mark power

Lives in United States Silver Spring, MD, United States
Works as a photographer
Joined on Jun 1, 2005


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On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (820 comments in total)

Interesting that after over thirty years of working in film and God knows how many cameras, I only owned one on your list, the Olympus XA. A lot of my film cameras I wouldn't want a second time around but the ones I would enjoy using again would be Leica 3g; Nikon SP; and the Contax G2, all 35mm rangefinder cameras. Medium format would have to be the Plaubel Makina and the Fuji 6x9. SLR's - for years it was that old workhorse the Pentax Spotmatic. But I preferred rangefinger cameras over SLRs. But the bottom line is after being in digital photography almost as long as I worked with film I would never look back no matter how nostalgic I get for those machines. But I guess I'm getting a little off topic!

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 05:14 UTC as 149th comment
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justmeMN: "Frankly, Sony would benefit from hiring a firm dedicated to UI to re-design the physical controls, menus and button/dial interface completely from scratch. It pains me to see such refined technological achievement placed into hands of photographers, only to hear 'I wouldn't shoot it because I'm constantly fighting the ergonomics' or 'it just isn't a pleasure to use'." -DPR

That's what happens when a camera is made by an electronics company, rather than a traditional camera company.

I have had four Sony high-end digital cameras and the menus has been terrible on all them going back to the A1. And the same with the manuals, barely usable. What a contrast with the cameras themselves which are marvels of technology and picture-making abilities. It's high time Sony hired a menu designer as suggested and a good tech writer ( English-speaking preferably) to do their manuals.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 18:57 UTC
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sh10453: There are better ways, poses, atmosphere, and composition to take a nude picture of a child, IMHO.
I do not like the way this image was taken.

This is aside from the fact that I do not agree with the idea of taking nude children images to enter a contest, which is very different from parents wanting the nude child's picture for their own PRIVATE collection of their children's images over the years.

To each their own, but this is not a tasteful image.

"No question of the model's personality may be allowed to intrude itself. So soon as people begin to ask 'who is it?' at that instant the model simply becomes a naked man or woman and the picture becomes offensive." Paul Anderson c. 1915.
" The best way of securing an acceptable picture in the nude is by hiding the face." --Charles Caffin,1901
What say we join the 21st century? The nude as a portrait is one of the biggest changes photography brought to this ancient genre.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 02:49 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)

Let's admit it, Sony engineers are brilliant - too brilliant. They apparently race one another to see how many features they can cram into a tiny space. So many picture options undermines the confidence of the photographer because who has time to test them all before deciding to make a photo? There's usually the nagging feeling, "if only I had..." let's have a stripped down version of the A7s. No video, few picture and scene effects, no auto cropping, face finders and so on. Just keep the essential features for good responsive intuitive photography. They could call it the A7pro. We'll never go back to film but the best film cameras just gave you what you need and didn't burden the machine with a lot of engineering hubris.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 02:23 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies

I am waiting for an artist I respect to show me a series that would have been impossible without the Leica M246. Until then I am quite happy with the B/Ws I've been getting with Sony equipment and for me Leica will remain the plaything of the rich 'enthusiast'. Salgado are you listening? What's your opinion?

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 19:56 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
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Tord S Eriksson: Tried the new magic Photos, and found it lacking in every way!

Happily I found a way to delete it totally (the OS doesn't allow this normally), and while I still mainly use Aperture, this will be the last of Apple software I'll be using (still using Final Cut Pro).

Really sad, that Apple just abandons us, just like that!

Do you mind telling us how you deleted Photos?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 03:48 UTC

Lightroom takes a while to learn but from the beginning it was clearly superior to Aperture. iPhoto wasn't even in the running it was so bad. Photo is no improvement. Take the trouble to learn a great piece of software, Lightroom, and you won't look back.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 16:03 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2014 Video: The Canon G7 X (113 comments in total)

A sony RX100 series wannabe. I'll stay with the original.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 04:17 UTC as 9th comment
On article 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail (284 comments in total)

It seems to be ( judging only from reproductions) that Martin Schoeller got there first and with much less complicated equipment, using from what I remember reading, digital medium format. Schoeller's portraits may not be 900MB but I find them much more compelling.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 04:07 UTC as 31st comment

The author failed to make his point: that using expensive Leica cameras will make you a better photographer. When the Leica came out in the thirties it was an innovation; a small camera, exquisitely made wtih superior optics and very quickly many great artists adopted the camera: Cartier-Bresson, Cornell Capa, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank - the list goes on. The point is these brilliant artists made iconic photographs with Leica cameras. Since the advent of digital photography Leica has become a bloated parody of its former excellence. Expense and engineering alone do not make for great cameras. Sample Leica images only prove is that Leicas are capable of making technically excellent pictures, a claim even cell phone cameras can make. I ask where are the artists using digital Leica equipment? Instead of showing me the money, show me the work. I suppose research could turn up one or two noted photo-artists using digital Leica equipment but I don't know of any.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 05:04 UTC as 20th comment
On article Sample gallery: Nokia Lumia 1020 (58 comments in total)

I have to side with minority who are wondering what is the point? An in-phone camera is convenient for everyday tasks like remembering where you parked but it hardly needs to be high resolution. For any serious photography why would you want to use a slab even one with high resolution which will have serious limitations inherent in the telephone design not the least of which is that someone will call in the middle of a shot? Good cameras ( like my RX100MK2) are so small now I have no trouble carrying one along with a cellphone - who really needs an all-in-one?

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 15:18 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies

A pretentious video about a pretentious camera. These days if I see someone with a Leica of any kind I see either a rich amateur or an insecure professional who cares how he or she looks. Leica has ceased to be relevant for a long time now and the monochrome camera and this model make my case yet again.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 03:49 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies

Why not give the executives of the Sun Times cellphone cameras and let the fired photographers run the paper. Reporters would only be allowed to make videos, no more wordplay. Editors would be limited to editing twitters which of course would be the content of the paper. The paper would cease publication and only be online squeezed in between pop-up ads.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 03:53 UTC as 29th comment

To all those jumping ship, wait for me. We have to admit their software is brilliant and their customer relations just about the worst in the business.The CEO smirks when he says outrageous charges are 'good value'. It's not even good value for Adobe, Mr Short-sightedness. This subscription gimmick is clearly only value for high end professionals and big studios. The fine-art photographer without institutional support - who I might add is just as professional a practitioner as as any studio photographer or photojournalist -is up the creek. Who can afford $50 a month or even $30 for a piece of software they might use 2-3 times a month? In my case I use Lightroom on a daily basis but now the handwriting seems to be on the wall for that fine product. I will dump it like its on fire if it goes the subscription route. Are all you Adobe competitors out there listening? Are you listening Aperture?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2013 at 04:35 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies
On article Pro DSLRs, Pro Photographers (126 comments in total)

This is a little off-topic but it does relate to the workflow demanded by the daily media - years ago I wanted to do a show of work by a photojournalist friend whose work I admired in the newspaper. He said it was impossible; most of what he shot every day was in the newspaper's archives and except for the few images selected by his editors for publication he had never seen 90% of what he had photographed (after the initial exposures of course) and he was too busy to take the time out for a look backwards. This was in the days of film. Imagine what it's like now.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 05:05 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples (255 comments in total)

Do any of you ever take pictures?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2013 at 05:26 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

I guess I'm old school. I just want a digital camera that allows me to take good pictures in an intuitive way - as far as processing goes, I prefer to do that at home on a large screen where I can see details, not on a viewfinder. I don't want apps on my camera because that will distract me from seeing and seeing with clarity is the role of a view finder. I also have no desire to use my camera as a telephone or an email reader. I have a smartphone that performs those roles very well and I enjoy the apps I have on the phone. 'But then you'd only have to carry one device'. I'd rather have two devices each with a clearly defined role. I do use the smartphone camera to make records of various sorts and I appreciate its handiness. But when I'm ready to do photography I take out my camera which incidentally is the same size as the smartphone. .

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 05:46 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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