Guidenet

Guidenet

Lives in United States Orlando, US, FL, United States
Works as a Retired Corporate Photographer
Has a website at http://faithartsvillage.com/
Joined on Sep 27, 2007
About me:

I'm a 63 year old retired corporate photographer who has also been a software engineer. My academia is largely based on Vision and my dissertation was on Fluids. I have a small studio and gallery which I enjoy on occasion. My specialty is bird photography, and I've been lucky to have had a few attempts published over the years. For the past twenty years, I worked for a large Fortune 500 company as their in-house photographer for the communications, publicity and care departments. I’ve also done their corporate meetings and events. As the company owns several television stations, making the opportunities endless.
I had to retire because I suffered a massive right side stroke in the spring of 2013. My small portrait studio and gallery are doing better than ever.
I have a daughter who is a successful Wedding Photographer. As I’ve embraced retirement, I've taken more and more shooting contracts, but only those I enjoy like the local little league baseball teams. I occasionally act as a cruise photographer for some of the cruise lines here in Florida when requested by organizations.
I also spend more and more time teaching basic photography for several resources locally as well as out of my studio located at FAVO (Faith-based Art Village of Orlando). As well as Photography, I am also a Water Color and Acrylic painter and enjoy recreating some of my favorite work in those mediums. Learning how to create art is a lifelong passion.
I'm seriously passionate about people learning exposure and the Zone System of Photography before considering themselves sufficiently astute in this craft. I’ve held several Zone System Workshops over the years as well as one Cruise based workshop. I’m also passionate about Ansel Adams’ ideas about pre-visualization. Pressing the shutter button and the camera are just one small part of the image creation process.
I started at eight years old in 1959 when my dad and I built a darkroom, him more than me. My father taught me the Zone System at a very young age. I continued as a youthful photographer, buying glass with lawn mowing money through my high school and then into college with odd jobs. I paid most of my tuition as an undergraduate shooting weddings and baby pictures as well as for the university newspaper. Many of those years I shot 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 field cameras and sheet film. In small format, I shot Pentax until 1968 when I switched to Nikon, needing a better more professional system tool. I still shoot Nikon today as well as Nikkor lenses for some of my large format gear. I also mostly shoot digital but still maintain a darkroom for up to 5x7 format. 8x10 is stored in the attic and is only black and white. I even have a Nikkor enlarging lens. Over the years, I believe Nikon has been instrumental in the creation of truly great glass.

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On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Guidenet: I'm not sure charging $100 is a wise idea. It sends a message. My NPS membership has always been free which I appreciate. This also sends a message. If Sony were to open it up to every weekend warrior with a crop camera body, the system would become too diluted for the average pro to consider useful.

Part of what Sony has to overcome is their reputation. Not having a couple of solid full frame DSLRs doesn't help that reputation.

Well, that's too bad. If you want, PM me your real name if this is not and a contact number. I'd be happy to call on your behalf and tell someone to call you. I can't guarantee anything, but I'd be happy to try. Maybe there's some kind of glitch with respect to your ID and the database. I don't know. It just seems as if you were connected to an off shore call center for consumers. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:17 UTC
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Guidenet: I'm not sure charging $100 is a wise idea. It sends a message. My NPS membership has always been free which I appreciate. This also sends a message. If Sony were to open it up to every weekend warrior with a crop camera body, the system would become too diluted for the average pro to consider useful.

Part of what Sony has to overcome is their reputation. Not having a couple of solid full frame DSLRs doesn't help that reputation.

Well my experiences have been entirely different. I can talk freely with my assigned rep in Melville without issue. They've done a repair at no charge out of warranty and many other good things over the years. They even overnighted some loaner gear to my hotel room in Texas where I'd been burglarized right before a shoot. They even suggested it as I was just calling for serial numbers for the police report. Moreover, I've never been sent to an offshore call center.

Are you sure you're dealing with NPS? Sounds like a standard consumer's call center. I'm not calling you out, but your and my experiences are entirely different on many levels.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 10:24 UTC
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Guidenet: I'm not sure charging $100 is a wise idea. It sends a message. My NPS membership has always been free which I appreciate. This also sends a message. If Sony were to open it up to every weekend warrior with a crop camera body, the system would become too diluted for the average pro to consider useful.

Part of what Sony has to overcome is their reputation. Not having a couple of solid full frame DSLRs doesn't help that reputation.

Paul, I'm not sure you have ever been a member of NPS so wouldn't know. I've had great experiences with NPS over the years, especially with loaner equipment. Can you recount a personal experience with NPS where you can show credence to your remark? Otherwise, it sounds like another case of Nikon envy to me.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 03:02 UTC
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)

I'm not sure charging $100 is a wise idea. It sends a message. My NPS membership has always been free which I appreciate. This also sends a message. If Sony were to open it up to every weekend warrior with a crop camera body, the system would become too diluted for the average pro to consider useful.

Part of what Sony has to overcome is their reputation. Not having a couple of solid full frame DSLRs doesn't help that reputation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 01:55 UTC as 6th comment | 7 replies
On The elegant Great Egret (Ardea alba) Landing photo in Guidenet's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Tidewater: Interesting photo and description. Wing structure is so elegant. Unfortunately i meet a lot of bird photographers who are not nature lovers but just looking for a subject to shoot.

Thank you for your kind words. I love the wetlands too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 10:05 UTC
On Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review preview (84 comments in total)
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Westmill: Actions speak louder than words..... Just ordered a second body :)
Sigma 18-35 F1.8 on one body and the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 on the other !
Also ordered the 18-140 as a walkabout for when I am not in the mood for carrying a lot of weight :)
Still waiting for the D400 though... grrrrrr Please wake up NIKON !!!!!!!

Birders and macro shooters should understand that a smaller sensor just makes a smaller crop of a larger image, whatever that image is. No enlargement occurs. The bird is the same size on a crop sensor as on FX. There's just less space around him. The crop sensor just could maybe help you put more pixels on the target. I'd rather have all the advantages of FX, then crop after the fact, if I need to do so.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 06:34 UTC
On Nikon D7100 In-Depth Review preview (84 comments in total)
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Westmill: Actions speak louder than words..... Just ordered a second body :)
Sigma 18-35 F1.8 on one body and the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 on the other !
Also ordered the 18-140 as a walkabout for when I am not in the mood for carrying a lot of weight :)
Still waiting for the D400 though... grrrrrr Please wake up NIKON !!!!!!!

I just don't see any reason for a D400. If you want and need pro-level features, you don't need to be spinning your wheels on APS-C. Nikon isn't really doing much in the way of DX glass anyway.

Why no go ahead and move up to FX and invest in FX glass? I would imagine that as a percentage people wanting more than entry level, those satisfied with the D7100 make up the most. Those of us Who want or need that next step above the D7100 have long since migrated to FX.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 17:16 UTC
On What just happened?! Looking back on last week article (98 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Sony has really given FF a shot in the arm. If a person has stayed away from FF because of size, weight or cost, Sony has addressed all those things. And once somebody shoots 24mp or more, full frame, they're not going back to 4/3 or smaller. This is the one thing that has remained constant since film and across all brands; the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality. Fuji, in particular makes great use of small sensors--that is, until you see what they can do with bigger sensors.

If Sony has addressed size weight, and cost perspectives not already addressed by the Nikon D600 or Canon 6D, I'm not sure what they are. There has to be some low hanging fruit, but Sony has been really late on going after it.

Without a doubt, FF is not only here to stay but other orientations might be regulated to the snapshooters.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 17:43 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: I'll never understand why Nikon insist on starting their kit lenses at 18mm when the ideal length to start is @ 16mm (~24mm fov).

I think 18mm just happens to be easier to design and a good place to start for most. It will take most photographers years to learn how to properly use a lens wider than that. To "Get it all in" is a pretty poor reason, in my opinion.

Using a wide angle to help you emphasize depth and space is where the wider fields of view come in handy. You need to learn how to get closer, not get in more on the sides. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 11:43 UTC
On First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 article (352 comments in total)
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gpsgps: Whrere, oh, where is the tilt and swivel screen, eh?

I think those tilt and swivel screens are more for the blokes who rather argue those points instead of making pictures. It seems that everyone who makes the point to ask also has nothing in their free DPR Gallery nor a link to something else. Why then would they need a flippy twisty screen?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 12:32 UTC
On Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview article (355 comments in total)
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rodney in brisbane: Let's wait until we see the reviews. For many stills photographers, the 70D will only be interesting if its high ISO performance and dynamic range is significantly better than those of the 60D and 7D.

@yabokkie If you're serious, that is a ludicrous idea. How is Magic Lantern going to pull 40 MP out of a conventional 20.2 mp sensor? Could that be done, they'd have long since done it for the 18 mp sensor in the 60D. The Double Diode part is part and parcel of the focusing system for Liveview and Movie modes. It is not part of the Bayer Array of red, green and blue photosites. It's not a magic type thing. They won't be able to convert the battery or LCD into photosites either, or the grip into a larger viewfinder. They are unrelated. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 11:44 UTC
On Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview article (355 comments in total)
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neo_nights: One simple question about on-sensor PDAF: does it suffer from back/front focus as well, as if it was a normal AF module?
Or on-PDAF gives us the best of both worlds: speed of a PDAF and accuracy of a CDAF (since both are going to be sensor-based)

The answer, IMO, is a definite no. This double diode is only part of the on sensor focusing system. If you read more closely, it discusses this in the preview, or so I read it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 11:29 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)
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bimmerman: The 20D was my last Canon. I ditched Canon for Nikon and never looked back throughout the 30D to 50D and was not even aware there was a 60D. I just lost interest in Canon. Now the 70D seems to be another ho-hum Canon. Better AF in live view for sure but if I wanted great AF in live view I'd use my Olympus OMD. Other than that the D7100 is hard to beat. Too little too late Canon. Good luck with the 80D.

Prestidigitator, or however you might spell it, I'll bet dollars to donuts that the D7100 beats the pants off it in sensor tests for about everything the measure. That will be a huge spec difference. This new 70D doesn't even have a 100% viewfinder. How about magnesium alloy panels verses plastic again?

I agree with bimmerman. It seems to me to be another ho hum release. I think Canon is missing the mark and assuming the enthusiast market is like the point and shoot or entry level market with the touch screen, the af in liveview and other such novice loving stuff.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 05:55 UTC
On Just posted: Pentax MX-1 review article (101 comments in total)
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nathantw: Pentax is definitely recycling old names from their past. The MX-1 used to be their all manual camera. Just waiting for the ME or ME Super to come out.

Or how about a Pentax LX with removable finder and screens as well as a replaceable sensor (removabe back on film). Was one of my favorite Pentax models. They just took too long to come out with a systems camera. Nikon and to a lesser extent Canon had already grabbed the Professional market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2013 at 22:28 UTC
On Just posted: Pentax MX-1 review article (101 comments in total)

Interesting camera all around, but at that size, it should have a hotshoe, in my opinion. What's with those stap lugs in front like that? I'd like to sit with the designer and ask why, and how hard is it for these camera companies to understand some of us want complete and easy control. We want twin command dials. We know most photographers shoot in some automatic mode and don't need it, but there are enough of us that want the extra dial and Ithink it's pretty trivial to include it. Many of us would absolutely go bonkers with having to put up with three or four controls which some of the NEX give us or Nikon One. We all aren't Aperture Priority or Program mode beginners. Trade that EC dial for a second control wheel.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2013 at 22:24 UTC as 34th comment | 5 replies
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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ezradja: Probably it's just me, but I find the selections not very good anymore. Probably because of new breeds of serious compact camera such as x100, rx100, g1x etc even pentax q or nikon 1 are more interesting to me these days...

Yep, it's just me. Probably because the better breeds of full frame serious cameras such as the D800 or 1DX or even the D600, A99 or 6D are even interesting to me these days...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 03:38 UTC
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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reginalddwight: The "buy now" button with a direct link to Amazon's website does make this buyer's guide from DPR appear like a subtle advertisement for the parent company. Only mildly less subtle than the paid advertisements that appear on the right side of the webpage IMO.

I'm not sure there's anything at all wrong with the parent company advertising or linking to the reviews. I'd think it would be not so smart to link to some other online store. Whether it's a convenience or just good honest capitalism, it makes sense to me. I doubt anyone is dumb enough to be artificially swayed by normal advertising including Buy Now links going to the parent site.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 03:34 UTC
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)
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markgv: With the release of the new Pentax K-50, the Pentax K-30 for under $500 is an incredible amount of quality camera for the price.

They choose by order of sales volume. Pentax gets just one. K5 or K30? They chose the first. Nikon and Canon both get two. Samsung is not relevant. Zero. See how it works. If Pentax increases market share, they might get two next year, and it has nothing to do with Amazon. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 03:29 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands-on Preview preview (193 comments in total)

I see some folks talking about professional use as an event camera. I certainly doubt it. This is still a plastic entry level type, not a robust pro grade camera. At events, pros often machine gun off a load of image files that would need a guaranteed connection and that would be hard to guarantee. Furthermore, I don't know if the bandwidth would be there for the volume of images that may need to move.

I don't believe a professional would be willing to give away his/her tactile controls for a touch screen. I've seen too many touch screens fail at some point as well. I"m not sure how you could quickly bump exposure when shooting manual.

No, I just don't think this could serve in any real professional role.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 07:13 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
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vadims: Arguments like "if I want the whole thing sharp, I'll do it that way" remind me those against multitasking when it just started to appear... Yes, there's a lot to dislike about Lytro as a *camera*, but attack the very ability of controlling the focus after shot? Give me a break.

You never know where things like this will end up. Space adventure movies might fail one after the other, but then there comes Star Wars -- that same genre done *right*, and all of a sudden everyone says they always knew space adventures are greatest thing since sliced bread (at least from the box office perspective).

The exact technology used by Lytro might as well be a dead end. Their form factor most definitely is :-) But that's the only game in town so far, anyway. So let's wait till (if...) the big boys roll out something of their own...

Heheh. no, you give me a break. One, this seems to me a solution to a non-existing problem, controlling focus points after the fact.

Two, we aren't talking about space movies. We're talking about cameras and what may or may not be an innovation. Trying to create a silly analogy to Hollywood just goes to show how people abuse the concept of an analogy. Try looking up analogy and see what I mean. The comparison of two things does not in any way prove the comparison of two entirely different and dissimilar things. That is not the purpose of an analogy.

An analogy's purpose in this sphere is to explain a very complex subject by creating a similar but simpler subject that can be more easily understood. It's not designed to show comparisons or prove anything whatsoever between to entirely dissimilar subjects and always fails when tried. heheh Star Wars forsooth!

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