Steve Bingham

Steve Bingham

Lives in United States Payson, AZ, United States
Works as a Retired Photo Instructor. Now does Fine Art Photo
Has a website at
Joined on May 25, 2001
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Second web site:

I have been actively involved in all aspects of digital photography for the past 25 years. Used Photostyler before Adobe bought them out and came out with Photoshop 2.5 for the PC (now use PS CC 2018). I currently use the Nikon D810 and D7200 (wife's) with the Nikon 14-24mmf2.8, Nikon f2.8 24-70, Nikon 12-24 f4, Nikon 50mm f1.8, Nikon 16-80mm f2.8-4, Nikon 70-200mm VR f2.8, Nikon 300mm f4, Nikon 105mm VR, as well as a Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro and Tamro 2.8 28-75. . . and others. I change lenses often. Induro 3 section carbon tripod coupled with a Kirk head. Epson 3880 and 2880 (wife's), and a wide format Epson 7900. Flash is Nikon SB800 and Sigma EF500 with 5' umbrellas in the field, etc. Studio units are Elinchrome 1200 ws with 3' x 4' soft boxes.

I am an over-the-hill, retired photography instructor (MS in Photography from Brooks Institute). I no longer do corporate reports, weddings, portraits, stock photos, catalogues, or submit to magazines. I just shoot for FUN! (http// (http//
For this reason the nature of my work has changed. It no longer appeals to the average person. Some hate it. Some love it. It matters not. Even as I review my own work I can see some photos are very weak - and some are excellent. Funny thing is, few people agree with me on which is which!!! And that`s good.


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A famous Davinator quote of a few days back:

"I use my old Canon D30 at 3mp with a Zoneplate adaptor and pinhole adaptor. My Canon 10D spends most of it's time with my daughter so she has both digital and film gear. My old D2X is actually a walkaround body for me as I love the ergonomics."

And he is slamming Reilly? Puzzled, but that's OK. This is the internet.
I can think of a better use for $64,000 - even as a rental.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 17:05 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon G1 X III vs. Sony Cybershot RX100 V (631 comments in total)

Small problem. Smartphones usually do NOT fit in your pocket and the rear LCD is almost impossible to compose with the sun shining on it. So, my Sony works great. My RX-100 III stays in my pocket, focuses damn fast, has zoom, and a VIEWFINDER with diopter adjustment. It is simply a better camera! Yeah, and it easily fits in my SHIRT pocket. Gotta love Payson, Arizona weather!!!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 22:30 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: DxOMark's smartphone rating system explained (40 comments in total)

Excellent video! If a photographer has specific needs, then pick the sub-category, or categories, that best meet those needs. A landscape photographer might well need different criteria than a portrait photographer - like texture and color for landscapes. The overall score really is not something I would use.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 17:04 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Pretty worthless test. Is your monitor calibrated? Is it calibrated correctly? Have you had a great deal of experience calibrating monitors? The monitor you use and how you have it calibrated will determine your likes and dislikes far more than your choice of camera bodies. And then there is the lens you use? Does it have a color cast? Most do, to some degree or another. Again, a totally worthless test. Blind test indeed!!!!!

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 16:55 UTC as 103rd comment | 4 replies

Reason enough to ALWAYS insure your camera equipment. As a non-pro we are talking 1% of the value for a year. As a pro, we might have to pay 5%.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 02:05 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
On article EyeEm 2017 Photography Awards finalists revealed (4 comments in total)

Nice to announce the contest AFTER closing date. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 20:11 UTC as 4th comment
On photo surftastic in the Get High or Get Low challenge (3 comments in total)

Gotta love those GoPros! (guessing) Nice.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 22:45 UTC as 1st comment
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (392 comments in total)

Both my wife and I use Nik software on CC 2017 without any problems We use Windows 7. Works flawlessly . . . and was free. We use ACR for raw conversion and other software as needed. No problems yet.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 16:15 UTC as 61st comment

What a DUMB and useless article! Enough said. You guys must be getting desperate! Semi-pro?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 92nd comment | 3 replies
On photo Thunderheads With Egret in the Wings challenge (33 comments in total)

A composite . . . regardless of your story. However, I love it, along with other composites on your web site. And who cares? A have made, and sold, dozens of composites. By studying the light and DOF it is often possible to see a composite - buy why? It is a beautiful image with the possible exception of the composition being a little off. Keep cranking! Nice work.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 01:50 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On photo Osprey Pair in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 15, O challenge (16 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 00:48 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Well, I see a few errors. The Grand Canyon has moved to the center of Arizona as well as the Pacific Coast moving 500 miles east. Then there are the obvious hot spots. Worthless.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 18:39 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (162 comments in total)

I had this camera - and loved it. Still selling prints that were made with it. It had only one fault. It was slooooow. Very slow in everything it did. Great camera. I only wish Olympus had continued along this line. Sure, they made the E20 - and then quit. Jumped onto the Nikon ship.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 03:00 UTC as 16th comment
On photo NIK_6977 in Nikon17's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

You are kidding, right? It looks like you added too much clarity in your conversion. How do you know these are not stars?

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 1st comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

Kodak Pony 35 - film camera of the 50s. Now I use a Nikon 810. What a difference!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 19:51 UTC as 149th comment
On photo Early morning rower in bathgate's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Man, that's a LOT of pelicans! And yes, the larger version looks much better.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 21:35 UTC as 1st comment
On photo No spaghetti... in Leonostro's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

You are welcome . . . and it's true.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 16:07 UTC as 1st comment
On photo No spaghetti... in Leonostro's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Some of the best dog photos I have ever seen!

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 15:31 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Wish I was a birder! 600mm at 4.3 pounds. Awesome. $1,399 US.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

My cousin and his wife were visiting Rio. Just outside of town he was hit over the head with a 2x4 about 5' long. Down he went while the second thief grabbed his wife's handbag, knocked her to the ground, and ran into an alley. This was in broad daylight. Funny thing is, he had lived in Rio for over 5 years while they built the damn - many, many years ago. Rio has seriously changed! My cousin is in great physical condition. 6'2" and 190 pounds of quickness.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 20:03 UTC as 137th comment
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