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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On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (126 comments in total)
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Manic Tuesday: .
with all due respect anyone standing there with a dslr camera at his face for the duration of the game would have taken identical shots. pro means merely that they make living with it, not that its actually good. taxi drivers are also pros, arent they? yet i dont think anyone would claim that they drive better than a person who does not make a living driving a car. same thing with photography. so pls get over the defiled 'pro' abreviation.

That's absolute nonsense. I've been on the sidelines of many sporting events alongside many pros, including the wire services and Sports Illustrated. And nobody gets identical results. Every photographer has their own take on things.

It's not being a pro that makes you stand out. It's the vision you have for what the photo can be. The word amateur comes from the word armor. It's a love for doing it, not for the money. Many amateurs are as good or better than many pros. I've know a lot of pros who are not very good. How do they make a living? Because there's a lot of bosses and clients who are not good judges of photography.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 03:04 UTC
On Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers article (126 comments in total)
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Yiotis: I can take those photos anytime with an Iphone...

Who needs those bulky cameras and lenses.

Right, and give me a knife and a fork and I can do brain surgery.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 02:58 UTC
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

Absolute bunk. Photoshop is a modular piece of software, they do not have to keep two code bases. They could simply add a subscription-checking plug-in to the subscription version.

There's no reason they can't give perpetual license owners the same updates. They simply choose not to because they are trying to make Wall Street happy with a more consistent revenue stream. They don't care about users any more. They only care about the bottom line.

As for Lightroom, they talk about how those who get it via subscription will get more features. That's exactly what they said about Photoshop last year. Sad to know I was such a supporter of Adobe for years. Now I'm rewarded with paying more for Photoshop.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2013 at 04:12 UTC as 66th comment

I dumped Instagram when Facebook bought it.

Like people thought AOL was the Internet, so now people who will like this phone THINK Facebook is the Internet.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2013 at 01:07 UTC as 9th comment
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BruceBorowski: Than the article is an outright blatant lie for you just informed us ( jcmarfilph) .......it was a mass shot of 50 couples all at once............... This is just the kind of info-mercial we can come to expect of a company who uses slave labor and false advertising to push their over-rated cheap chinese products on us. So apple will NOT shoot 50 weddings in one day then...... they will shoot 50 couples all at once in a mass wedding group photo session which will last aprox. 30 seconds to one minute. Thanks for clearing that up. Funny how plain , mundane and trivial it is now eh. So this was all spin doctored as I expected. That's more what we expected from apple a $20,000,00 spin on the title of an article to drum up interest on a $5 chinese produced piece of .C**P

Okay, so tell me one phone that is morally or ethically, or economically superior to the iPhone.

You can't because of all the tech companies out there, only Apple is doing something about worker conditions. All the rest of the manufacturers are cowering in the dark, hoping people don't notice they aren't doing what Apple is doing to stop worker abuse in their supply chains. Apple even recently fired one of their major manufacturers for not following their guidelines.

Alas, some people's lack of regard for the truth is seriously crippled by blind hatred. Not to mention an astoundingly poor discernment of quality manufacturing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 15:50 UTC
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Mike Walters: Don't know what all the fuss is about. Mobile photography has been around for years. My DSLR is mobile, compact cameras are mobile, phones with cameras are mobile.

It would take courage if the photographer was not a big name photographer, was not published and was trying to make a business out of wedding photography.

Its all about using the right tools for the job. Nothing wrong with using a phone if thats what you decide is the right tool for the job. I am pretty sure that 99.9% of wedding photographers wouldnt take the chance of using a mobile phone as their only tool to photograph a wedding, which just about says it all I think.

One of the all-time greats of photography, Andre Kertesz, used to have to lie to editors about his camera. If he told them he used a Leica, they would not give him work. So he would print at home and then bring the prints in. They couldn't tell the difference. Cartier-Bresson even remarked "Kertesz taught us how to see." Just goes to show what great work must have been lost over the years because of prejudice, ignorance and convention.

As a D800 user professionally, I do love boat loads of data. But I also love my point & shoot and my iPhone when the Nikon is just too big and bulky to pull out and get a quick shot of the 13 week old grand baby.

As for ignorance and prejudice, I see the anti-Apple contingent just can't seem to pass on an opportunity to vent their spleens.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 15:36 UTC

Of course subscriptions are growing with the draconian rules. No more skipping upgrades or you're paying full price. For all those with 5.0 or earlier when subscriptions started.

The hostility towards Adobe's customer-unfriendly policies seems to be increasing even more. I dropped owning the Creative Suite. Now it's Lightroom and Photoshop CS6. As a pro I have to have the latter. So I paid for the upgrade for the boxed version which is way cheaper. I'd like to have Acrobat Pro, but it would be cheaper to pay $50 a month for everything. And Acrobat Pro X is such a mess of a program in terms of usability that I just can't justify paying for it.

Ily I do have the creative Suite at work, so I have access to the programs. But no longer at home.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 13:58 UTC as 4th comment
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tinpusher: Quite useless really.

Only the smallest of the bags is suitable for low cost operators in Europe and I need provision for cables , chargers , sat navs plus at least one change of clothes and a wash kit.
Since 2008 I've used an Antler Back Pack with wheels and that's got me around the Globe a couple of times and through the States 3 times a year.
My cameras are packed inside it in a Domke bag.

Ipads are always removed for checking.

IPads do not need to be removed for checking in the US. I have never needed to. I used to love Domke bags. But they don't last like they used to. Abd they get misshapen too quickly. The bottom bends too easily. I used them for 20 years. Now I only use them to carry extra gear downstairs to the studio.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 10:52 UTC
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Eric Sorensen: I always liked Chuck. He's a great spokesman for Canon. I can see why the Japanese keep him around - he gives good answers without giving away any secrets.

I knew Chuck when I was in grad school (Mizzou) and he and I would always argue Canon vs Leica. He's a smart, honest straight shooter. He has integrity by the ton. People who say otherwise are fools, or have an agenda. (Disclosure: I shoot Nikon -D800- and Canon -5D Mk II- prefer Nikon).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 17:37 UTC

Get rid of Flash for your player! Please!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 12:35 UTC as 60th comment
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Bart Aldrich: Customer profile: largely the same people who spend wads on Leicas and high end Canon and Nikon pro bodies and haven't a clue why they would need it or how to benefit from having one.
Go on one of the photo storage sites and see the crap most Leica owners fill their galleries with.
I have a friend with an eight thousand dollar canon body and he doesn't even know if it's full-frame or DX! Nor does he know what a polarising filter is.

It's the more money than brains crowd.

Apparently you don't know the difference between Nikon (DX) and Canon (EF-S) lenses.

Glass houses...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 20:33 UTC

Funny, I keep thinking I paid half that for my Nikon 14-24 2.8. And it's a crazy great lens. Better than my second generation Leica 19mm 2.8 lens, which in its day was one of the best wide lenses in existence.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2012 at 20:26 UTC as 47th comment
On Depth of Field in Macro Photography article (159 comments in total)
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mikesee: Stacking is neat. But it is not photography.

Stacking is no less photography than many other techniques. Using flash, filters, depth of field, angle of view, cropping, etc. The question: "Did it look like that?" is a much more relevant question as to whether it's "photography" or not.

Not to mention the literal meaning of photography is writing with light. How is this not that?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 22:46 UTC

So, a marketing wonk carries how much cred?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 23:43 UTC as 129th comment
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