwhelming archive of unedited work. Thanks for posting.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2011 at 20:17 UTC as 46th comment
On Apple announces iPhone 4S with 8MP camera and 1080p video news story (287 comments in total)

I've been shooting with my iPhone for more than a year, often with excellent results (from an aesthetic, not a measurebator's standpoint).
Samples:
http://www.michaelspotts.com/post/9326324120/she-walks-in-red
http://www.michaelspotts.com/post/5995085560/flow
http://www.michaelspotts.com/post/7683984809/at-the-sandstone-cliffs
http://www.michaelspotts.com/post/6342829269/colorado-iphone-4-hipstamatic
http://www.michaelspotts.com/post/9422422734/skip-to-the-sea
http://www.michaelspotts.com/post/5585132172/lovely

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2011 at 20:31 UTC as 74th comment
On The insane light was wild in the Insane lighting! challenge (4 comments in total)

Beautiful image.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2011 at 02:11 UTC as 4th comment
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