Les Berkley

Les Berkley

Lives in United States PA, United States
Works as a Writer/photographer
Has a website at www.photo.net/photos/wogears
Joined on May 5, 2004

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Les Berkley: Very nice interview, but that man cannot be a photographer. He never mentioned "bokeh" or "Eye-Cue".

Once again, sarcasm is futile. Sigh.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 17:37 UTC

Very nice interview, but that man cannot be a photographer. He never mentioned "bokeh" or "Eye-Cue".

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 19:54 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies

Wow! Fanboi FTW, etc. My pictures of brick walls are really going to improve! Not to mention cats. And my girlfriends looking uncomfortable.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 19:40 UTC as 52nd comment

Geez Louise! What's THIS crud doing here? It's about TAKING PICTURES, for bleep's sake. Who does THAT? We need a new camera, so we can find out whether it has front or side focus, banding when shooting light bulbs, dirt on its sensor, and whether or not there will be (shudder) VISIBLE NOISE at ISO 256,000. The "venerable" 7D? VENERABLE? Has it stopped taking pictures all of a sudden?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 20:20 UTC as 50th comment
On article Street photography tips with Zack Arias (152 comments in total)
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Steve from TO: Enjoyed watching. Just one issue. Not crazy about Zack thinking it is cool to give tips on how to be sneaky and photograph someone on the sly. Surely, as a street photographer he should be encouraging people to ask permission and actually develop a relationship. You will end up with far more intimate photos and a richer traveling experience. We are, after all, guests in their country and should act with respect.

Asking permission is fine--you get one type of image. Not asking (where legal and safe) gets you another sort of image. Both can be excellent.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 21:38 UTC
On article Street photography tips with Zack Arias (152 comments in total)
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Stray Dog: Zack Arias stuff is mediocre. Seems like a nice chap, but the shots he gets are really run of the mill. Outside being a massive Fuji shill I have no idea why anyone would make videos of him shooting.

Side on shots of people smoking are frankly boring and all the messing around pretending to shoot a sky was just useless.

A lot of the advice is just hack street photographer 101. You'll end up with boring shots if you listen to his advice on framing. Using a door as a frame is the most overplayed trick in the book. If you want a human element don't sit in a doorway waiting for a random passerby, go out and find a person that makes you want to shoot them.

Plus making people pose is very contrived. It reminds me of when Winogrand got asked about Davidson and he said it was a, "personal misunderstanding of Diane Arbus' work." It seems that that misunderstanding is still alive today in Zack Arias. Interacting is fine, but making them a caricature is bad.

Sorry, Mr. Dog, but his pictures are a lot better than yours (or mine for that matter).

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 21:33 UTC
On photo DSC_0096 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

First of all, get that modern saddle out of there. Next, get some respectable clothing.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 14:59 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Nikon D3200 Review Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

First of all, get that modern saddle out of there. Next, get some respectable clothing.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 14:59 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III production samples sample gallery (10 comments in total)

Skin tone looks excellent on this one. Natural, no excessive saturation.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2012 at 16:10 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo PT3C0081 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (10 comments in total)

Skin tone looks excellent on this one. Natural, no excessive saturation.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2012 at 16:10 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity (25 comments in total)

So I take it that, in order to get 1/2 stop more light, I have to pay ten thousand dollars? And, for that ten grand I will get jagged blur with outlined highlights? Count me in! Can't I just bump up the ISO? Then I can use the Sigma 50 f1.4, which is sharper and has lovely blur to boot.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 14:53 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Introduction to Travel Photography (43 comments in total)

Huh? List of equipment? WHO CARES? First three shots are okay, but no more. A slower shutter speed on the first one would've made it a lot better. Taj shot is good, but I wish the foreground had been in focus.

The most important thing to have on location is not gear--it is an advance plan and/or a local guide who really knows the area. Having the proper clothing and medications is a lot more important than what lenses you are carrying.

See http://www.photosbysuzimooremcgregor.com/INDIA.html for some images that actually TAKE you somewhere.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 16:54 UTC as 21st comment
On photo Moroccan woman. in the Village & Rural challenge (3 comments in total)

This one's fun. I like both faces.
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Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2011 at 20:05 UTC as 1st comment
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