Lives in United States Chicago, IL, United States
Works as a Director of Imaging Technology
Joined on Jun 11, 2012
About me:

Professional photographer for over 35 years in commercial, industrial and technical imaging. Currently the Director of Imaging Technology for the Art Institute of Chicago.
I hold B.A. and M.S. degrees in Photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.


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I applaud the reach for new ideas. Unfortunately this looks like a reach. Sort of a anti-Monster's University theme. Photographers, like other artists, are desperate to find ideas and style that set them apart.These aren't to my taste but commend the creative courage to try.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 22:07 UTC as 25th comment
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory article (89 comments in total)
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Rytterfalk: Beautiful!

Beautiful video production, beautiful visuals, beautiful lenses. I love my newer Sigmas! They have come a long way from cheesy third party starter optics to a premium brand. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 04:16 UTC
On Challenge of Challenges: vote for the best shot of 2013 article (121 comments in total)
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PERCY2: I'm getting Submit Vote Error and how will i know if my vote has been successfully submitted?..


Ah, whine and moan! A favorite pastime on DPReview. A nice selection of images. Congrats to all that were picked and THANKS to DPReview for sponsoring the contest!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
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Ian: I was reading this article as a serious piece right up until I saw the name Ken Rockwell listed as an expert - LOL.

It's easier to be passionate over a camera than it is to be passionate over picture making. Anybody with a credit card can become part of the "fan club". It takes no talent, no commitment, no real effort. Most good photographers don't care much about equipment, just results. You can learn chapter and verse about a camera and sound smart but your pictures will tell more about the photographer than what gear they own.
That's not to say cameras aren't interesting machines but I find the most fervent fans are simply gear fans. Not all that interested in photography, they identify themselves with the qualities of a "brand" and thus a bad remark about the brand is taken personally. Nothing wrong with having a camera hobby. Pretty harmless but also sad in a way if they never understand the difference between being a photographer and being a camera owner.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 20:12 UTC

The title of this tome is an immediate turn off to me. I'm not sure why the authors felt use of a pseudo-sanitized vulgarity in the title was appropriate but it is lost on me and marginalizes whatever good content that may lie within.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 22:59 UTC as 15th comment | 7 replies
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda article (489 comments in total)
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Rachotilko: Really surprised by the answers given by Mr. Maeda.

Especially given the popularity of their own G15, Olympus OM-D, Fuji X10 and Sony RX100. Even the Nikon 1 is doing quite much better than EOS M.

OTOH, it is exactly 1/2.3 that is about to die, in my opinion. It's only saving grace (compared to smartphones) is telephoto. I don't think that suffices.

OT-Not for nothing, but with all their photographic savvy you'd think they'd spring for a professional portrait of one of their top executives. I've seen passport photos and damp wash cloths with more personality.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 18:45 UTC
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Model Mike: Guys, you have a nice lightweight cruiser - please don't turn it into an overweight battleship.

For example, the idea of pre-classifying posts into Q and A - it's one of those ideas which sounds good, but is too open to misuse, willful or otherwise. A more intelligent search function could do the job of finding answers just as well or better without complicating the posting process.

As for the idea of the questioner 'rating' the answers - the questioner is not necessarily the right person to 'rate' an answer as he/she is by definition not an expert. And it fits badly next to the crowd-sourced ratings.

Kudos to DPR for striving to keep the forum system fresh. Some of the ideas are pretty good, but please remember KISS - keep it simple.

"The biggest problem with DPReview forums is the lack of active and swift moderation."

Ditto. The troll factor here is very high and I've avoided these fora because of it. I hope the new moderation makes good headway. If so I'll participate more.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 03:14 UTC
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