JDThomas

JDThomas

Lives in United States Austin, TX, United States
Works as a photographer / author
Has a website at NikonDFG.com
Joined on Jul 2, 2012
About me:

Entertainment photographer for Corbis Images / AP Images, Nikon Digital Field Guide & Concert and Live Music Photography author, Gretsch guitar strangler.

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JDThomas: This is what happens when you have Getty & Corbis selling images at big discounts. They have very good photographers that work on spec. The new business model is that you don't have to pay a photographer a salary, buy them gear, fly them to events, put them up in hotels, give them a per diem for food and incidentals. Go to Getty and pull what you need from their site. No doubt SI already has a deal with Getty in place.

They'll probably save at least $300K a year by not employing staff photographers. And that's just from the photographers salary. Add in the incidentals and it's a lot more.

Unfortunately, it's the staff photographers that are getting f'd because of people working for spec. It's just like in the wedding business where you have to compete with some really good photographers that have day jobs and do it for cheap because it's fun for them.

@Kawika Nui: You are absolutely right. People are inundated by poor photography. Every day people are assaulted by terrible photographs, on facebook, twitter, instagram, and all over the web that even a mediocre photo looks like a good one to them.

The photo editors of the websites maintained by major magazine publishers aren't trained in photography. Typically it's a young girl that has just graduated with a degree in PR. They simply go to Getty and grab the first thing that catches their eye. It doesn't matter if it's a good image as long as the content fits the context. They don't even know what makes a good photograph.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 22:17 UTC
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camerosity: Good artists copy, great artists steal. This has always and will always be true...

Picasso was being facetious when he said that. It's been oft-repeated out of context.

And honestly, can a corporation be considered a "great artist"?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 06:50 UTC
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JDThomas: This is what happens when you have Getty & Corbis selling images at big discounts. They have very good photographers that work on spec. The new business model is that you don't have to pay a photographer a salary, buy them gear, fly them to events, put them up in hotels, give them a per diem for food and incidentals. Go to Getty and pull what you need from their site. No doubt SI already has a deal with Getty in place.

They'll probably save at least $300K a year by not employing staff photographers. And that's just from the photographers salary. Add in the incidentals and it's a lot more.

Unfortunately, it's the staff photographers that are getting f'd because of people working for spec. It's just like in the wedding business where you have to compete with some really good photographers that have day jobs and do it for cheap because it's fun for them.

@The Vorlon: Yes, it was likely sarcasm, but his remark didn't pertain to what I was saying. He was insinuating I was blaming "amateurs" for killing the business. And it is a big reason the photo business is a dying game for pros. But, that wasn't the point I was trying to make.

In the end, owning a horse stable or feed store in the present day is a lucrative business. Because it's a niche market.

Find a niche that's not being covered and you're set.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 06:36 UTC
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Qwntm: The Sigma 10mm 2.8 Fisheye does the same thing, useless with IS on. Too bad there's no fix for that one.

What the heck do you need IS for with a FISHEYE lens? Are you shooting at 1/2 second?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 06:05 UTC
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PhotoBlaz: The same 17-70 Sigma has also problem with Nikon D7100 camera. For other models I don't know.
The problem is well known: Not possible to smooth pan a picture in play mode, when this lens is attached.

Otherwise a perfectly sharp lens for Nikon D7100 body.
I hope that in future Sigma is planning to correct also that Nikon mount problem.

I never had any problem with the Sigma 17-70 on my D7100. As a matter of fact it performed so well I sold my Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 and kept the change.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 06:04 UTC
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JDThomas: This is what happens when you have Getty & Corbis selling images at big discounts. They have very good photographers that work on spec. The new business model is that you don't have to pay a photographer a salary, buy them gear, fly them to events, put them up in hotels, give them a per diem for food and incidentals. Go to Getty and pull what you need from their site. No doubt SI already has a deal with Getty in place.

They'll probably save at least $300K a year by not employing staff photographers. And that's just from the photographers salary. Add in the incidentals and it's a lot more.

Unfortunately, it's the staff photographers that are getting f'd because of people working for spec. It's just like in the wedding business where you have to compete with some really good photographers that have day jobs and do it for cheap because it's fun for them.

@Eleson: You have completely misunderstood the point of my post. I am simply stating a FACT. The market has changed. There are a lot of good full-time pros that work for spec at agencies. I'm one of them.

There are also a lot of good semi-pro photographers working for spec.

Nowhere in my post did I imply that amateurs shouldn't be photographers. If you're a staffer your days are numbered in the publishing industry. I've lost staff jobs to to people that shoot for free.

My point is simply this: There are A LOT of good photographers working cheap. If you want to survive in the business you adapt. You cut rates, you work on spec, or you change careers.

This isn't the pro vs. am argument you seem to think it is. Settle down and read for comprehension.

The only ones that are winning in this business model are the agencies and the magazines.

Edit: there's no "J" in education.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 05:55 UTC

This is what happens when you have Getty & Corbis selling images at big discounts. They have very good photographers that work on spec. The new business model is that you don't have to pay a photographer a salary, buy them gear, fly them to events, put them up in hotels, give them a per diem for food and incidentals. Go to Getty and pull what you need from their site. No doubt SI already has a deal with Getty in place.

They'll probably save at least $300K a year by not employing staff photographers. And that's just from the photographers salary. Add in the incidentals and it's a lot more.

Unfortunately, it's the staff photographers that are getting f'd because of people working for spec. It's just like in the wedding business where you have to compete with some really good photographers that have day jobs and do it for cheap because it's fun for them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 17:54 UTC as 10th comment | 9 replies
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nekrosoft13: waiting for announcement of Nikon D760 ;)

Hopefully the D760 will have a real mini-pro body like the D700 and D300, instead of what the 750 really is: A D650. A scene mode, menu digging, hobby camera. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 10:25 UTC
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RyanBoston: It's great that Nikon has found the problem and will now fix it.

@Wubsin: So you wouldn't but a Nikon, but you feel the need to throw out an opinion? If you're not interested in Nikon your statement is really a moot point, nothing but trolling.

Do you feel better now that you got some vitriol out?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 10:20 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

@ Edgar: Maybe I am an uptight jerk. Funny thing is that I WRITE manuals. More than 2 dozen of them. Check Amazon.

What's not weird is that I come here to see what Barney and the crew think about certain cameras. I don't come here to see what *might* be coming down the line. I would go to an unreliable rumors site if that's what I was looking for. I have sources for rumors. DPReview used to be a good place to get objective feedback. I liked to see if their reviewers had the same opinions about gear that I did. Now, it's a lot of clickbait.

When you reach a point when you're ready to look at DPReview as a peer website and not just another place to read rehashed rumors, then come talk to me. Until then STFU.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 01:41 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

Then go to a site that had "rumors" in the URL. Personally I don't care for rumors. For some odd reason I prefer FACTS. Maybe I'm weird.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 18:47 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

If I want to read rumors I'll go to rumors sites. I used to come here for news, but news just gets buried under stuff like this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

I think that's optimistic reasoning. It's more likely Amazon's demand for more traffic that makes them throw up click-bait posts like this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 02:20 UTC

Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 02:11 UTC as 75th comment | 12 replies
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (391 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: I suspect Leica is using a little marketing white lie regarding the smaller apertures at closer distances. This behavior is the hallmark of a lens that extends from the camera at it's rear element to yield closer focus distances. You see this behavior in macro lenses. Leica may be doing the same thing with this lens, sacrificing aperture for distance. If so, there isn't any way to get around it and it is a bit disingenuous to say the camera is doing this to help the photographer get the sharpest image quality.

True. The Nikon 105mm f/2.8G at 1:1 has a max aperture of 4.3 or something like that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 17:57 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (391 comments in total)
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topstuff: What is about a Leica article that brings out the usual comments focused on the price?

And why doesn't this happen with other consumer goods - such as cars?

An Audi shares much of its components with a VW, yet people proudly spend the extra money for, essentially, the same product..

How many people complaining about Leica are at the same time making the opposite judgment about the car they drive?

It is not ironic that someone with an Audi A3 may complain about the price of a Leica? Surely, wouldn't they be smarter if they just bought a Golf?

Leica - Audi - whats the difference?

@MartyCL: "In specific regard to the Leica M, you rarely, if at all see them being used by professionals"

I use my Leica M9-P professionally. I rarely ever bring out my Nikons unless I'm shooting fast sports with a telephoto. And even then the Leica comes along with me.

Just last month I had a photo of Kid Rock in Rolling Stone, Jay Z in Inc. Magazine, Bombino in Vogue, and BB King on Music Radar. All shot with a Leica M9-P, a camera which many people say is obsolete.

There are pros that use Leica cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: It's obviously not a camera for those "Pro-wannabe-lookalike" DSLR users that need huge and heavy blobb of black plastic in their hands to feel important.
Those cameras are for Asian girls who chose not to look like that. One can always discuss about taste, but those cameras look much nicer than any of (especially) Nikons DSLR. Those and the golden letters on their lenses look much less attractive and way too oldschool to me. It's like running around with a Nokia 3150 when everyone else has a slim and sylish smartphone.

4 women out of 64,862,424. Do you think that knowing what cameras FOUR women shoot is indicative of what a population of almost 65 MILLION women might choose?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This is really no different than what Nikon did with the Df.

Nikon just used styling to appeal to a different demographic (hipsters with too much money) than Pentax did (people who want bright bold colored cameras).

@Marty4650: Do you even know what a hipster is? Or is it just anther pejorative term that you picked up form hanging out on camera forums. I've never seen a hipster with a Df. Hipsters prefer FILM cameras. A Lomo is a more realistic view of what a hipster might use.

Stop jumping on the bandwagon of blaming everything on the so-called hipster market when you really don't know what you're talking about. You're just repeating dumb crap you read on internet forums.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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quailoaksphoto: Maybe Nikon will get rid of the AA filter, charge $300 more, and call it D750E. I dislike the AA in my D800. I preordered the D750 and cancelled the order when I discovered it has AA filter.

You can't even COMPREHEND the point. Move along...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 03:56 UTC
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Pritzl: So how much do we pay for the pleasure of advertising the red dot?

I'm gonna cry Pritzl...

Being ignored by someone from the interwebs that I've never met is really gonna bother me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 03:50 UTC
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