Lives in United States Carlsbad, CA, United States
Works as a Photo Editor
Has a website at http://www.jphotog.com
Joined on Apr 6, 2003
About me:

Photo Editor for the Gemological Institute of America. If you shoot gems - why haven't
you called me? (Or mines and factories, and other stuff related to gem/jewelry industry.)
I use a 1Ds Mark II at work, but thinking about getting a D200 or D2X for myself.


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Vlad S: It's worth remembering, that the only reason there's something to photograph at the Tayor Swift's show is that her creative team and investors put their imagination, labor, and finances into the production. The photographers are simply riding on Swift's coattails, and the show management is entitled to control how people, who did not contribute to their show, use it to their own ends.


Nonsense. If it weren't for photo coverage, people would not see their concerts done professionally. Just Twitterpics and Facebook posts.

Photographers should be willing to share the photos with the concert organizers/artists, for a limited time for promotion. But photographers contribute to their success as well as most others.

You might as well say the artist wouldn't exist without the artist as the other way around. If it weren't for news coverage of events, many fewer people would be aware that the concert had happened. Look at the amazing photos from the 60s and 70s before marketing drones ruined concert photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 05:39 UTC
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ThatCamFan: 6.3 ? Leica should not put they're name to this.

Considering their old 560mm Telyt was f/6.8, I'm not so sure about that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 22:28 UTC

So I wonder if Olympus delaying the 300 f/4 to redo it to include image stabilization in the lens is a related thing to this new lens? Using both the body and the lens to stabilize the image seems like a fantastic idea if it can really work.

And I like the rumor about an Olympus 500 f/4. Way, WAY more interesting than this zoom that goes to f/6.3.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 22:26 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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jorepuusa: I do understand Adobe. In Russia almost all Photoshops are copies and the same goes with almost all countries I´v visited. Who was able - he did steal Photoshop.
That is not right and the same goes with pictures. As a pro I see all my pictures stolen when in upload something to web. Morals are long gone.

In Russia, you don't Photoshop. The photo shops you.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 21:53 UTC
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buginarug: Be aware that this program does not have IPTC support. Without full IPTC read, write and save, it is not for professionals.

I disagree. When you don't embed metadata from the very beginning, you lose control of your photos. A DAM can store the photo, but export the photo out of the DAM and you have photos with no metadata to inform the user about the information in the photo, copyright, usage rights, etc.

This is the show stopper for me for even personal use let alone for my 300K photos at work. And on top of that, I'm afraid it won't have robust support for Applescript. I use Applescript to make Photoshop and Filemaker Pro (and Numbers), a meta application that lets me automate metadata embedding and extracting.

Most people don't have my needs. This program will be a fine alternative to Photoshop. I really wish I could replace Photoshop (both the app and Lightroom), Illustrator, and Acrobat. PDFPen Pro almost replaces Acrobat. But like MS Office, it's hard to use alternatives when the less tech savvy people won't even consider it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 21:51 UTC
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nicmart: If Quark had a lick of sense -- and it has proven for decades that it doesn’t -- it would regain market share by drastically reducing the price of QuarkXPress.

How QuarkXPress became a mere afterthought in publishing

Don't be so sure. We recently put together a half million dollar system for single document source for print, e-learning, and classroom presentations. Competitors were all the big shops, such as Adobe, IBM, and others. I'm talking about a full blown pagination system, not just layout.

Quark ate their lunch. Adobe seems clueless when it comes to print. Sure, they have InDesign. But it still can't compete with Quark in some areas. Though it's typography controls are great. But try to create a workflow that can create print in addition to the others? Don't bother with Adobe. They seem to have forgotten print.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Tried it over the weekend. Conclusion: Adobe should be thankful there is no PC version. Will it hurt Photoshop? In the worst case, some angry $10/month users will drop off, but the folks who can't wait to buy everything Adobe produces will continue to do so. Microsoft's dominance proves that building a better mousetrap or giving more value for money will not make people change to something better.

Better mouse trap? Hahahahahaha!

Wait, you were serious?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 21:37 UTC

Hypocrites for sure. Not only Swift. This has been going on for years and years. In the mid-90s, I was assigned to photograph a White Zombie concert. They told me no photos. The manger of the arena was an acquaintance. He lead me in and let me take photos of the concert anyway. I covered many, many sports and entertainment events on a regular basis there, and he wasn't going to let them get away with it in a publicly funded arena. The local newspaper has a right to cover what was there.

Also, Rob Zombie sucked.

Another time Tom Jones was there, and I was not allowed to photograph from the front of the stage. (Didn't want to see his wrinkles, or let the underwear women were throwing at him to hit me I guess.) I was allowed to shoot from up in the seats behind and to the left of the stage. I was happy to. I got a great shot of his pot belly.

There were plenty who were great. REO Speedwagon, Terri Clark, Statler Brothers, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 20:10 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (223 comments in total)

Being a former Leica owner, the Panasonic 42.5mm F1.2 Nocticron on my next Olympus body (whatever replaces the E-M1) will be mine!

And it will seem a reasonable choice!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 15:21 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

When Hasselblad cut their ties with Zeiss and Schneider, that was the end of my interest.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 19:31 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies

Why do all the bloggers have to gin this up as Taylor Swift being angry at Apple? Can they not read? She said more than once she loves Apple. She just wanted them to do right by artists by not assuming their approach to compensating artists for the free period (by increasing their subsequent revenue by 1.5 percent higher than others pay) was the correct one. And to their credit, they came around to seeing the little guy's point of view. What other giant corporation has even done such a thing?

But she is a hypocrite. Not terribly surprising. The whole music industry has a sense of entitlement that really treats photographers as chattel..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 00:02 UTC as 55th comment
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BigShooter: LOL, ignore the Android market, they only have roughly 80% of the smartphone market...

Sorry bub, but here in the US, the iPhone outsells the Android phones capable of running this kind of thing. Only 12 percent of Androids even have the latest OS. iOS 8 is already over 80 percent.

The vast majority of Android phones you refer to in that 80 percent are cheap phones in Africa and Asia. They are irrelevant to such applications.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 04:15 UTC

Just sold my Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR (first model) because I've passed up taking it to Alaska twice because of size and weight. (Family up there, not into cruising.) Now I have an Olympus 40-150 2.8 to replace it.

It. Is. Glorious.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 16:25 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
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J A C S: "If successful the algorithm may have serious consequences for the flexible rubber lens hood market..."

That was a joke, right?

That would be dumb to assume lens hoods are used to remove these kinds of reflections. This is not light coming in at an oblique angle outside the frame (non-imaging light).

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 19:42 UTC
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41mm: Foveon Inc. is based in California and Apple do not support the new SIGMA quattro RAW-standard ! Sorry, but shame on you, Apple !!

Shame on Sigma for not licensing it to Apple.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 22:14 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (818 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Looking at results, the camera is junk, and the formayt is junk: focus is no better than full-frame or APS-C and if you look at the samples the grain is huge on the sports shots and degrades portraits completely at 800, and here I'm talking about reworked from RAW jpegs, by Dpreview.

At lower ISOs OK, fine, but frankly when there is just so much more leeway and resolution available at the same price in other formats elsewhere, I feel that m4/3rds customers of all brands are being cheated out of their own photography, the image quality is so poor.

Thankyou to Dpreview for helping me avoid the format completely!

You simply don't know what you're talking about. Maybe you should take up bowling? That way you can stay inside the lines?

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 20:11 UTC

When I sell my house, I'm going to be sorely tempted to pick this up with a 35 Summilux ASPH and a 75 Summilux. My favorite combo when I was a photojournalist with an M6. Shot about 80 percent of my stuff with that combo. The rest being sports with an SLR.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 14:48 UTC as 34th comment
On Accessory Review: Western Digital My Passport Wireless article (81 comments in total)

I think Nexto is a better solution, if hard to find and with a minimal user interface. At least it tells you if the copy was successful.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 17:42 UTC as 27th comment

Apple didn't sell enough copies of Aperture to justify the support it requires to keep it ahead of Lightroom.

But I won't use Lightroom in any case. I have tried it several times. I don't like it, and it's not appropriate for a multi-user environment where more than one photographer works on photos. Same was true about Aperture, mind you.

I always used iPhoto as well as Aperture or Lightroom. To make calendars, books, etc. So I suspect I will use Photos for that kind of thing. And to put photos on Facebook and share with friends and family.

But let's face it. I have 18 TBs of space at work, and about 10 TB of space at home. That does not translate to having everything online in any case!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 132nd comment | 2 replies

After reading this, my worst fears are confirmed. Nikon is so out of touch with reality that I'm going to sell all my Nikom gear and either go Canon or Olympus, with those amazing lenses, as I wind down my career and retire to a photo amateur again.

Can there be any justification for their clueless responses to the need to junk the N1 and its ludicrously tiny sensors? I don't think so. It's the typical Nikon executive "we know better than the customer" attitude that makes them seem so backwards and obtuse. Seem? No, are!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
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