ewelch

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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rjaywallace: Video would not play on my Apple iPad Retina screen. Disappointing.

There's no reason it can't play on an iPad. YouTube went HTML5 long ago. Ignore the uninformed haters.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 03:57 UTC

Now you do slideshows to maximize ad impressions? Sad.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 14:46 UTC as 100th comment
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n3eg: Should I say it? Should I? I'll say it.

If it was micro four thirds instead of a DSLR, NOTHING WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

There, I said it.

Not true. But if it had been, there would have been more noise.

(Olympus owner here. Just not humor-impaired.)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)

I checked official numbers, their default rate is 10.8 percent and their default rate was 36 out of 330. Acceptable numbers. There's more to this story.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 01:39 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)
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The Squire: It's easy to apply filters in Instagram, so why do we need college courses anymore?

Because you asked that question for one.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 21:36 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)
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The Squire: It's easy to apply filters in Instagram, so why do we need college courses anymore?

Because you asked that question for one.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 21:35 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)
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Ryanide: Back in the '90s I couldn't afford to go to Brooks as we figured that a 3 year degree including the cost of living in Santa Barbara would run well over $100K. Today, with incredible classes available online through Creative Live, Lynda.com & KelbyOne, an individual can get a good education in photography for less than a few thousand dollars. Spend some other money on equipment and paying for your own photo shoots and someone with motivation could easily become a professional working photographer within a year or so. If necessary, they could also find a working photographer to assist and learn the traditional way. The idea of paying Brooks $100K for a photography education is really out-of-date nowadays.

The Journal of Higher Education just this morning had a piece on Brooks. Another reason they are closing is the precipitous drop in enrollment. Well under 300, when it was in the thousands.

As for the reasons they gave, that's a real concern in education (where I work now myself.) The rules change from year to year, the feds are tightening up standards for qualifying for Federal Assistance (sometimes with real bone-headed rules). There's a hostility in government against for-profit schools - and for good reason. But that doesn't mean they all are bad. But the good get lumped in with the bad. The bad are the schools that were bought by hedge funds and then squeezed for profits and then closed. The real damage is to the students, let alone faculty and school administrators.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (131 comments in total)
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Ryanide: Back in the '90s I couldn't afford to go to Brooks as we figured that a 3 year degree including the cost of living in Santa Barbara would run well over $100K. Today, with incredible classes available online through Creative Live, Lynda.com & KelbyOne, an individual can get a good education in photography for less than a few thousand dollars. Spend some other money on equipment and paying for your own photo shoots and someone with motivation could easily become a professional working photographer within a year or so. If necessary, they could also find a working photographer to assist and learn the traditional way. The idea of paying Brooks $100K for a photography education is really out-of-date nowadays.

Nonsense. Lynda.com and Kelby.com have nice classes, but that's no substitute of a real education. Being a professional photographer, and having to go through several sessions of hiring people for jobs in the past few years puts things in perspective.

Not only are those educational home courses you mention inadequate for the job, a lot of people with degrees from Brooks stand out (if a bit uniformly for my taste - and Blackstar's Howard Chapnick told me the same thing) from the rest as well as from some other great schools (University of Missouri, NC Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky, Oregon, Florida, Montana, etc. - my bias being journalism). The job market for professional photographers is shrinking at an alarming rate. There are no jobs. And getting into the freelance gig is going to get tougher and tougher as time goes by with all the really good pros being laid off, magazines folding, etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
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youngjohn: Leica aren't putting it up for auction. The original cameras from the tree have been transferred to their new museum and the tree structure was sold to a UK dealer who has replaced the cameras and is now auctioning the whole thing.

Okay, that explains why it's so cheap, considering. It's not the collection that was in their HQ, it's a replica.

Next up, synthetic replica of the Hope Diamond, $7,500,000.00! Comes with a custom-made felt dog collar like the one that allowed Evalyn Walsh McClean's dog to wear the Hope around the house.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 15:30 UTC

I guess the question is, in concern for the future of this company, are they coming up with a better way of dealing with this?

I guess no doubt today's cards are going to be too small to be taken seriously in a few years, considering how fast memory is growing (see the 60TB SSD from Seagate that beat last week's biggest at 15?). Still, how about a firmware update system and WIFI hardware capable of being updated in the future?

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 20:01 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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n3eg: Gee thanks. I hope the hundreds of trillions of Mac users are happy.

No doubt the 25 photographers who use Windows Vista are p'd off.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
On article Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 available (89 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: Some people think that the subscription model is OK and are quite happy paying $9.99 per month ($120 per year, every year). And that's fine.

I have rid myself of all Adobe products and I am quite happy using Affinity Photo (£0 per month, £0 per year, every year*) and Capture One ($0 per month, $0 per year, every year*)

So after the initial payment, I basically don't have to pay anything more *. If I lose my job and have to cut back on expenditure I can still take photos and edit them and not worry about monthly fees to keep the software running.

Do you use all of what Fauxtoshop has to offer? If not then maybe it is worth changing programmes and saving that little bit of money. I ended up only using Fauxtoshop for a little cloning and healing (which Affinity Photo does better).

If you're happy with Adobe's service that's Brill!. BUT, considering there are cheaper and equally effective alternatives. Why spend more money than you have to!

*plus optional updates per bi/annum

@Nobby2016 - Market share numbers can be deceptive. Windows may own the largest number of computers, but Apple owns the over-$1,000 computer market to the tune of about 85+ percent.

Guess which computers photographers are using?

Not arguing which is better, just who uses what and how software decisions are made. There are good reasons for coding for OSX when your market is the creative one. Quark almost died underestimating the value of the Mac market. They fired their CEO and now they're doing relatively well.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
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villagranvicent: I don't find them interesting at all, specially the guy with a backpack and sandals screw the images. I've seen many abandoned jails and hospitals shots much more interesting than these.

Wow, lack of any sense of humor is strong with some.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
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Danny: Sooner or later we won't even call this 'an alternative to Photoshop' any longer. Adobe has become an insult and ruined their flagship with it's Cloud policy. I am glad Affinity Photo is doing so well, and I hope they will not take the Mickey with it's customers like Adobe did.

The monopoly is in the professional world. Every single photographer I know, from National Geographic down, uses Photoshop and/or Lightroom. I use Photoshop, but when I retire, so it will for another product that will do what I need when I'm not shooting for pay.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 18:25 UTC

One has to wonder what the metadata in the photos they distribute say. If the fields that are meant to imply copyright have Getty or Alamy in them, then they will lose. I sure hope someone takes a look at the metadata and makes it public so we can see exactly what is being done. As a photo editor myself, I would feel I had been defrauded if I had paid for one of these public domain photos at the same rate as from a photographer whose copyright is in full force.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 14:33 UTC as 23rd comment

My single biggest request would be good, strong Applescript support. That's one area Adobe is doing a really good job on with Photoshop. If I couldn't do things with Applescxript, Photoshop, Filemaker Pro, and some other tools out there (using ScriptDebugger to pull it all together rather than Apple's own script editor), I would be way less productive.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 3rd comment
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Danny: Sooner or later we won't even call this 'an alternative to Photoshop' any longer. Adobe has become an insult and ruined their flagship with it's Cloud policy. I am glad Affinity Photo is doing so well, and I hope they will not take the Mickey with it's customers like Adobe did.

@fuego6 - Nonsense. If anything, Adobe appreciates the help in avoiding prosecution as a monopoly they provide. All the way to people dropping Photoshop for a some day superior product. Any company being run by a marketing wonk will eventually fail.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
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cbphoto123: Where are all the SONY A7R II's ??? :P

By the next Olympics, Sony will have surpassed Canon and Nikon even in AF, and thus will become the pro choice. And as when Canon blew Nikon out of the water back in the 80s, Sony will be on top for a long, long time.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
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Gregm61: If they gave me 5 of those white lenses and sent me for free, I still wouldn't want to go to Rio to take pictures of anything.

Rio is a beautiful city, with lots and lots of beautiful sights (and women). Terrific food. Beaches that go on for miles. I had a great time there shooting once. A balcony overlooking Copacabana beach for $75 a night.

That was the good old days. Last time I was in Brazil, I sat by an Army officer from Rio on a plane. And he told me he was only comfortable in the tourist areas of Rio. If that's the case, I'm with you! I'll wait until all the nonsense is over and the crooks have moved out of the rural areas surrounding Rio and back into the favelas where they leave tourists elsewhere alone.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Companies like Getty represent everything hateful about today's photography and corporate greed to endlessly persecute independent image story-telling and content creation. "Move your arses boys, Getty is here to take best positions because they bribed the Olympic Committee with a bigger pile of $. If you want photos, you may buy from them. If you complain, we'll call security".

Used to be Allsport, now it's Getty. I was roughed up by one of Don King's photographers once at a po-dunk boxing match at Civic Arena in St. Joseph, Missouri. Lucky for me, I was friends with the arena's manager. Next time I saw that jerk was at a Kansas City Chiefs' game where I was on the sidelines shooting, while he was holding the line maker for the refs. Ya gotta feel sorry for people who don't have real jobs I guess.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 15:29 UTC
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