Jacques Cornell

Jacques Cornell

Lives in United States Brooklyn, NY, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at jacquescornell.photography
Joined on Jul 13, 2002
About me:

I co-founded event photography company Happening Photos in New York and serve clients from around the country. I also shoot, print, exhibit and sell fine art travel & landscape photos.


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On How many megapixels do you need? post (221 comments in total)
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SergioMO: I think this article is more to justify the lack of capacity of the iphone to upgrade to a better camera.If you consider that most photographers use iphone. Nokia shines in 808 and 1020 , as the S4 and LG G2 and so on with 13Mpx. Better sensor etc with more mpx counts ! See phase One iQ180 80mpx and others.

How big are you printing? In an 8"x12" print, you'd be hard-pressed to see any difference over 8MP, and it's possible to make highly detailed 16"x24" prints from a clean 10MP file. For my purposes, 8MP is all I want from a phone camera, and I'd be happier with 5MP if it gave me less noise in low light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 09:55 UTC
On How many megapixels do you need? post (221 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Why is Connect still trying to impinge on us the idea that smartphones are a viable alternative to a decent camera? Look at those 4 pictures of the girl: they're ridiculous! Their lack of quality is embarrassing. The Nokia fares a bit better, but that greenish hue is disgusting. Even the landscape above, which is quite acceptable, has clipped highlights. Besides, people who take snaps with smartphones can't be bothered with all that tech talk. They just want to make casual, unpretentious shots, that's all. And that's fine with me. Just don't pretend these things are competent cameras, because they aren't.

Those are tiny crops out of a much larger frame.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 09:43 UTC

PoohBill, I was being ironic. If Apple was planning to abandon Aperture, do you really think they'd bother rolling out new camera updates?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 05:32 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

Oh, cruel Apple! Teasing us with updates, giving us false hope, all the while scheming to dump us in the dirt. We all know 3.3 will be the end, 4 will never come, and you're just twisting the stiletto. You Big Blue Meany, you Apple Bonker. You vile villain of visual... um... vindictiveness.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 04:15 UTC as 14th comment
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

I'm impressed by how well the latest m43 stack up. At ISO 1600 and above for RAW, I see little or no advantage to APS-C and only about a 1-stop advantage to the 5D3. Looks to me like MFT is now usable for event work up to ISO 3200. This is 1Ds2 performance, which was bloody good, in a tiny, cheap body. Cool!

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 08:48 UTC as 181st comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)

Glad to see Oly have the guts to leave off a built-in flash. I almost never use one and don't like the added cost & size in a system whose major advantage is compactness. Honestly, that's what a hotshoe is for. I hope Panny follows suit with whatever follows the GX7.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 09:10 UTC as 485th comment | 7 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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Hugo808: As someone who is looking for a new small walkabout camera, I have to wonder what the advantage of this would be over the Canon 100D?

With that I get a proper viewfinder, a bigger sensor and the lenses are cheaper. There must be something that drags people to m4/3's but I can't fathom it.

MFT makes a great a travel system. One of the advantages is much smaller lenses. As with my old Contax G2, I can pack a body, flash, and three lenses in a tiny little shoulder bag that's no burden at all for all-day carry. For shooting landscapes in good light, a bigger sensor wouldn't make any difference for me, and even at ISO 1600 RAWs are pretty clean - on par with a 7D and other DSLRs from just a few years ago. MFT RAWs give me the IQ of my old Canon 1Ds Mark II and make very detailed 16" x 24" prints. In addition, MFT lens quality is generally quite good for the money. Panny's 14-45 zoom is much better than most DSLR kit zooms and about on par with my Canon L glass. Also, coming from Contax film bodies with their beautiful viewfinders and then Canon pro DSLRs, I didn't expect to like EVFs. But, the current Panny EVFs are pretty good, and the conveniences are growing on me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 08:58 UTC

What's trendy these days more than facebook or Apple bashing is rights grabbing. That's where the money is. Social media sites and "photo contest" organizers all over the place are doing it. If you think your photos have any value whatsoever, be very, very careful who you give them to.

My solution is to post only a very small number of unimportant and watermarked photos direct to facebook and to post only a link to the good stuff on my website.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 17:41 UTC as 35th comment
On HDR for the Rest of Us article (199 comments in total)
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J W Scott: I recently upgraded to NIK Software's HDR Efex Pro 2. I understand over-the-top HDR images may turn you off, but I would recommend everyone at least download a free trial, watch their training videos and give it a spin. I use it to compensate for my camera's weaknesses to make my images look much more like what I saw with my eyes. The new alignment feature allows me to take hand held shots. Also using the amazing ghost removal feature I have taken shots with moving traffic that you could not tell were not a single image!

This new version gives you such great subtle control that you can get very natural looking images. In a great many cases it has given me far better results than I could have ever gotten from manipulating a single RAW exposure.

Until sensor technology improves I will be using HDR Efex Pro 2 a lot!

I, too, am finding HDR Efex Pro 2 very liberating. The controls are flexible, my results are very natural, and the auto alignment and de-ghosting make handheld brackets eminently usable. The whole workflow is super-easy.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 09:20 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)

Very much looking forward to replacing my GX1 with this. Mostly looking forward to beefier grip and low-profile EVF. The LVF2 on my GX1 makes it not fit all that well in my small bag. Really don't give a hoot about IQ comparisons, as GX1 is already plenty good enough for my 16"x24" landscape prints.

Would like to see faster frame rate (6-8fps) and 3-stop IBIS (for primes). Oh, and CAF that doesn't suck. Then I could begin to consider ditching my FF system.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 18:57 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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Jacques Cornell: Obviously, Apple is going to abandon Aperture any day now.

MJ - it's ironic humor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:29 UTC

Goodbye battery life...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 04:27 UTC as 5th comment

Obviously, Apple is going to abandon Aperture any day now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 03:55 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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108: Very nice but this EVF sticking out like that will be a source of trouble I'm afraid.

108 - "Now this is one stupid answer."
Why the rudeness? Tilting the EVF up will keep it from digging into or snagging on one's chest. Works for me with an LVF2 on a GX1. If you don't like it, don't do it. But, don't insult T3 just because you think his solution isn't for you. As for your EVF2 getting knocked off, that's specific to that particular product and has nothing to do with T3's solution. My LVF2 locks in place and never gets knocked off, tilted or not.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 11:23 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Fox Fisher: Why people are obsessed with sensor sizes? If you insist saying that APS-C is always better than m4/3 then Medium Format should be above all... Lets all go buy a medium format then.... as you can see comparing a camera with just a sensor size is irrational. It's all comes down to individual buyers taste and use and the end of the day.

Spec wise it's a great camera. It fills the boxes where Olympus E-P5 left empty. It will be painful to sell my beloved RX100 for this awesome camera with awesome lens selections.

"...the lenses have to be really good for it to stand up even remotely to FF or APSC."

Check this out:

Panasonic's 7-14, 14-45 and 45-200 are really good. From a GX1 with three Panny zooms I get resolution similar to my old Canon 1Ds2 with L zooms. In terms of high-ISO noise, DPR's studio test shots show the GX1 to be almost identical to Canon's 7D.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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bb42: A jacket-able system camera with an EVF .. nice.
But the small size raises the question about the (smaller) lens quality again - Sonys 16-50 seems to outperform the Pana Vario PZ 14-42 in terms of IQ - and it even has more wideangle...

On a GX1, my Panasonic 7-14mm, 14-45mm & 45-200mm zooms produce image quality similar to my 17-40mm f4L and 70-200mm f4L. I tested them all by shooting 5 sheets of newspaper taped on a wall from 15' away with camera on a sturdy tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 12:32 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands-on Preview preview (192 comments in total)
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Guidenet: 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.

As an event pro, I see no advantage and many disadvantages to a camera like this. I love my Panny M43s for travel & landscapes, but I can't imagine giving up my 1D3 & 1Ds3 for event work. When I'm in a hurry, the action is fast, and conditions are tough, there's no substitute.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 07:31 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands-on Preview preview (192 comments in total)

First thing I did in setting up my Panasonic M43s was to disable the touch screens and program the buttons so I could make all important adjustments with my eye to the viewfinder. Touch screens just slow me down. GPS geotagging would be nice to have, though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 07:23 UTC as 65th comment | 4 replies
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d3xmeister: I use Aperture. But more importantly, Chase Jarvis, David Bergman and other succesful photographers use Aperture.

From a detail and noise reduction standpoint Aperture cannot compete with Lighroom. What I like about Aperture is that RAW conversion are A LOT closer that what I want them to be, so my work on them is about 20% than in Lighroom. More time to shoot or spend with the family.


I totally disagree. You must be thinking of Instagram. I have great success using Aperture with a calibrated NEC PA271 display and Epson Stylus Pro 4000 large format printer to make prints for exhibition and sale. It would seem that either you haven't used Aperture or you haven't understood it correctly.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 05:32 UTC

In another cost-saving move, the Sun-Times' entire janitorial staff was let go, and the C suite will receive training in germ abatement, spill recovery, and dust relocation using iMops.

Oops, sorry, got that one backwards. The C suite was let go, and the janitorial staff are being trained in CYA, golfing, and phone tag strategies.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 18:43 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
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