Steve Bingham

Steve Bingham

Lives in United States Payson, AZ, United States
Works as a Retired Photo Instructor. Now does Fine Art Photo
Has a website at www.dustylens.com
Joined on May 25, 2001
About me:

Second web site:
www.ghost-town-photography.com

I have been actively involved in all aspects of digital photography for the past 22 years. Used Photostyler before Adobe bought them out and came out with Photoshop 2.5 for the PC (now use PS CS6). I currently use the Nikon D600 and D300 with the Nikon 14-24mmf2.8, Nikon f2.8 24-70, Nikon 12-24 f4, Nikon 50mm f1.8, Nikon 70-200mm VR f2.8, Nikon 300mm f4, Nikon 105mm VR, as well as a Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro and Tamro 2.8 28-75. Velbon Carmagne carbon tripod coupled with a Kirk head. Epson 3800 and 2400, and a wide format Epson 7600. Flash is Nikon SB800 and Sigma EF500 with 5' umbrellas in the field, etc. Studio units are Elinchrome 1200 ws with 3' x 4' soft boxes.

I am a over-the-hill, retired photography instructor (MS in Photography from Brooks Institute). I no longer do corporate reports, weddings, portraits, stock photos, catalogues, or submit to magazines. I just shoot for FUN! (http//www.dustylens.com) (http//www.ghost-town-photography.com)
For this reason the nature of my work has changed. It no longer appeals to the average person. Some hate it. Some love it. It matters not. Even as I review my own work I can see some photos are very weak - and some are excellent. Funny thing is, few people agree with me on which is which!!! And that`s good.

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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (898 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Yawn.

Thanks, Sandy. I just expected better. In truth, the autofocus on the D600/D610 was pretty damn good! Not sure about the buffer size. Perhaps you have better information. Products improve - the D750 only in minor ways.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (898 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Yawn.

Points well made. However autofocus can really be a bag of worms. Better? Maybe. And yes, shutter mechanism really is a step backwards.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 04:54 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (898 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Yawn.

. . . so YOUR post is both "cogent" (sic) and well composed? With 10,000 mostly helpful posts over 11 years and an owner of more Nikon cameras than you have years, I think my post pretty much hit the mark. The D750 is a tremendous let-down for those expecting better. Please notice that there is no mention of buffer size or anything else that would make it rise significantly above the D610, and is certainly below the D810.
Articulating screen for some - and not for others. Wifi for even less folks. How am I doing?

By the way, I assume you meant to say "cognizant", not cogent. In addition the article before "cogent" should be "a" not "an". This would tend to indicate that you are either lazy or uneducated. My guess would be uneducated.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 18:00 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (898 comments in total)

Yawn.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 114th comment | 9 replies
On 499a1c254b424fb29e41f07e27a07340 photo in Errol Gibbs's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Much better. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 18:11 UTC as 1st comment
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Steve Bingham: I had one of my low rez photos stolen from photo.net years ago - 0ver 100 times and counting. Best I can tell it has had over 2.5 million views that I KNOW of. To date I haven't made a nickel from the picture. It is what it is. I took it down. Even now it is on 64 other sites! No credit of course.

With the internet being world wide and the proliferation of smart phones, no image is safe. Copyright protection means nothing.

You probably have. :) Will I post it again? Silly person.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 14:27 UTC

I had one of my low rez photos stolen from photo.net years ago - 0ver 100 times and counting. Best I can tell it has had over 2.5 million views that I KNOW of. To date I haven't made a nickel from the picture. It is what it is. I took it down. Even now it is on 64 other sites! No credit of course.

With the internet being world wide and the proliferation of smart phones, no image is safe. Copyright protection means nothing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies

. . . it cycles! And the light value cycles with it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2014 at 22:30 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
On Behind the Shot: Shredded article (84 comments in total)

Erez said: "I solved the problem by placing one of the tripod’s legs in a hole in the ice crust, so it could be submerged without pushing the ice downward."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:22 UTC as 5th comment
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (144 comments in total)

A review of a camera strap? What crap. We all have our favorites. I love the Tamron N-45 in black for $25. Quick release snaps that don't scratch the camera, great padded neck area of SOFT brown leather.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 15:48 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On Am I missing something here? article (637 comments in total)

The question remains. Why? It's another Nikon "almost". Now they are supporting 4 different formats (at least). Can they supply lenses for all these formats? Probably not. Look at their lack of DX support. 3 of my four lenses in my bag are made by 3rd party companies. Why? Because they are better AND cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 136th comment | 6 replies

Daniel Arnold has now stopped selling prints but is still marketing his book. You bet. :) Who needs $15,000 a day.

Frankly, I don't believe this happened. Nobody in his right mind would pay $150 for a post card sized snapshot - much less 100 in one day! Love to see his PayPal account, but that will never happen of course.

What a great way for dpreview to get clicks. :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:07 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)

Clever, but . . . why?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 20:01 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies

What an insult! Another penny stock socking it to the photographer - with free advertising from dpreview! No thanks. In fact, this does not speak well for dpreview. 30%? My gallery gives me 50% on my prints and I get 100% when I market my images. Preparing and uploading images takes time! And they want me to first kick in $250? This really is a sucker deal.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 05:12 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies
On 10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips article (88 comments in total)

I simply set the scroll wheel to zoom in or out (preferences). Moving the mouse around to any area and scrolling the wheel I can instantly zoom in or out of that area. Works with a lot of the tools. I can't imagine anything faster.

Been around since Photoshop 1 (Mac) and 2.5 on PC. So there. :) Does it matter? NO

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 15:34 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)
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Steve Bingham: Nicolaus, can you tell us what software you used? I think I see some Ken Burns effect, but that might simply be the slider. I am guessing PS CS6 plus some other software. You probably already stated this, but there are so many comments it is hard to find.
Thank you.
Steve Bingham

Thanks, Nickolaus! I am, as we speak, uploading to Vimeo. I have seen your work there - and love it. Mine is a photo essay of Ghost Towns of the Old West - including Wyoming! :) It is 30 minutes at 1080i with great original music and 200 images, recorded just for the video. My second trip. The 1st time had ONE photo screwed up. Pretty time consuming at that rez. :)

I used PS CS6 and ProShow Gold. The Blu-ray version is for sale, but not here!!!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

. . . it's called setting the hook. :) The price is $9.99 a month for the current year, and then $19.99 a month in subsequent years.

Now how about your CC creations . . . on the cloud.
Set the hook, then reel them in. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 21:54 UTC as 9th comment
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Nicolaus, can you tell us what software you used? I think I see some Ken Burns effect, but that might simply be the slider. I am guessing PS CS6 plus some other software. You probably already stated this, but there are so many comments it is hard to find.
Thank you.
Steve Bingham

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 16:25 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)
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Mirrorless Crusader: This is nothing special at all. All they did was make a stop-motion video out of long exposures taken at sixty-second intervals so that you see roughly an hour of time elapse per second. Anybody who's rich enough could do that with barely any skill at all.

Really? Let's see yours, or are you not "rich enough"? Sometimes the art is in the doing! I agree that the slider may have been used too much in this small demo clip, but that's where the money is. I am sure you will see some of these in commercial clips (maybe only for 3-10 seconds worth). Very few will ever see the video in its entirety. Personally, after 50 years in commercial photography, I learned something. And you learned nothing? Damn you must be good!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (268 comments in total)

Too bad the better ball heads had to be left out. It kind-of ruins the validity of the test. I have used many ball heads and have settled on the Kirk BH-1. I love the large ball head (54mm) and the smoothness - and at $385 it is a great bargain. Other than that, I think you did an excellent job.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 15:51 UTC as 88th comment
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