Les Berkley

Les Berkley

Lives in United States PA, United States
Works as a Writer/photographer
Has a website at www.photo.net/photos/wogears
Joined on May 5, 2004

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Geez Louise! What's THIS crud doing here? It's about TAKING PICTURES, for bleep's sake. Who does THAT? We need a new camera, so we can find out whether it has front or side focus, banding when shooting light bulbs, dirt on its sensor, and whether or not there will be (shudder) VISIBLE NOISE at ISO 256,000. The "venerable" 7D? VENERABLE? Has it stopped taking pictures all of a sudden?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 20:20 UTC as 50th comment
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)
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Steve from TO: Enjoyed watching. Just one issue. Not crazy about Zack thinking it is cool to give tips on how to be sneaky and photograph someone on the sly. Surely, as a street photographer he should be encouraging people to ask permission and actually develop a relationship. You will end up with far more intimate photos and a richer traveling experience. We are, after all, guests in their country and should act with respect.

Asking permission is fine--you get one type of image. Not asking (where legal and safe) gets you another sort of image. Both can be excellent.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 21:38 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)
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Stray Dog: Zack Arias stuff is mediocre. Seems like a nice chap, but the shots he gets are really run of the mill. Outside being a massive Fuji shill I have no idea why anyone would make videos of him shooting.

Side on shots of people smoking are frankly boring and all the messing around pretending to shoot a sky was just useless.

A lot of the advice is just hack street photographer 101. You'll end up with boring shots if you listen to his advice on framing. Using a door as a frame is the most overplayed trick in the book. If you want a human element don't sit in a doorway waiting for a random passerby, go out and find a person that makes you want to shoot them.

Plus making people pose is very contrived. It reminds me of when Winogrand got asked about Davidson and he said it was a, "personal misunderstanding of Diane Arbus' work." It seems that that misunderstanding is still alive today in Zack Arias. Interacting is fine, but making them a caricature is bad.

Sorry, Mr. Dog, but his pictures are a lot better than yours (or mine for that matter).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 21:33 UTC
On DSC_0096 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

First of all, get that modern saddle out of there. Next, get some respectable clothing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 14:59 UTC as 1st comment
On PT3C0081 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (10 comments in total)

Skin tone looks excellent on this one. Natural, no excessive saturation.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2012 at 16:10 UTC as 3rd comment
On Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity article (21 comments in total)

So I take it that, in order to get 1/2 stop more light, I have to pay ten thousand dollars? And, for that ten grand I will get jagged blur with outlined highlights? Count me in! Can't I just bump up the ISO? Then I can use the Sigma 50 f1.4, which is sharper and has lovely blur to boot.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 14:53 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Introduction to Travel Photography article (40 comments in total)

Huh? List of equipment? WHO CARES? First three shots are okay, but no more. A slower shutter speed on the first one would've made it a lot better. Taj shot is good, but I wish the foreground had been in focus.

The most important thing to have on location is not gear--it is an advance plan and/or a local guide who really knows the area. Having the proper clothing and medications is a lot more important than what lenses you are carrying.

See http://www.photosbysuzimooremcgregor.com/INDIA.html for some images that actually TAKE you somewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 16:54 UTC as 18th comment
On Moroccan woman. in the Village & Rural challenge (3 comments in total)

This one's fun. I like both faces.
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Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2011 at 20:05 UTC as 1st comment
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