It’s easy to be a critic. You just need to have an opinion and a soapbox to spout it from. But when I listen to or read someone’s opinions I want to know what combination of knowledge and experience allows them to hold forth on a given topic. Since I pontificate on many subjects in various essay and reviews on this site I figure that you deserve to knew a bit about who I am and what experience I bring to the table in each of these areas.
Photo © 2004 Doug Brown
— started making my living as a professional photographer some 45 years ago
— had my first fine-art / documentary gallery one-man show in 1963, with numerous exhibitions since
— exhibitions at the Pikto Gallery in Toronto; 2004, 2005, and 2006
— operated my own fine-art photography gallery and teaching studio in Toronto, Canada from 2007 – 2010
— first of several television documentaries on my work was aired in 1964
— over a 40 years period my work has appeared in many magazines and books in 6 countries
— work has been collected by private collectors and by public galleries on two continents
— taught photography at the college level for 15 years
— teach photographic field workshops and seminars around the world on a regular basis
— an invited speaker to numerous industry conferences and symposiums in North America and Europe
— author of more than 300 articles on photographic technique as well as equipment reviews
— biography listed inWho’s Who in Canada
— was a Contributing Editor at Photo Techniques Magazine for many years and also a regular columnist in American Photo magazine
— have tested and reviewed for print and online publications nearly every major camera system released in the past 30 years
— have been (and still am) a consultant to numerous companies with regard to product design and marketing
— an alpha and beta product tester for numerous companies
— hold six granted U.S. patents in communications technology
— store manager for four years for Canada’s largest professional photographic retailer
— was head of product development for two major software publishers
— was Product Manager and then national head of Sales and Marketing for a major Japanese manufacturer
— founded, have run, and have divested two high-technology publicly listed companies
— founder, publisher and primary author of The Luminous Landscape and the Luminous Landscape Video Journal
— Producer and on-screen co-host with Jeff Schewe of best-selling training videos on Printing, Lightroom, and Photoshop, and with Kevin Raber on C1
—Founder ofThe Luminous Endowment for Photographers
None of this makes my opinions right. But it means that when I criticize something my opinion comes from some fairly extensive photographic and industry experience.
Am I biased? Yup! I like equipment that produces first-class image quality and that does so with well-designed ergonomics and user interface. A good product needs both. A product fails, in my book, if it only succeeds in one of these two areas.
Do I make mistakes in my reviews? Sure, lots of them. Who doesn’t from time to time? I do my best to correct them though when I do.
But I put a lot of thought into my writing, and I don’t criticize things casually or indiscriminately. I do praise good products, and point out failings when I see them.
Thought you might like to know.