A case for eye-level viewfinders:
"When photographing people from mid or close distance, waist-level SLRs and TLRs tended to be angled upward, often capturing everything below the jawline-and the subject's nostrils-in great detail. Not a pretty picture."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, March 2005)
On using image stabilization:
"My advice: No matter the system, switch on image stabilization for all picture taking. I can guarantee you'll get sharper pictures."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, June 2005)
Long vs. wide:
"Why does the concept of 'telephoto' always seem more exciting than 'wide angle'? For many, it's the possibility of snooping. A newspaper front page sporting telephoto pictures of Jennifer Lopez will certainly garner more eyeballs than wide-angle photos."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, February 2006)
Film vs. Photoshop:
"A toast to film? You bet. But don't forget the Photoshop chaser."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, March 2006)
On interchangeable lenses:
"With the continuing march of new, improved, more-megapixeled camera models that replace each other with alarming succession, one manufacturer suggested that perhaps camera bodies are becoming mere accessories, and that lenses, whose lives are more stable (even rising in price) may become the true products."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, April 2006)
Price vs. quality:
"Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a patch to your door? Not in DSLRs. It's the cheaper mousetrap that usually wins out."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, June 2006)
If you were alone on a deserted island and could only have one camera and lens, what would it be?
"An all-mechanical Nikon F with a coupled selenium meter (no battery) and a 105mm macro lens to photograph flora and fauna, big and small, and to take a fine portrait of the person who rescues me!"
(Popular Photography & Imaging, August 2006)
"What's the most exciting moment in photography? In my book, nothing equals the instant of shutter release, when you feel, 'Got it!' And for me, one of the prerequisites for obtaining this satisfying moment is a high-quality SLR finder image."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, September 2006)
How can you clean a really filthy lens in an emergency?
"Stop at the nearest bar, ask the bartender to moisten a clean, soft cocktail napkin with vodka, and proceed as if you had lens cleaning fluid and tissue."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, January 2007)
When shooting wildlife with a tele from a Jeep, what common errors should I avoid?
"Not only turning off the engine to avoid blurred pictures, but also waiting until the gas in a half-full tank stops sloshing around. If the hippo charges right at you, pray the engine turns on promptly."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, March 2007)
Relating a comment by renowned photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt:
"After Nikon introduced the first motordrive-compatible in 1954 (2.5 fps), I asked Eisie if he ever used a motor. 'Never,' said Eisie. 'It might miss something that this would have caught.' He wiggled his shutter release finger at me."
(Popular Photography & Imaging, April 2007)
On the joys of collecting:
"Among the many things I resent about digital imaging is the slamming of the door on one of my favorite hobbies, camera collecting. Aside from getting a discontinued model cheap to use as a backup, can you tell me why someone would be excited about buying an obsolete digital camera for any purpose other than to use as a doorstop?"
(Popular Photography & Imaging, August 2007)
Film is here to stay:
"No, no, dammit, film is not going to disappear, so stop writing me scaredy-cat letters about how 'we duffers are gonna fade away silently clutching the last rolls of Kodachrome to our breasts.'"
(Popular Photography & Imaging, September 2007)
Keep it simple:
"What do I truly hate about DSLRs? Menus. Particularly menus I need to consult for ISO settings and/or white balance. Buttons marked ISO and WB with direct access do me fine. But what do I really want? A comfy, rugged, gem-like compact, four-control, digital Leica 1(A). You can leave off all the ornamental stuff. That's not too much to ask, is it?"
(Popular Photography & Imaging, December 2007)