hotdog321

hotdog321

Lives in United States Houston, United States
Works as a Photojournalist
Has a website at http://hartleyphotos.com
Joined on Feb 9, 2009
About me:

Craig Hartley is an editorial photographer based in Houston, Texas.

I am a three-time Pulitzer nominee and serious photojournalist. I was a staff photographer for the Houston Post until it was nuked by the Hearst Corporation in 1995. Bitter? Nah!

These days I offer cutting-edge digital photography and transmitting services for editorial, public relations, corporate and graphic arts clients.

AWARDS: Bachelors, Masters degrees in Photojournalism. First place National Headliners, two first place from Associated Press, first place from United Press International, participant Missouri Workshop & Poynter Institute.

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Interesting. Reading though the threads, the instant feedback from most posters are concerns for recording governmental and police misbehavior and very little to do with keeping concert promoters happy. As a career news photographer, it's fascinating how the cell phone has become the tool of the masses to keep thugs in line.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:52 UTC as 77th comment

Yes, and it would also be handy for disabling those pesky phone cameras from recording government troops shooting protestors, protest marches and police beatings.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 13:12 UTC as 99th comment | 1 reply

Interesting--I wonder if a full frame version is in the works.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 43rd comment

Great. Another jpeg killer. I suspect this time next year we will have to query Google to know what the heck it was.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 23:51 UTC as 5th comment

O.K., that was pretty cool. Now I've got to get a GoPro. And a rocket. And a launch and tracking facility. :)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 18:43 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Not a fan of the "light" version. The blinding white is awfully routine for websites plus it desaturates the photos. I often surf DPreview in a dim room and find the black much more pleasant. I see I'm in the minority, but it's my two cents.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 22:59 UTC as 499th comment
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hotdog321: Nice, but unless Samsung puts back the replaceable battery and water proofing like the S5, this is a total non-starter for me.

Absolutely ! I forgot they messed that up, too.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 02:43 UTC

Nice, but unless Samsung puts back the replaceable battery and water proofing like the S5, this is a total non-starter for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 21:24 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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hotdog321: I genuinely wonder why there is such an emotional attachment to mirrorless cameras, and the Sony a7RII in particular. The a7RII appears superb on paper and in leisurely situations, but clearly isn't "there" yet for action and for most pro usage. The overheated rhetoric is more akin to a religion or favored sports team than a reasoned discussion.

Folks, trust me. If and when mirrorless cameras surpass DSLR bodies for pro still photographers, we will be the first to dump the old Rube Goldberg DSLR and grab a mirrorless body.

JunzInc. Read my two posts above again--I never said or implied such a thing. I think the a7RII is a dandy camera within its limitations. No one says you can't use the a7RII for sports; it is simply a poor tool for tasks of this sort.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
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hotdog321: I genuinely wonder why there is such an emotional attachment to mirrorless cameras, and the Sony a7RII in particular. The a7RII appears superb on paper and in leisurely situations, but clearly isn't "there" yet for action and for most pro usage. The overheated rhetoric is more akin to a religion or favored sports team than a reasoned discussion.

Folks, trust me. If and when mirrorless cameras surpass DSLR bodies for pro still photographers, we will be the first to dump the old Rube Goldberg DSLR and grab a mirrorless body.

No, many pros never shoot sports or wildlife. BUT! but after 35 years of earning a living with cameras, it is my humble opinion that nothing uncovers the underlying weaknesses of a camera/lens better than a sports assignment. It tests ruggedness, weather sealing, battery life, focus speed, focus accuracy, frames per second, low light sensitivity, and handling in pressure situations. A camera that can handle a sports assignment can handle just about every other situation. But a camera that performs well for landscapes or the studio may or many not be able to handle action.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 15:31 UTC

I genuinely wonder why there is such an emotional attachment to mirrorless cameras, and the Sony a7RII in particular. The a7RII appears superb on paper and in leisurely situations, but clearly isn't "there" yet for action and for most pro usage. The overheated rhetoric is more akin to a religion or favored sports team than a reasoned discussion.

Folks, trust me. If and when mirrorless cameras surpass DSLR bodies for pro still photographers, we will be the first to dump the old Rube Goldberg DSLR and grab a mirrorless body.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 13:49 UTC as 35th comment | 14 replies
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sony shooter: As a Sony Shooter. This article show how hard it is to go from DSLR to a Mirrorless.

You haven't gotten into the menus to shut of image review, its obvious that you didn't spend time learning how to use focusing system such as focus locking, and most of all how to use the drive by wire focusing that is new with the Sony mirrorless cameras.

BTW it took me over a month to learn how to use Sony mirrorless coming from a Canon and Sony DSLR. its been rewarding yet difficult. Maybe you should give it a second shot after you learn the menus and functions.

Just my opinion.

"BTW it took me over a month to learn how to use Sony mirrorless coming from a Canon and Sony DSLR."

This line alone shows an inherent flaw in the Sony system. If it takes a freaking MONTH to learn to operate the darn camera, there is something horribly wrong with the ergonomics, menus and design.

When I switched from film to my first Canon 1D camera, I was shooting comfortably in 1 HOUR. Any system that requires the user to wade though hundreds of pages and settings is messed up.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 20:30 UTC
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dlb41: What did sports photographers do before there was autofocus? Must have been Hell. Is it even possible to manually focus at a sporting event today? Are modern viewfinders even able to do manual focus?

Photographers missed a higher percentage of action shots back in the pre-autofocus days, though the experts that shot sports all the time did better, of course. But the bottom line is that it is NORMAL to come back superb action shots these days. The standard-to-good shot these days would be a clip (award winner) 2-3 decades ago.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 20:21 UTC

Thank you for an honest analysis of the Sony a7RII in a real-life sports venue. It must have been a tough review considering the overheated rhetoric we've been hearing about this camera for months. Expect flamers.

As an editorial photographer I was really interested in how the a7RII handled action. Sounds pretty horrible, certainly not what pros need and expect from today's DSLRs.

The colors and contrast on the posted images look kinda funky, too, off-color, low contrast and some look like there is flare across the frame. Of course, PP could add some "pop" and neutralize some of the color cast, but they are nothing to write home about.

Loved that you tried out the Canon 70-200; ideally a 300mm or 400mm f/2.8 would make a nice additional sports test.

Thanks again!

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 18:43 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)

I can't agree about the Samsung S6 at all. No micro-SD slot, no replaceable battery and not waterproof like the S5. What the?! Sticking with my Samsung S5--the S6 is an epic fail, IMO.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply

Ewwww! I assume this is a gag item. Come on haters, lighten up!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 142nd comment | 1 reply
On article Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay (235 comments in total)

I hear the Hubble is due for retirement one day. But shipping is kinda pricey.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 21:56 UTC as 89th comment
On article Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay (235 comments in total)

F8?! Don't they know we need a f/2.8 lens?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 21:18 UTC as 97th comment | 4 replies
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