hotdog321

hotdog321

Lives in United States Houston, United States
Works as a Photojournalist
Has a website at http://hartleyphotos.com
Joined on Feb 9, 2009
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 Behind the scenes: Garry Winogrand at work news story (51 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
On Keweenaw Sunset Breakers in the Sunset in the beach VII challenge (11 comments in total)

Wow!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 20:42 UTC as 3rd comment
On Adobe now offers Photoshop and Lightroom for everyone news story (625 comments in total)

I've been using Photoshop for 15 years and still use standalone CS6. While I despise Adobe these days, I think this might be a good chance for newcomers to check out these programs for a month or two. They are incredibly powerful and useful.

And yeah, I hate the whole concept of CC, renting software, hacked email information and Adobe's blatant money grab. But this is pretty cheap and as long as people back up their images locally, I think it should be safe. Maybe?

Just a thought.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 17:36 UTC as 206th comment | 3 replies

Beautiful! And creative.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 17:32 UTC as 45th comment
On Tribute in Light, 2013 in the My best picture this week challenge (22 comments in total)

Wow! This just knocks my eyes out. Well done!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 18:36 UTC as 3rd comment
On Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 news story (70 comments in total)

I finally got my standalone CS6 to update to the new ACR 8.2. I had to download and run the CC Adobe Application Manager, which took quite a while, hit update, and it is all good.

I haven't been able to get my laptop's CS6 to update properly for ages. I think it must be a bottleneck with CC vs. my "old" standalone CS6.

Hope this helps anyone with the same headache.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 02:03 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 news story (70 comments in total)

Could someone please post a direct link to download ACR 8.2 for Windows CS6? It updated fine on my desktop but I can't get my laptop CS6 to update. I tried the Adobe site but I can't find a usable link.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 01:45 UTC as 15th comment

Someone, screen name Zorro, I think, had an excellent idea: pay for the subscription for a couple of years and you would own the standalone software at the point you stopped paying. Adobe gets its money and users wouldn't have to worry about opening legacy files.

I've used Photoshop for 15 years, on CS6 now, but no way am I getting involved in a perpetual pay program. Furthermore, I suspect Lightroom is next. Paraphrasing Douglas Adams, I don't trust Adobe any further than I can comfortably spit a rat.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 14:08 UTC as 126th comment

If the new CC is so great, why not give users a dual option: periodic standalone Photoshop upgrades like normal and/or the CC? A company the size of Adobe can easily do both.

The piracy issue is a non-issue. I personally know several people who got their hands on unlicensed copies, used it for awhile, then purchased Photoshop because they liked it. Others eventually erased it off their computers because the learning curve was too steep or they just didn't need it.

I can only infer that this is an arrogant money grab. I'll continue using my licensed CS6, but I won't be doing the CC thing.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 11:21 UTC as 521st comment

I am annoyed by several items on the list above.

Plus I can't even get my licensed copy of CS6 to update properly (Adobe Application Manager), or fix the problem because tech support is difficult to find or nonexistent. Questions just dump you in the vast echoing desert of Adobe's web site.

And we're supposed to trust this new "cloud" model? Riiiiiggght. You must think I bolt my head on.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 21:36 UTC as 795th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe Photoshop CC: What it means for photographers news story (1879 comments in total)

Interview filled with weasel words and arrogance. I had to read some "answers" 5-6 times to understand what this guy is saying--and I've got a masters in photojournalism and 30 years media experience. Basically he is saying "drop dead" we're going to do this and you dummies should just accept it. Sounds like he works for Microsoft. Sorry, but I'm pretty annoyed.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 02:07 UTC as 753rd comment
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hotdog321: I'm a CS6 user and long been troubled by Adobe's pricing, licensing and reduced customer support. Looks like I'll be switching to Lightroom or DPP. Thanks for making my mind up for me, Adobe!

While it would be nice to stick it to Adobe, that isn't the point. I need stand alone RAW image editing software for home and in the field. Thus, Lightroom or DPP. Or Gimp. No way am I getting roped into yet another monthly service fee, especially for software that relies on the cloud.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 22:05 UTC

I'm a CS6 user and long been troubled by Adobe's pricing, licensing and reduced customer support. Looks like I'll be switching to Lightroom or DPP. Thanks for making my mind up for me, Adobe!

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 20:22 UTC as 656th comment | 3 replies
On Just posted: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens review news story (161 comments in total)

I just shot my first editorial business portrait with this lens. Initial impressions agree completely with the DPreview tests, with two standout surprises:

1. Everyone says how sharp the 24-70 f/2.8 II lens is--they are right. At f/4.5 it was easily as sharp as my wonderful 70-200!

2. Flare control was just awesome! I was shooting into a bank of fluorescent lights on the wall, and the flare was non-existent. My 70-200 had trouble with the same lights.

This is a real pro workhorse of a lens and foresee at least a decade of hard use.

Just so I don't sound like a total fanboy, a few minor quibbles: I wish it had IS; the price is murder; I wish it had a larger lens hood to add protection to that massive front element; finally, I wish it was an internal zoom unit like the 16-35 and 70-200.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 16:33 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On Just posted: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens review news story (161 comments in total)

Ironically, I ordered mine a couple of days ago. It should arrive today and I'm on pins and needles!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 20:15 UTC as 58th comment
On dpreview.com gets mobile news story (110 comments in total)

Thanks for this! I noticed the new mobile site on my Kindle Fire and it looked pretty good. Haven't had a chance to do extensive surfing, but it seems to work. I'll also give it a stab on my Droid Incredible.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 13:17 UTC as 46th comment

I think HDR is appropriate in photojournalism only when it reflects reality and approximates the tones seen by the human eye. We can use it as a tool to overcome some of the limitations of digital capture.

That said, the Washington Post image does NOT reflect reality. It is an insanely oversaturated faux color image more appropriate to making a poster for someone's wall. The alternative image not only reflected reality, it is a better image. The editors really dropped the ball on this one.

Photojournalists have to constantly balance the available technology with "reality." I generally stick with old-school standard darkroom techniques when working for publications: burn, dodge, color correct, saturation, contrast--plus unsharp mask, lens and perspective corrections within reason.

I try very hard to reflect reality, while realizing "reality" is subjective.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2012 at 22:30 UTC as 64th comment
On Adobe faces criticism for change of upgrade policy news story (398 comments in total)

Not satisfied with massive profits, Adobe want to make obscene profits. As a CS5 user, I am going to be looking--hard--for another photo editing program. DPP might work, and it's . . . free.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 00:00 UTC as 162nd comment
On Complete our survey for the chance to win an iPad 2 news story (119 comments in total)

Crud. I'm a pro.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2011 at 21:32 UTC as 40th comment
On Microsoft releases Camera Codec Pack with RAW support news story (89 comments in total)

Sticking with fastpictureviewer on my Win 7 64 bit machine for now, even though it costs a few bucks. jpg, CR2, pdf, psd, bmp even video files supported. No support for doc, but reads txt.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 17:31 UTC as 22nd comment
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