Jacques Cornell

Jacques Cornell

Lives in Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan
Works as a photographer
Has a website at jacquescornell.photography
Joined on Jul 13, 2002
About me:

I've been actively engaged in photography for about 35 years, the past 20 as a professional. I studied photography at the Institute for Contemporary Photography in Tokyo and the International Center of Photography in New York, have photos in the permanent collection at the Kiyosato Museum of Photography in Japan, have taught photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the International Center of Photography in New York, co-founded event photography company Happening Photos in New York, and serve clients around the world. I also shoot, print, exhibit and sell fine art travel & landscape photos.

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Rensol: What is the point of this article?
I thought they will give some suggestions on how to buy say $2000 lens for $1500 only. Or what particular brand not do buy on eBay/imported versions.
Instead author offers to buy a flashlight! :)
Or colored plexiglass...... What if newby wants to be a landscape photographer?
Can they purchase plexiglass sheet big enough to cover background shot with fisheye lend?

If you are writing an article for a newby then would be wise to suggest reading books about composition, get familiar with paintings of medieval time painters works, go to museums, develop taste for what's beautiful, etc...
Yes this is longer path and buying red plexiglass is faster and cheaper.
Everyone to their own.

How about an article titled, "Cheap Ways to Improve Your Reading Comprehension"?

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 14:58 UTC
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DotCom Editor: Only US dollars in the photo? No Euros? No pounds? No AU dollars? No krone?

Oh for chrissake. You want every currency in the world listed? That'll make for fun reading.
How about you do an online search for "currency convertor"?

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 14:56 UTC

A gray card is a fraction of the cost of the ExpoDisc.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 14:55 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (689 comments in total)

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Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 05:58 UTC as 10th comment
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OlyPent: Of course they aren't born to hate. Hate is developed on exposure to injustice. White men (and Asians now) develop hatred because they increasingly see themselves as having to care for an increasingly useless, ungrateful, belligerent underclass.

Dude, look at the faces. Those ARE the underclass.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 05:48 UTC
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ali20: I miss Obama. Sighhhh....

Heck, I even miss Dubya. By comparison, he was an intellectual giant with a heart of gold.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 05:47 UTC
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Erik Ohlson: A Panasonic ZS25 could have taken every one of those shots, as couls, say, a Canon S-100 or a Casio ZR700 or 800. Or Various Sonys, Nikons & Samsungs....

None of those are even close to the weight & bulk this guy carried.

Some of these wouldn't even produce RAW files, and none of them would produce a similarly high level of technical image quality at tele focal lengths. I doubt a decent stock agency would touch files from many of the cameras mentioned. Sure, if you're just making 12"x18" prints for yourself, have at it. But don't pretend IQ is the same or that a 24"x32" print is going to look as good.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 07:49 UTC
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JamesVo: Well done. First time I see an article that summarises so well the conflict between weight, image quality, weather sealing and instant accessibility for landscape photography enthusiasts in high mountain environments...with some nice pics too! People that don't hike or climb don't get to see what we see and it is very difficult to carry a camera good enough to capture such scenes realistically.

I have struggled with these issues too, carrying, at times, up to 6kg including D800, 2 lenses, tripod and acessories on multiday trips. The biggest issue for me has been accessibility. The big heavy camera goes on top of the backpack and I have to stop and remove the pack to get at the camera....so many shots get missed.

Thanks for posting and don't let the critical hyenas get to you, they just don't know what it's like to actually get shots like these.

Ebrahim Saadawi
"Is there really a conflict between image quality and weight since the day Sony crammed its 36mp sensor in the diminutive first A7-R and put a universal mount?"

Yes. It's the sizes of the lenses, not the bodies, that led me to choose a smaller format for travel.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 07:14 UTC
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Nice images but I really think they'd benefit greatly from a higher dynamic range camera. Not under-expose-by-6-stops-and-crank-shadow-slider-up-to-max fake look, but just a bit enough to keep the slightly clipped highlight intact and keep the shadows noiseless for closer inspection. Not even change the actual contrast of the images because they look nicer this way with high contrast.

I mean it would REALLY make an appreciable difference.

Great images again. Thanks for posting the shooting experience.

I just shoot an exposure bracket - takes about 2 seconds - then merge to HDR in LR. Gives me much more than the 1-2 extra stops of HDR I'd get from a larger sensor, without the cost, weight and bulk.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 07:05 UTC

Clambering over rocks as I do on my day hikes, I would never carry my camera on my hip. Were I to slip, there's a good chance I'd land on the camera. Instead, I carry my GX7 & 14-140 in a TLZ pouch on my chest, suspended from D-rings on my backpack's shoulder straps. This provides protection from branches, brush, and precipitation as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 07:01 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
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Jacques Cornell: Peak Designs gets a whole lot of free press these days. Makes me wonder if it's really free.

How about a review of OpTechUSA products? For decades, they've been making a complete system of modular components that can be configured for almost any purpose, letting you easily swap a camera from, say, a wrist strap to a shoulder strap to a dual sling harness. The stuff is versatile, reliable and affordable.

A lot of the expensive "new" strap products from boutique makers are essentially just repackaging OpTech's concepts at a higher price.

mosswings - In what way does it work better?

Impulses - I've been using OpTech stuff for 25 years - carrying heavy rigs like a Pentax 67 and Canon 1-series with long zooms and flashes around the world and through crowded banquet halls - and have never had a failure or accidental release or needed to replace any of it. I don't see how anything can be more "robust" or "stronger" than that.
I'm curious, though, what you mean by "Peak's fail mode will be more forgiving".
Good point about quick length adjustment. The only OpTech products I know of that have this are the the slings. That said, the slings are the only things I routinely need to adjust.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 07:02 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: Peak Designs gets a whole lot of free press these days. Makes me wonder if it's really free.

How about a review of OpTechUSA products? For decades, they've been making a complete system of modular components that can be configured for almost any purpose, letting you easily swap a camera from, say, a wrist strap to a shoulder strap to a dual sling harness. The stuff is versatile, reliable and affordable.

A lot of the expensive "new" strap products from boutique makers are essentially just repackaging OpTech's concepts at a higher price.

Your take sounds even more cynical.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 14:36 UTC

Peak Designs gets a whole lot of free press these days. Makes me wonder if it's really free.

How about a review of OpTechUSA products? For decades, they've been making a complete system of modular components that can be configured for almost any purpose, letting you easily swap a camera from, say, a wrist strap to a shoulder strap to a dual sling harness. The stuff is versatile, reliable and affordable.

A lot of the expensive "new" strap products from boutique makers are essentially just repackaging OpTech's concepts at a higher price.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 14:28 UTC as 36th comment | 14 replies
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cavensar: "We're going to need a bigger desk."

"We're going to need a neck brace."

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 14:19 UTC
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stevo23: The bride and groom really overdid it. As much as I thought the photographer was a mediocre wedding photographer at best and her practices were nickel and dime, this is probably the right verdict. She gave in after they complained - there was no reason to blast this all over the place.

It's only "shady" if she concealed it.
I agree, though, that it's an odd arrangement. Not the way I'd do it. Better to just charge $6250 up front and include the cover as part of the package. Or, charge $6000 and make the cover a $250 option. But, then, I haven't read the details of this case, so I don't know whether the clients had reason to feel aggrieved, or if they were just willfully ignorant of the terms. In the end, the court ruled with the photog, so it hardly seems constructive to be pointing fingers at her.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 20:33 UTC
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stevo23: The bride and groom really overdid it. As much as I thought the photographer was a mediocre wedding photographer at best and her practices were nickel and dime, this is probably the right verdict. She gave in after they complained - there was no reason to blast this all over the place.

"Nickel and dime" is how you keep up-front costs down for clients who can't afford extras. Example: gilded printing on the album cover: $50. Don't want it? Don't buy it. A photographer has to make a living. It's gonna cost what it's gonna cost, whether the bill has just one line item or 20, and the customer accepts these terms in signing the contract.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
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girlperson1: I've been asked several times to do weddings....no way would I ever get into that business. Bridezillas.

Close friends and family are the most perilous.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
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brycesteiner: It seems the news media should have been sued for defamation since they are the ones that took it and ran with it.

There's a difference between reporting and supporting.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
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NorCalAl: I'm an amateur and accepted an offer to shoot my girlfriend's daughter's wedding. I spent around two grand swapping out gear and buying better suited great for the wedding. Drove twice to the venue over five hours away. Once to test lighting and scope out good outdoor sports and once for the event. She didn't even thank me. I gave them all the processed shots but not the raw images. Her mother told her this and she interpreted that as I had held something back. She talked crap about me for years, to people I'd never met and didn't know me. Five years later I met a couple that knew her and introduced myself. They acted shocked. The man laughed and said "after all we've heard about you and the wedding pictures, we expected a monster!" Five years later. Fortunately, I had no business to be ruined.

A cautionary tale for amateurs who see wedding work for friends, colleagues, or "casual" clients as a shortcut on the winding path to building a career in photography. Money + high emotions + friends and family = recipe for disaster.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
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Bobthearch: I wonder why a large company like P&G doesn't have their own in-house photographer and photo studios? They would own the copyrights and save a fortune in licensing fees, especially if they end up losing millions because they could not adequately track each individual image license.

Or why they don't negotiate to purchase the copyrights from the outside photographers?

Bobthearch:
Thanks for being a gentleman. Sorry if I fell short of that standard.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
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