Lives in United States Houston, United States
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About me:

Craig Hartley is an editorial photographer based in Houston, Texas.

I am a three-time Pulitzer nominee and serious photojournalist. I was a staff photographer for the Houston Post until it was nuked by the Hearst Corporation in 1995. Bitter? Nah!

These days I offer cutting-edge digital photography and transmitting services for editorial, public relations, corporate and graphic arts clients.

AWARDS: Bachelors, Masters degrees in Photojournalism. First place National Headliners, two first place from Associated Press, first place from United Press International, participant Missouri Workshop & Poynter Institute.


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On Canon drops prices on 31 high-end L lenses article (58 comments in total)

Doesn't seem like much of a deal to me; marginal at best. Many of these great price drops barely cover shipping.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 17:00 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (374 comments in total)

Poll buttons don't work for Firefox 35. I wonder how useful a poll is that does not support major browsers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 14:03 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (60 comments in total)

Beautiful work well seen!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 00:09 UTC as 2nd comment

Astonishing photos and videos! Been following Pettits work for a long time and am in awe. But erasing the raw files? Ouch!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 00:07 UTC as 3rd comment
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (205 comments in total)

Another jpeg killer? Good luck with that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 00:03 UTC as 60th comment

Much appreciated that this latest update works on my standalone CS6. Much as I dislike the CC approach, I like that Adobe has not totally dropped standalone CS6 support.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 14:08 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

quatpat: Why don't we see any photos of the extended lens? Too ugly to show?

I think the new design did away with the trombone-style zoom. Good riddance! This new one uses the standard twist-style zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 14:22 UTC
On Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup article (125 comments in total)
In reply to:

HowaboutRAW: Does Manfrotto have any experience as an optical company?

Zeiss is Zeiss, Leica is Leica and B&W is owned by Schneider.

Yes, I realize there are others.

If I'm going to purchase a Japanese made filter, I'd go with a known brand like Hoya.

My thoughts exactly. The market is already saturated with lines of filters ranging to excellent to horrible. What does Manfrotto bring to the mix that is new? They make good tripods and clamps and stuff, but . . .

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2696 comments in total)

The 7D II looks pretty sweet, especially with that new autofocus and 10 fps.

BUT! But I was pixel peeping comparing the 7D II to the 5D III. The 7D II jpegs looked really noisy, even at 400. Proceeding into the "sports shooter" range of 1600-6400, I wonder if I wouldn't be better off continuing using my 5D III bodies and cropping 1.6X.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 18:29 UTC as 95th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (502 comments in total)

Thanks--at last, a review by a fellow pro! I'm a editorial photographer and am considering picking up a 7D II to supplement my 5D III bodies. The bit about voice recording during plays is well taken--that is one of the biggest drawbacks, IMO, making me miss my old 1D and 1D II bodies. It's murder keeping track of plays during sporting events.

How did you feel about the ISO at 3200 or 6400 compared to the 5D III body? Is it still pretty solid and cropable--if that's a word. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 16:59 UTC as 42nd comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

+1 for getting our attention, Canon. About -1000 for one of the worst ad campaigns I've seen in years.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 17:12 UTC as 369th comment

Despite extremely negative feelings about Adobe's CC, I appreciate that they are still supplying RAW updates that work on my CS6 standalone. Adobe supports new Canon lenses (16-35 f/4L IS, for instance) months before Canon updates their DPP software!

Thanks for the link, DPReview!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 19:27 UTC as 7th comment | 18 replies
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)

Nice price drop on the 300 f/2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 13:20 UTC as 20th comment
On Portfolio: Martin Kimbell's 'Light Paintings' article (37 comments in total)

So very coooool!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 22:23 UTC as 10th comment
On LensRentals looks into the Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS article (62 comments in total)

I've been quite impressed with the vast improvement in corner sharpness of the new 16-35 f/4L IS, but this lens tear-down takes it to a new level. Canon really stepped up with this new lens design.

My old 16-35 f/2.8 version 1 has gone into a drawer as a backup lens. The new f/4 version is head-and-shoulders better. Appreciate that my expensive 77mm CP and UV filter (for weather sealing) fits on this new design and that the lens hood is a bit more compact.

Big kudos to Canon for a superior upgrade at a reasonable price.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 16:56 UTC as 10th comment

I'm hoping DPP will improve its clunky interface enough that I can eventually stop using my standalone CS6 before it becomes too outdated. I won't use Adobe Cloud.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 22:52 UTC as 45th comment | 5 replies
On Flickering fireflies in time-lapse article (35 comments in total)

Magnificent! You did things with video I didn't even know was possible.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 17:05 UTC as 12th comment
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)

Some have wondered why the new 16-35 is f/4 instead of f/2.8, even if they did include IS. I think that losing that extra stop may have been the tradeoff to create a truly sharp wide angle zoom in this range. I am eagerly waiting to compare this new version with version 1 and version 2 on DxO Mark.

Also, I wonder if putting IS on the 16-35 might point to putting IS on that marvelous 24-70 f/2.8L II in the near future?

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 22:13 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)

Unexpected, but I'm dying to see the DxO Lab results on the new 16-35 f/4. If it is truly sharp, I'll be relegating my 16-35 f/2.8 version 1 to backup service. I'm a photojournalist and usually stop down a bit anyway when using the 16-35 and, combined with the IS and the low light capabilities of the 5DIII, this new lens might be a winner. We'll see.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 14:14 UTC as 47th comment | 7 replies
On Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work article (52 comments in total)

Gary was my first photo teacher at the University of Texas at Austin back in the late 70's, maybe 1980. He was a great teacher, introducing students to a vast spectrum of photographic styles and photographers from Diane Arbus to Ansel Adams to Andre Kertesz to Edward Weston and much, much more.

He actually let students into the darkroom when he was souping film and printing so we would get a first-hand view on "how it was done." Great guy who gave me one of my favorites quotes and words to live by, "I don't do nothing for nothing."

I've been a photojournalist for 30 years and still love my job. Gary's lessons were some of the best! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 20:01 UTC as 11th comment
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