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Opinions about Ken Rockwell?
I'm a noobie who is an avid hobbyist...meaniing anything I tend to do, I try to do as well as I can (even though it might fall short of other people's abilities). I used to ride motorcycles for 10 years across country; then it is/was golf for 10 years (about 150 rounds a year or so). Our course is closed for a year, so I have a lot of hobby time on my hands. Having had a D300 for 3 years I thought I'd try to improve my technique and achieve more "photographs" rather than "snap shots"..

I tend to read a lot about how things are done, and tend to gravitate and pay attention to opinions of people who have wide personal experience, as opposed to obsolete experience..

In that regard, I have found Ken Rockwell's opinions about cameras and photography very interesting and helpful. I am amazed that his organically grown site seems to attract so many hits. Almost any question I have about photography seems to Google a few hits from him..

What to DPReviewers think of Mr. Rockwell's opinions? Is he considered a knowledgeable source in the photographic community? Or is he just an avid photographer who has a popular website?.

RNW123..

Comments (35)

Mr Rockwell is highly opinionated, has an ego the size of Alaska, is exceptionally good at self-advertisment and ... is often wrong in his advice (The matrix metering on the Nikon D80 is a good example)..

He has some good points. He favours simplicity and is an antidote to marketing hype some of the time but he can be a lens snob at other times. (He likes the Nikon 18-55 kit lens but will not entertain non-proprietory brand lenses)..

His biggest fault is that he has a narrow point of view but expresses strong opinions based upon that narrow point of view. Thus he recommends equipment without considering how others might use it and thus need a different recommendation..

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #1

I take what he says with a grain of salt. I don't trust his gear reviews much since he's posted reviews of gear he's never used.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

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I think that Ken Rockwell is one of those cases that my English literature professor calls "a wonderful failure" .

I'm exaggerating, actually, but my point is that although Ken Rockwell's opinions aren't always correct, they are at the very least interesting and can open up the doors for some interesting photography-related concepts..

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Comment #3

Chris Elliott wrote:.

His biggest fault is that his pictures look like Thomas Kinkade's awful paintings..

Fixed it for you...

Comment #4

RNW123 wrote:.

Having had a D300 for 3 years I thought I'dtry to improve my technique and achieve more "photographs" ratherthan "snap shots"..

I think you made a typo. D300? The D200 has been on the market about 2 years..

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Comment #5

I tend to read a lot about how things are done, and tend to gravitate and pay attention to opinions of people who have wide personal experience, as opposed to obsolete experience.>>.

A dangerous and potentially expensive way to learn. It means that just about any old rubbish, as long as it appears to be 'fashionable', will get way more attention than it merits and bias one's learning process. Physics couldn't care less what's considered cool and art, far from being long-lasting now, has been taken over by change for it's own sake. Markers are needed, as are secure foundations..

Rockwell is usually right; but his opinionation often only serves to undermine why he might have been right. I'd agree with the other poster on the point of it not always being useful and practical to someone who might work in a different way.A source, but not the only oracle around....

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Comment #6

I found his guide to the d200 useful. One area where his opinion differs from other (say thom hogan) is in the optimize settings for sharpness, color, tone etc. I am still dealing with this at the moment but Ken's settings seem to be more up my alley as I am still learning and having some of those things set on auto, help me focus on more pressing items like white balance and aperature/exposure..

Jeff..

Comment #7

Basically, the only people that listen to him are those that already agree with him..

In the optimize settings for sharpness, color, tone etc. I am still dealing with this >at the moment but Ken's settings seem to be more up my alley.

Rockwell is unfortunatley a convincing sounding anti-RAW nut that really should be ignored when it comes to workflow advice. If you are still fiddling with in-camera parameters and haven't at least learned the basics of using a RAW workflow and *then* conclude what works best, then you need to seriously wake up and stop reading his site..

Hell, I shoot JPEG and sRGB half the time, but only because I know the capabilites of my alternatives and when/if I should use them. Rockwell just spouts rubbish on sRGB and RAW anyways because he obviously doesn't understand them..

Also, Rockwell's photographic work that a lot of people rave about is almost entirely shot on Disneychrome (Velvia) while his dSLR work is pretty pedestrian and screams 'in camera processing only'. When I see such a large discrepency between somebody's chrome work and dSLR work I throw up a huge warning flag to take any of their advice with a grain of salt.______________________________________..

Comment #8

I must admit , I have no idea who Ken Rocwell is, or what he does, so I cannot coment on his opinions, however reading some of these post, I am glad I have never come across the guy, and as for his opinions, " am I bovad"http://s185.photobucket.com/.../albums/x223/eirianfa2002/?mediafilter=imagesMichael Edward Rudge..

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Comment #10

300D - Digital Rebel 6 mp..

Thanks and sorry for the confusion!  .

Robb..

Comment #11

Hi thanks for your response...let me clarify:.

I am interested in a Nikon 18-200 lens. I tend to pay attention to opinions which compare and contrast the lens to several others vs. the multitude of reviews which state "I tried it and loved it" without any other comparison..

I do admit that I like Rockwell's writing style as it's simple, and understandable....it's something that I can relate to. "I like this; I don't like that" - certainly refreshing imho, for him to take a stand (right or wrong)..

In particular, I liked his views on D40/D40x/D80 and comparing Nikon lenses. I also liked his car review on the BMW 540 - which I felt was dead-on-balls-accurate.  .

But as the "Bill O'Reilly" of photography - there is a difference b/t spouting off personal opinions that he can substantiate, and lying outright....although to some it's the same.  .

Thanks again...I am getting an idea of what his reputation is amongst people who understand photography. Other than this feedback, all I knew was that he had a website that kept coming up when you google it.  .

This is all very helpful...keep the comments coming please?.

RNW123..

Comment #12

He's good with facts, and usually good with opinions. But, sometimes the facts don't support his opinions. For instance, the 18-200VR. He notes it's faults, then practically says it's the only lens you ever need..

Or the D40. It's a great camera, especially for the price, but it's not the equal of a D200. Or the SB-400. He loves how small it is, but glosses over the lack of swivel or low power..

He notes the ergonomic failings of heavy f/2.8 lenses and the Canon 5D, but fails to note the reasons you bring out the big guns..

So, listen to what he says, and try to follow his logic. But, make the final choice yourself. For instance, he argues that the SB-600 is preferable to the SB-800. I read his reviews of both and bought an SB-800..

One final note: he's a Canon basher. A lot of his detractors are Canon fans...

Comment #13

I'm a newbie and read Ken Rockwell before I bought my cam as well as read him once in a while currently. I think he has some interesting/useful information and has good points, but he generally takes it to the extreme. He also seems contradictory at times as well. In some of his articles, he's adament that your equipment doesn't matter, talks about getting awesome pics from his camera phone. But then still rates expensive and high-end gear and some of his reviews are: just buy it! Why if it doesn't matter? I understand the point - equipment alone won't make you good. Yeah, most understand that I think.

But if one didn't know better, you'd think why even buy a DSLR, just get a cam phone or stick to a P&S..

I don't like his anti-RAW religion either. Again, I get the poitn he is making or at least I believe it's his poitn - photography is more about going and taking photos then spending time in front of a computer tweaking. I for one am not good enough to shoot in JPEG for photos I would like to keep. Also, he makes it seem if you shoot RAW you aren't a purist or a true photographer - you are the dreaded technophile who is in photography for the gear. I say why not shoot RAW? It gives you the added flexibility to go in later BUT if you want, applying a workflow for sharpness, sat., etc is easy and NOT time consuming. Plus memory is cheap, like my hair, so why not shoot raw.



Basically, to me, he seems to be contradictory. On one hand he is on the extreme of who cares what cam you have (yeah I get it, if I suck at photography, buying an awesome cam will mean I suck at photography with an awesome cam), then on the other he is touting gear. Although I don't recall him reviewing a lens that he hasn't tried out or gear he hasn't tried out. He might have, I just don't recall it..

I think in one article he poitns to a thread in dpreview.com that talks about the "wrogn type of photographer" or something like that. Can't remember specifically, but it may have been in reference to wannabe photogs more interested in gear than photography..

Maybe he makes his points through hyperbole or through exaggeration, if so, I can understand, but he's failing to communicate that he is using hyperbole/exaggeration and sounds pretty literal..

As to his skills, I'm not a pro or even that good, so I don't like critiquing other's work. But I do know what I like and don't like. I like some of his work. I wouldn't say I love it though. I don't recall ever seeing anything taht made me say "Wow! That is awesome!" I see some decent stuff and some stuff I'm not really that interested in. I'll say this: I've seen pics on this board from people here that have impressed me FAR more.



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Comment #14

I found ken very helpful he is easy to read - I spent two months dredging the net befoer I bought my camera and lens (d40 + 18 - 200). remember that in the end it all comes back to you and your needs. my thinking at the moment is that technology is changing so fast that a cheap body that although limited produces great photos ( how many appliances do you have at home tht you use only a fraction of their capabilities). I also wanted at this stage a great walk atound lens and will slowly build around it..

Ken is one of many and in the end it's all about graet photos and you. don't go with the flow - learn from those you find useful and then YOU make the final decision..

I use ken a lot but not as an only source. compare it to buying a new car in the end you buy what suits your needs and wallet.

Good luck..

Comment #15

RNW123 wrote:.

I'm a noobie who is an avid hobbyist...meaniing anything I tend todo, I try to do as well as I can (even though it might fall short ofother people's abilities). I used to ride motorcycles for 10 yearsacross country; then it is/was golf for 10 years (about 150 rounds ayear or so). Our course is closed for a year, so I have a lot ofhobby time on my hands. Having had a D300 for 3 years I thought I'dtry to improve my technique and achieve more "photographs" ratherthan "snap shots"..

Wow! You must have gotten one of the prototypes... .

I tend to read a lot about how things are done, and tend to gravitateand pay attention to opinions of people who have wide personalexperience, as opposed to obsolete experience..

In that regard, I have found Ken Rockwell's opinions about camerasand photography very interesting and helpful. I am amazed that hisorganically grown site seems to attract so many hits. Almost anyquestion I have about photography seems to Google a few hits from him..

Ken can be described with one word: "provocative". I like Ken..

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Comment #16

And I take it with about as much seriousness as most of the experts-in-their-own-minds that post here....

Our horizons are far, our vision is weak..

Comment #17

The person who has the highest esteem for Ken Rockwell is Ken Rockwell.He's done a magnificient marketing job for himself...

Comment #18

Almonds wrote:.

I found ken very helpful he is easy to read - I spent two monthsdredging the net befoer I bought my camera and lens (d40 + 18 - 200).remember that in the end it all comes back to you and your needs. mythinking at the moment is that technology is changing so fast that acheap body that although limited produces great photos ( how manyappliances do you have at home tht you use only a fraction of theircapabilities). I also wanted at this stage a great walk atound lensand will slowly build around it.ken is one of many and in the end it's all about graet photos andyou. don't go with the flow - learn from those you find useful andthen YOU make the final decision.i use ken a lot but not as an only source. compare it to buying a newcar in the end you buy what suits your needs and wallet.

Good luck.

You and I seem to be alike in that my decision to go D40/18-55 was based more on pragmatism than anything else. As a avid hobbyist, (motorcycles, golf, now photography) I have decided the following about all activities:.

1) equipment is simply a tool. You can have the best tools, but if you don't know how to saw wood or pound nails, your house will look lopsided. I find it's usually 1 part arrows + 2 parts indian (no offense to anyone) = better improvement..

2) there is no "do it all" or "one size fits all" (and you don't want it either)..

All hobbies to do it well, must be a little difficult. It's the "difficult and learning" that make it fun, imho. If it's not fun - do something else..

3) Opinions without qualification, background or comparison are generally not helpful..

4) Enjoy the "journey" of learning about and improving your hobby. If it were easy, and everyone could do it, it makes it harder to tell when you're improving...which means you're about 'average'.  .

5) Buy for your present abilities/likes and for what you might accomplish in about 1 year. Reassess and re-purchase at that next milestone. I don't know why people think they need to buy "for the future". I feel sorry for those people's little kids. Under their theory, they would have a 2 year old wearing size 12 shoes, 32/32 pants, and size large shirts. Like a growing kid - buy for what they need now, and for the foreseeable/likely milestone.



The 300D(6mp Rebel) has been great (and we had shot mostly in "small" and "auto" for 3 years). We've never even printed out any photos...we keep them on slideshows on our Macs or PCs at home and we burn discs for family. 6 MP on "small" has been great for us; in the past 2 months using "large" they are amazing.   Bought it mostly b/c we had a then 2 year old - she's almost 6 now  - and our point-n-shoot had so much shutter lag that we felt we were missing the good pictures. Bought the Rebel b/c it was faster. Then as the munchkin started running around we wanted a longer lens b/c we couldn't get the shots we wanted from the kit lens.



In testing - I bought or borrowed a ton of equipment - our Rebel and Tamron and kit, vs. an XTI, a D40x, and a D80 all with kit lenses, and then a 55-200VR; 70-200 2.8; 70-200 4 IS....ugh! Over the past 2 months we've tried several lenses - 70-200 2.8 (non IS), and the 70-200 4 IS - and while I like the sharper images - they were too darned heavy and we simply would not be using them much. Browsed DPReview for a long time before finally posting..

In choosing the D40/18-200vr combination (body arrives Thursday, we got the lens about a week ago) it came down pragmatically to the lens. We wanted sharper pictures than we had with the Tamron without giving up flexibility. But other better lenses were just too heavy either individually, or in combinations that you'd have to carry. Rockwell raved about the lens, and seeing some of his pictures with it I thought "ok those look good", and looking at DPReview and Nikonians with the same combinations - across the board we felt that we would be happy with those results. But who knows?.

Like you - this is a good entry point, and hopefully the 18-200 vr will be what we want. As the kid grows, and/or as we improve as photographers - our needs will change. I guess we'll figure if Rockwell knows what he's talking about or not?.

RNW123..

Comment #19

Greg Nut wrote:.

One final note: he's a Canon basher. A lot of his detractors areCanon fans..

True. I think that he shouldn't even bother reviewing Canon products since his biases are obvious..

It's one thing to state that a certain ergonomic choice is not as good as Nikon's choice (Phil does it on this site with nearly every Canon review.). It's another thing to bash a camera because he's used to another system...

Comment #20

Greg Nut wrote:.

One final note: he's a Canon basher. A lot of his detractors are Canon fans..

True, and it must be a large part of the visual picture we see online..

But too, anyone that writes as much as Ken does must say something now and then to set a few people off. And it is difficult to write that much without a few apparent conflicts. The Bible is one example..

No, that is not what I meant.  .

We might debate if better to carry four quarters or a one dollar bill. People will have opinions. It will become mighty important. The least polished of us will call other people idiots when they disagree. Online unanimity is responsible for most of it..

There will always be many opinions, most of which are never shared by any one of us.   Why get excited about it?..

Comment #21

RNW123 wrote:.

3) Opinions without qualification, background or comparison aregenerally not helpful..

That's the problem with Rockwell. He states his opinion (whether it be anti-Canon or anti-RAW) and doesn't back it up. He'll boast about being an expert on digital processing, but won't say how it relates to his opinion about RAW vs JPEG...

Comment #22

Perhaps as to the issues you cite, however, imho, he has used the D40/D40x/D80 which were the cameras that I was considering. To me, he seemed that he had tried/used each of them, and opted for the D40. I was struck by the choice he made, particularly since he seems to know what he's doing. FWIW - many on DPReview also use the D40 (I am coming from a Rebel 300d) and have used it in comparison to the D80 - so it helped me to make my decision..

If you read a bunch of product reviews on DPReview - there are many that simply state "I love this; it's the best....without providing a glimpse as what they are comparing their equipment to." IMHO those types of comments make up a majority of the types of comments on this dbase (and similarly in other hobby dbases). They mean entirely different things if Ansel Adams says it, vs. Joe Noobie (like me).  .

RNW123..

Comment #23

Mickey Spittoon wrote:.

And I take it with about as much seriousness as most of theexperts-in-their-own-minds that post here....

I value their opinions more than I do Rockwell's..

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Comment #24

Ken cops a lot of insane fanatical abuse on this site. Never quite understood how people can get so rabidly upset about some guy and his opinions..

It is very weird..

Chill out people..

I quite like his entertaining style and he has some interesting things to say sometimes..

Take it all with a dose of salt..

It's opinion and he clearly states that. People who get all worked up about his ramblings need to get a life...

Comment #25

Dear RNW123 et al,.

I believe Mr Rockwell to be the guru's guru in the world of photography. Each word from that man is oozing knowledge and expertise and all photographers should bow to him and feed from his font of knowledge..

Signed: Ken's Mum.

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Comment #26

Just came across this article on his site:http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility.htm.

On that page, he sounds like he works for Nikon marketing, completely praising the Nikon system for maintaining compatibility such that today's (non-G) lenses work even on 1959 bodies. In a throwaway sentence, he mentions that metering doesn't work for some lenses on modern bodies, but says nothing more about that..

Seems to me that the lack of metering is a pretty big flaw. Let's see what one expert says about the lack of metering:"Nikon manual focus lenses on most Nikon AF cameras are almost useless and provide no metering.".

What expert wrote that sentence? Ken Rockwell!: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/nikcan.htm..

Comment #27

RNW123 wrote:.

I tend to read a lot about how things are done, and tend to gravitateand pay attention to opinions of people who have wide personalexperience, as opposed to obsolete experience..

Not the best approach, unfortunately..

In that regard, I have found Ken Rockwell's opinions about camerasand photography very interesting and helpful..

Interesting, yes. But you spelled "harmfull" the wrong way .

What to DPReviewers think of Mr. Rockwell's opinions? Is heconsidered a knowledgeable source in the photographic community? Oris he just an avid photographer who has a popular website?.

Well, he writes in an authoritative style. He also writes for under-the-average people. "don't spend your time researching cameras, buy X". Coupled with the fact that there are no really bad cameras on the market AND the fact the beginner's expectations are low, that results in a lot of beginner admiration for him..

I used to like his site myself, and I still believe the article about seven (or nine) levels of photographers is pure gold. Of course, it's his *adaptation* on previous art..

Basically, a very reliable test to find out about somebody's skill level and understanding of photography is to ask that person about KR. If he's laudative (not about the marketing/financial part!), that person is still a beginner..

Look at true photgraphers, educators and popularizers - think Reichmann, Hogan, etc - they don't spark 1% of the controversy KR creates..

And, of course, one only needs to look at his imagery to see the truth: he might be a good writer, marketer, controversationst (is that even a word?  ), but he's no photographer..

/d/n..

Comment #28

I wasn't familiar with him either. Just went to his site and checked out his own photos. To me, they are weirdly bright and unnatural in color. Didn't like them at all..

One site I have found and really like and am in the process of going through the tutorials ishttp://www.cambridgeincolour.com/home.htm..

Comment #29

Chris Elliott wrote:.

His biggest fault is that he has a narrow point of view but expresses strong opinions based upon that narrow point of view. Thus he recommends equipment without considering how others might use it and thus need a different recommendation..

With all due respect to the dpreview membership, couldn't you say exactly the same thing about LOTS of people who post here?.

I don't necessarily see being opinionated as a "fault"  you either take it or leave it  simple..

As far as Rockwell is concerned, I often check out his site for it's 'interest' value. You could never accuse him of being boring, and sometimes it's actually a refreshing change to get a different (but not a necessarily 'politically correct') viewpoint. And, for what it's worth, he seems a basically nice sort of guy..

Cheers ..

Comment #30

"Basically, a very reliable test to find out about somebody's skill level and understanding of photography is to ask that person about KR. If he's laudative (not about the marketing/financial part!), that person is still a beginner.".

What a snobby statement..

I have been taking photographs for over twenty years, I am definitely not a beginner and yet I quite like Ken Rockwells site. He has some interesting things to say in an entertaining way. Photography is a broad medium and Ken understands that it doesn't always have to be about uptight pixel peeping, sometimes all a user may need is a D40 with a 18-55 and that a 17-55 might be a big waste of money..

He loves photography and his passion for the medium shows through. I take his advice with a dose of salt and he's the first to admit that it's opinion but some of the insane abuse he gets for expressing his opinion is just weird..

Please feel free to have a look at some of my images and then let me know that I am just a beginner..

Http://jeremyrussell.onexposure.net/.

Vnull wrote:.

RNW123 wrote:.

I tend to read a lot about how things are done, and tend to gravitateand pay attention to opinions of people who have wide personalexperience, as opposed to obsolete experience..

Not the best approach, unfortunately..

In that regard, I have found Ken Rockwell's opinions about camerasand photography very interesting and helpful..

Interesting, yes. But you spelled "harmfull" the wrong way .

What to DPReviewers think of Mr. Rockwell's opinions? Is heconsidered a knowledgeable source in the photographic community? Oris he just an avid photographer who has a popular website?.

Well, he writes in an authoritative style. He also writes forunder-the-average people. "don't spend your time researching cameras,buy X". Coupled with the fact that there are no really bad cameras onthe market AND the fact the beginner's expectations are low, thatresults in a lot of beginner admiration for him..

I used to like his site myself, and I still believe the article aboutseven (or nine) levels of photographers is pure gold. Of course, it'shis *adaptation* on previous art..

Basically, a very reliable test to find out about somebody's skilllevel and understanding of photography is to ask that person aboutKR. If he's laudative (not about the marketing/financial part!), thatperson is still a beginner..

Look at true photgraphers, educators and popularizers - thinkReichmann, Hogan, etc - they don't spark 1% of the controversy KRcreates..

And, of course, one only needs to look at his imagery to see thetruth: he might be a good writer, marketer, controversationst (isthat even a word?  ), but he's no photographer..

/d/n..

Comment #31

I like his refreshing change from most of the other dribble on the internet. I find his site informative, with some humor thrown in. At least hes not afraid to put it out there for all to view, which take some big balls if you ask me. Too many here hide behind fake names while quick to criticize, come on, lighten up people.D80, D40, 18-200 VR, 70-300 VR, Sigma 10-20, SB800..

Comment #32

Well I have to admit - so far Mr. Rockwell was fairly accurate...even from a beginner's point of view..

I love the Nikon D40x and the 18-200vr lens, and SB600 flash. The flash seems to make the most difference to me for indoor and outdoor photos. Easy peasy to use..

I have to disagree with Mr. Rockwell as far as the D40 goes - simply b/c I don't know what I'm doing.   I still have trouble framing the shot I want - so I am cropping more. In that regard, the 40x allows a little more freedom and flexibility than the D40. I still don't understand the difference b/t the two synching speeds for flash...or haven't run into a lighting situations where I'd need it perhaps..

But the camera and lens and flash are giving me a quality of picture that I was not taking previously. I am afraid to try an experiment, but if I bought a flash for my old camera, maybe it will take better pictures too?  .

Just having a great time with the camera/lens/and flash..

I'd say KR was very helpful. But...I AM just a beginner.  .

RNW123..

Comment #33

Ken is fine. Probably a little thin-skinned because of all the bashing he takes here..

But consider yourself as the best expert for improving your own photography. Only one person can look through the lens at a time..

'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #34

Phototext wrote:.

"Basically, a very reliable test to find out about somebody's skilllevel and understanding of photography is to ask that person aboutKR. If he's laudative (not about the marketing/financial part!), thatperson is still a beginner.".

What a snobby statement..

Hardly. You could say it's a kenrockwellian type statement, at worst..

I have been taking photographs for over twenty years, I am definitelynot a beginner and yet I quite like Ken Rockwells site. He has someinteresting things to say in an entertaining way. Photography is abroad medium and Ken understands that it doesn't always have to beabout uptight pixel peeping, sometimes all a user may need is a D40with a 18-55 and that a 17-55 might be a big waste of money..

Well I can't and won't contradict you, I can't stop noticing that your attitude towards him is not exactly laudative. There are "buts" and "caveats" behind the lines....

He loves photography and his passion for the medium shows through. Itake his advice with a dose of salt and he's the first to admit thatit's opinion but some of the insane abuse he gets for expressing hisopinion is just weird..

Not exactly weird. If you write like a tabloid you get commented like one. That's freedom of speech for you. Why don't other publicists/photographers get the same "abuse"?.

Please feel free to have a look at some of my images and then let meknow that I am just a beginner..

I did. You've got very good images and you are definitely not a beginner. Furthermore, I'd say you have quite a bit of education (formal or not) in arts and good taste..

Therefore, considering what I wrote in my previous post, as well, would you honestly praise Ken? And for what? for his photography? for his reviews? for getting traffic?.

/d/n.

P.S. I must admit that on slow news day I visit his site, but it's not for information, education or photography. It's more like checking out what Jack Thompson came up with this time..

Http://jeremyrussell.onexposure.net/..

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