Jacques Cornell

Jacques Cornell

Lives in Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan
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 around the world. I also shoot, print, exhibit and sell fine art travel & landscape photos.


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On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (37 comments in total)
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daddyo: I've had one of these lights for about a year and use it regularly for location portraits (Head and Shoulders, etc.) -- it is an absolute bargain, since it has everything you need except a light stand in a small carrying case.
The modeling light is a bit of an afterthought, but adequate for light placement.
I will probably be ordering another just to have as a backup -- it's a bargain in my opinion -- especially it you catch it on sale at Adorama.

Good to hear from an actual owner. I'm intrigued by this kit. Would you fill me in a bit? How quickly does the modeling light deplete the battery? Can you leave it on for an all-day or half-day shoot? How long is the power cord? Also, what's the recycle time at half power? Thanks in advance.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 15:52 UTC
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (37 comments in total)

For the price, it's hard to argue about the value of this unit. I love the idea of using cheap, widely available camcorder batteries. The main thing that would put me off if I were in the market for a 180W flash (which I'm not) is the recycle. Five seconds is an eternity when I've finally got a portrait subject warmed up and they're laughing and moving.

Thing is, 180W is only about one stop more light than a good hotshoe flash. For the same price, I can get a pair of very nice Neewer TT850 manual hotshoe flashes that recycle in 1.5 seconds and, together, will give almost the same output as the Flashpoint. Faster recycle, more flexibility, smaller package, and remotely adjustable output. Also, no extra battery packs dangling and cords to trip over. OTOH, a monolight is a bit easier to set up, and, crucially, it offers a modeling light that can assist focus when working in a dark environment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 15:47 UTC as 12th comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (268 comments in total)
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SteB: On the subject of lag and post locking. These are big problems in macro photography especially when you approach or go past life-size. It can be very difficult to frame something, because of this sag that occurs when you take your hand away. The best ball head in the world can only do so much to eliminate it because some of the sag that occurs after you take your hand away is because of flex in things other than the ball head, such as camera and lens.

However, there is a solution, a geared head. In this respect a moderately priced geared head such as the Manfrotto 410 is better than the most expensive ball head money can buy for macro photography, simply because you do not have that problem and have precise framing. The price you pay is more weight, and slower adjusments.

The 410 is gratifyingly useful for architecture & product photography as well. It enables one to quickly frame a shot with extreme precision. I do wish they'd make a smaller, lighter version. The 410 weighs 2.7lbs., which seems a bit excessive on a 4lb. tripod supporting a 1lb. m43 camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes article (186 comments in total)

Note to DPR - The slideshow stops at slide 8: everything after that just jumps to a page on the Sony Store. Bleah!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 13:47 UTC as 85th comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (578 comments in total)

One thing I learned here that I hadn't read elsewhere already was that frame rate goes up to 10fps with electronic shutter. That's definitely nice to know. Nice, also, to have the old noise test to compare the GX7 with older cameras that aren't included in the new studio scene database. Would be nice to see an exhaustive test of IBIS with various lenses across a wide range of shutter speeds. There are a lot of conflicting anecdotes out there about this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:03 UTC as 156th comment | 1 reply
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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paulbysea: As per usual the media only think about Apple. What about an article about apps for Android Tablets, The Nexus 7 2 has a better screen than any apple product, which suggest it would be better suited to photographers than over priced apple products.

DPR is definitely not Apple-centric. It hasn't even reviewed Aperture since v1.0. This article focuses on iPads simply because there's a whole new lineup of them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 13:02 UTC
On Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round post (144 comments in total)

Zune brown. The color of failure.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 17:45 UTC as 75th comment | 4 replies

Just one example of why it's important for photographers to support respect for copyrights.


Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 04:28 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
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Kirppu: Customer ordered the statues and paid the sculptor. So in my opinion after that sculptor should not get anything.

Monument photographer got paid for the photo so he also has his share of the money.

So rest of this idiocracy circus is just punch of greedy people arguing about money that doesn't belong to them.

Customer orders your print and pays you. So, after that you should not get anything.

Even if customer makes thousands of copies and sells them.

That might be OK with you, but it's not with me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 04:03 UTC
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 (1311 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 182nd comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2064 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 487th comment | 7 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2064 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
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