Robert Holloway

Robert Holloway

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Dog rescue
Joined on Jul 4, 2001
About me:

Sony a6000
Zeiss 35/2.8, Zeiss 55/1.8, Rokinon 14/2.8, Sony 55-200/4.5

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Outstanding work Peter and really interesting and inspiring article. How cool if the Sigma 150-600 in a Canon mount would work with my Sigma MC11 and Sony a7r2. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 54th comment
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)

Very strange. In a word when sharing our images is so important we have Kodak coming out with this. At first i thought this was an April 1st post. Very strange.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 03:06 UTC as 42nd comment

I used to hire photographers. Never once made a decision based on brand used. Always, their portfolio. The idea that I'd hire a photographer because they used brand x or y is ridiculous. Let alone lens a or b. can you imagine the groom sitting with their crappy photo album and saying, well they shot it on brand x. When will people get it into their silly heads that the camera gear is not the decisive factor... it's the person behind it.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:41 UTC as 211th comment | 1 reply
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)

I've photographed dogs (mainly German Shepherds) for rescues and shelters for years. Today I'm shooting at Pugtacular in Danville CA. Most of my work is in pet stores or car parks outside. No backdrops, skittish dogs.

Excellent article, nice shots!

I moved from the squeaky toy to a smaller $1 squeaker. I keep it hidden in my hand. When the dog can't see the noise it generates awesome expressions.

I increasingly prefer a Rotolight with animals. Temperature controlled LED lighting provides excellent fill. Easier to set up and manage versus flashes and modifiers on stands. The Flashpoint / Godox L-ion units have fast recycle, hundreds of shots per charge and very consistent power output.

As for video - it's great for helping a potential adopter 'see' a dog. harder to capture the dog's "soul"

WARNING - be very careful with large dogs when you put a large camera to your face. Some do not respond to it well and can become fearful. Take your time.

Hope this is useful.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 17:14 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)

What is fascinating about the comments in this post is how little people know about shooting dogs. As someone who founded and runs a large rescue, runs a dog walking business and photographs for shelters and our rescue, I actually know a lot. My work includes off camera flash in a studio set up, action shots and natural light portraits. I have shot many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Apple and Sony. All are capable in different situations. That said, Sony mirrorless has been a leap forward for me. My real world experience is accurately reflected by this video. Most interesting is the impact of the iPhone 7+. Clients love shots from this camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:18 UTC as 61st comment
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
In reply to:

Marty4650: OK..... you win.
I will go out tomorrow and buy a Sony camera. :)

I run a dog rescue and bought a Sony camera in 2015. Switched from Canon and never looked back. This video is like a film of what i do.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:11 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
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Magnar W: This is a great video! Informative, revealing the tracking autofocus capabilities of this small mirrorless camera. I did not know that mirrorless AF has reached such a level of speed and precision. Very useful information.

I really appreciate your work, no matter which brand you are showing. Sure, most of us do undestand that this is a gear forum! ;-)

For those critisising and making fun of dogs and cats photos, show us your best! :-D

I run a dog rescue and switched to Sony 15 months ago for all these reasons. No going back!

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
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ttran88: This is old news for Old time Sony MILC users. Keeper rate and creative composition is easier to achieve with mirrorless than on an OVF camera. Paired with sony's fast and plentiful AF points on A6x00 series makes shooting dogs, cats or little kids a breeze and entertaining.

I run a dog rescue (Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue) and used to shoot Canon. Sony has revolutionized stuff for us and made taking images of our dogs far easier.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:09 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
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mxx: So in the last few days we had:
1. Sony Xperia XZ camera review
2. Five reasons to buy the Sony RX100
3. Shooting dogs with the Sony a6300
Are DPR's salaries being paid by Amazon, or Sony? I'm confused.

mxx and some other should each offer $10,000 per year to pay for DP review. Silly comments. Great video BTW!

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (237 comments in total)

Always mystified by these lenses. I cannot imagine needing AF at 12mm, so what is the point. As a Sony user I have the excellent Rokinon 14mm f2.8 at about $400, I added the 16-35mm f4 Sony/Zeiss which is excellent for $1500.

If I was doing this again, I'd buy the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 and Sigma 20mm f1.8 for a combined $1300. Faster, sharper and cheaper. Rob

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 04:06 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies

Stunning shots. I've worked on many shoots and nothing compares to this. Could care less about the equipment. The key point for me is Benjamin Von Wong's imagination and creativity to even think up the shots. Secondly, the skill to lead a team and bring them to life. Outstanding..... and thanks to DPR for sharing

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 15:56 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: So it can drain the battery in 30 seconds? Impressive!

Ignore this poster - anonymous troll with only 18 posts.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 04:12 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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eliehbk: Pure esthetically it is one hell of an ugly camera.

Silly post anonymous 'person' - the a6000 was one of the biggest selling ILCs of all time and this is essentially the same.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 04:10 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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c45: The a6500 is the a6300 take No. 2, in 9 months there will be a6700 or a6300 take No. 3

Really? When I was a Canon shooter the forums were full of people complaining about their slow updates and product cycle times. Sony speed it up and people like you complain because they bring innovation to market quickly.

This many not apply to you c45, but many stupid people on these posts have not woken up to the fact that our camera market is in very rapid decline. We are being eaten alive by phones. the only solution is rapid innovation within the enthusiast segment. Pros don't want new cameras every few months.

Sorry, but so many ill informed or worst still ill motivated posts on here.
Rob

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 04:08 UTC

Just love reading the stupidity of many of these posts. Here is why they are mindless and stupid.

A camera brand brings out a new camera with new features - no brand users dig in. But they forget that the innovation and competitiveness of the new camera will force their favorite brand to move forwards.

I know this is complex, but please try and understand. If Canon innovates, it's good for Sony and Nikon users. if Nikon innovates it's good for Sony & canon users.

If you already get this, you don't need to get mad with me as you obviously agree.

If it's too complex ... post away!
Rob

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 06:56 UTC as 59th comment | 5 replies
On article Aura is a next generation digital picture frame (74 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: My 90 year old mom has a frame sitting useless in her lounge. Why? It's stand alone and hard to update shots to the CF card. It needs an ugly wire and has to be plugged in. It looked terrible when the lighting was turned down. But most importantly, all her friends and family have tablets and phones and show her pictures when they come round.

$400 has to be a joke. I can't believe investors fell for that. If I was going to spend $400 on a "frame", I'd buy her a refurbished 32GB iPad Air 2 for $369 and load it up with Gigs of images from the wifi network in her home. I'd throw in a few boxes of chocolates and cakes with the spare $30.

Sorry :-) But they just can't be serious when they must know that there are tablet that do way more and cost less.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 21:12 UTC
On article Aura is a next generation digital picture frame (74 comments in total)

My 90 year old mom has a frame sitting useless in her lounge. Why? It's stand alone and hard to update shots to the CF card. It needs an ugly wire and has to be plugged in. It looked terrible when the lighting was turned down. But most importantly, all her friends and family have tablets and phones and show her pictures when they come round.

$400 has to be a joke. I can't believe investors fell for that. If I was going to spend $400 on a "frame", I'd buy her a refurbished 32GB iPad Air 2 for $369 and load it up with Gigs of images from the wifi network in her home. I'd throw in a few boxes of chocolates and cakes with the spare $30.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 20:18 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: Hilarious responses below. I remember when the iPhone was first introduced in 2007 and people saying it was junk in comparison with their Point & Shoot camera because it was better quality. Well P&S cameras are sure selling fast!

Mark these words, this is the most important photographic announcement in 2016 and here is why. It's because an f1.8 optical zoom combined with bokeh is the next leap forward on smart phones that are already killing vast sections of the camera market. For most people, that is already good enough, for many more it's another reason they don't need to carry a second device.

Samsung and others will have their versions on the market in months, the iPhone 7s smaller version will have it and soon, this technology will be in millions of people's hands and pockets.

Does the 7+ replace my a7r2 with a Zeiss 35/1.4? No, but as a second, go any where camera, it may be perfect. For many it will be perfect - period. Oh yeah, it's also waterproof!

What Wild Light and others miss is that this was not designed for someone like me who will spend thousands on bodies, f1.4 primes and lighting. I'm in the 1/10th of 1%. Most of my friends who have Canon Rebels or the like, who have never shot off "P", will jump on this as an easier camera that produces greta results in their eyes. it's always in their pocket and...... if I want to try and take artistic photos, i won't use an iPhone, but for 99% this is a big deal. The photo companies poured scorn on Steve Jobs in 2007 and now people here are doing the same to Apple again. You and me are NOT the general public and what the iPhone is doing is eating it's way up the camera pyramid. It's killed the P&S market, now it's going after entry level DSLR shooters. My ex GF texted me this afternoon.... "thank god, don't need my camera any more" and she had a Canon 5D2!! Bhima78 is correct! I return to my original point. This is a seismic announcement in the photo world.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 03:00 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: Hilarious responses below. I remember when the iPhone was first introduced in 2007 and people saying it was junk in comparison with their Point & Shoot camera because it was better quality. Well P&S cameras are sure selling fast!

Mark these words, this is the most important photographic announcement in 2016 and here is why. It's because an f1.8 optical zoom combined with bokeh is the next leap forward on smart phones that are already killing vast sections of the camera market. For most people, that is already good enough, for many more it's another reason they don't need to carry a second device.

Samsung and others will have their versions on the market in months, the iPhone 7s smaller version will have it and soon, this technology will be in millions of people's hands and pockets.

Does the 7+ replace my a7r2 with a Zeiss 35/1.4? No, but as a second, go any where camera, it may be perfect. For many it will be perfect - period. Oh yeah, it's also waterproof!

Love the word never when discussed on a technology forum. It's not like the bokeh on Zeiss Otus or Canon 1.2L for sure. But that's missing the point. 99% of people have never seen it to compare. FOR MOST PEOPLE aka 99% it will be amazing. It will remove the need for an entry level DSLR with it's F4 kit lens, which does not provide Zeiss Otus bokeh either. To be honest Wild Light, you sound like the many who scoffed at the original iPhone and said it was irrelevant to real cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 22:35 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)

Hilarious responses below. I remember when the iPhone was first introduced in 2007 and people saying it was junk in comparison with their Point & Shoot camera because it was better quality. Well P&S cameras are sure selling fast!

Mark these words, this is the most important photographic announcement in 2016 and here is why. It's because an f1.8 optical zoom combined with bokeh is the next leap forward on smart phones that are already killing vast sections of the camera market. For most people, that is already good enough, for many more it's another reason they don't need to carry a second device.

Samsung and others will have their versions on the market in months, the iPhone 7s smaller version will have it and soon, this technology will be in millions of people's hands and pockets.

Does the 7+ replace my a7r2 with a Zeiss 35/1.4? No, but as a second, go any where camera, it may be perfect. For many it will be perfect - period. Oh yeah, it's also waterproof!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:40 UTC as 159th comment | 12 replies
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