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 23 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 D7100 and D300 (wife's) 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. . . and others. I change lenses often. Velbon Carmagne carbon tripod coupled with a Kirk head. Epson 3880 and 2880 (wife's), and a wide format Epson 7900. 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 Have your say: Best High-end ILC of 2014 article (36 comments in total)

I still can't figure out how to vote. All I get is the symbol with 4 arrows. PC using Internet Explorer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 14:57 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Have your say: Best High-end ILC of 2014 article (36 comments in total)

I can't get it to work - after 5 minutes!
This sucks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 00:45 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On last Light photo in APenza's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Pretty casual - and lovely. Very nice photo.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 01:10 UTC as 1st comment
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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jonny1976: same photo taken from ages....all this plethora of social photographer who call themselves travel and have never been to a place where at least 1000000000 photos have been already taken there.
same for those fuji ambassador i don't remmed,ber the name.

Save some money tor typing lessons.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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rrccad: Pardon me for a dumb question. how'd you shoot this on a A7R in March 13th of 2013?

I'll just bet he meant 2014 - looking at the picture info.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 20:03 UTC
On ISO-640-DSC00197 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

It's the lens!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 17:51 UTC as 1st comment
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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Mal69: I miss the days when people just took photographs, now its all about who can do the best job using Photoshop applications, it feels a little like cheating to me as i never know if the photograph is natural or heavily changed using the computer.

Hey Stigg, you have a real name? Why are you hiding behind that mask? Fear? Anonymity has often been associated with cowardice.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 02:16 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: I'll probably get suspended again but frankly the final result wasn't worth all the bother

A double raw conversion might also work with this image. Just one exposure needed. Convert once for the highlights, then again normally. Create a mask, erase as needed, and blend. Also a great technique and only one exposure needed.

The raw conversion for the highlights would basically make the subtle flare disappear. Nevertheless, a great shot and a fun technique.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 21:03 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Thanks for the piece, great educational value!
I was wondering how you managed to get rid of the flares? What tool(s) did you use? Did you use the same one(s) to get rid of the flare around the sun star and the one on the left corner?

Erez, thank you. I too photograph ghost towns and use PS CS6 all over the place! Great tutorial. I hope others learned from it. Oh, great photograph - a very necessary beginning! So important.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 20:56 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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Dan Wagner: I forgot, what camera was used for this shot?

Sony Alpha 7R.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 20:53 UTC
On Behind the Shot: Dali's Dream article (101 comments in total)
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Mal69: I miss the days when people just took photographs, now its all about who can do the best job using Photoshop applications, it feels a little like cheating to me as i never know if the photograph is natural or heavily changed using the computer.

. . . and of course this snob attitude would also eliminate a great deal of Ansel Adams work. Most of his master prints were seriously manipulated by:
1- Choice of film
2- Choice of development including a water bath treatment
3- Choice of paper, contrast, and development
4- Tons of very descrete dodging and burning all OVER the print
5- Use of potassium ferrocynide as a disproportionate reducer
6- Choice of film and exposure
7- Contrast reduction masking

Great photographs were always manipulated in the darkroom. Photoshop is simply doing this with a computer. The problem is, many people who object to Photoshop are ignorant of these facts and probably never worked extensively in a darkroom.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 20:52 UTC
On Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II article (187 comments in total)
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Tharaphita: Great video itself but the 7D2 Video quality doesnt seem to be anything to rave about. Maybe due poor auto AF or Youtube compression? Vimeo is better choice some times, for high quality video.

Great video. Now if the editor of the video had a clue about laying down a sound bed. Pretty inconsistent in audio treatment. He does it right, then wrong, then right. Not very professional editing. All in all, I loved the video.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 21:22 UTC
On Dirty Thoughts in the Canon EOS XD Series challenge (11 comments in total)

Nice, very nice. And I see some cheater gave it a 1 star. ?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 15:53 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On kennedy castle sun in the Fortress challenge (3 comments in total)

Wonderful. I wonder what the antenna is for (on the rounded building)?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 16:20 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On 006_stitch [Original Resolution] photo in rpps's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I see no artifacts on my expensive, and calibrated, monitor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 14:35 UTC as 1st comment
On B-W Yellowstone Vista photo in bathgate's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Nice composition, but too many highlights are blown. You might want to consider doing a double raw conversion to save the highlights. It is possible to generate midtone snap AND look into shadows and preserve highlights. Here is an INTRODUCTION: http://dustylens.com/luminosity_mask.htm

It takes a lot of work - and practice - to really perfect a single image. :)
I hope you have the raw original. If not, shame on you. :) Your image is really worth working on!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 17:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1433 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 (1433 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 (1433 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 (1433 comments in total)

Yawn.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 256th comment | 9 replies
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