Straight Talk with Jack

Straight Talk with Jack 2017-04-01T16:55:12+00:00

Straight Talk with Jack

From time to time I’m going to add content to this page. No politics or religion (usually), but just a brief vent on things I like, don’t care about or really dislike in photography—or just life in general. Those of you who know me know I am often quite honest in offering my comments and opinions. So check back often. I know I might ruffle some feathers, but remember, these are just my opinions—and I’m certainly not right all the time! If you have a topic you’d like me to discuss, send me an email at [email protected] and let me know. Just put Straight Talk in the subject box. Thanks, Jack.


It amazes me how some folks don’t want to spend a dollar a month to read the Luminous Landscape website. The archives alone are invaluable. Is anyone else sick and tired of “Seven tips to this,” “Ten tips to this,” etc. when it comes to photo articles in print and online? I have just one tip. Write better titles!


A few weeks ago a woman in the grocery store put her “fresh organic” vegetables right on the conveyer belt. I asked the cashier when the last time they washed it was. He said “Probably never.” So much for buying organic. Then she put them in her “green” bag. I asked if she ever washed it and how old it was. Answer: No and two years. Glad I’m not eating at her house!


Looks like mirrorless is holding its own so far in 2016, while the big boys are having real problems. This is a story for a whole dissertation. Here are the numbers for Jan – April 2016:

  • Compact camera shipments down 34% in units, 30.8% in $$
  • Mirrorless camera shipments up 2.3%  in units, 28.9% in $$
  • DSLR camera shipments down 10.1% in units, 16.6% in $$
  • Lens shipments down 10.5% in units, 12.8% in $$

I would not want to be a camera dealer these days, especially with how some of the manufacturers make them buy stock.


Things I watched during the last two weeks in the field (in other words, think about these things when you’re out there):

TOO MANY CENTER COLUMNS UP — you do not have a monopod, folks! Why pay big $$ for a tripod and head then use the center column when the wind is blowing? On the same topic,  I HATE CAMERA STRAPS — I’m just not a strap guy (OK, I own one by Black Rabbit that is only on about .001% of the time). Straps hit the tripod and camera in the wind! What’s that about? Folks still using cheap polarizers etc. on good quality lenses bother me. Folks with top-of-the-line cameras with crap lenses bother me. I’d rather see an average camera with great glass.


How about the folks with Nikon D810’s and Canon 5DMK93’s using average tripods and less-than-average ball heads (I surmise the lack of vertical images are due to crappy ball heads). You all know who you are. Well, they have to have that D810 with all those megapixels. That way they can crop their images to look good, get lots of Facebook likes and hold their heads up pretending to be photographers. Why not get it right in the camera folks? Why not enjoy being a photographer and finally an artist instead of a picture taker and camera owner? There’s a lot of deception going on in photography these days.

OK enough for me for now—send me some food for thought—love ya all—Jack