Comment Policy

Improve Photography is a place for people to learn photography, network with other photographers, and enjoy a community of like-minded people.

Unfortunately, many people turn into bullies online.  To make Improve Photography a friendly community, we simply delete such comments and we have received countless emails and comments from our community members who praise Improve Photography for creating this type of friendly environment.

Improve Photography Comment Policy

If a comment…

  1. is unfriendly or impolite to the author of the post or any other commenter
  2.  advocates an illegal practice
  3. uses vulgar, profane, or unnecessarily harsh language
  4. is spam or appears to be written primarily to post a link or advertise
  5. infringes on the rights of another
  6. is written anonymously
  7. contains copyrighted material not licensed for distribution on the site
  8. impersonates another user
  9. is off-topic

…the comment may be deleted by Improve Photography staff or authorized volunteer moderators.  The deletion of comments is wholly within the discretion of the volunteer moderator or Improve Photography employee, and their decision will not be reconsidered.

But What If I Disagree With Someone?

Great!  The whole purpose for allowing comments on Improve Photography is to allow photographers to share their opinions and knowledge.  Please speak up if you disagree with the author of a post or another commenter; HOWEVER, you must be polite and you must be friendly.

Look through the site and you'll see that there are hundreds of comments disagreeing with the author or another commenter.  We welcome those comments!  But if a commenter disagrees and does so in an impolite or unfriendly way…. you guessed it!  The comment will be deleted.

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59 thoughts on “Comment Policy”

  1. I have a question about updating my camera body. I am just starting out as a photographer and currently have a Canon T3i with two kit lenses and recently brand new one. My question is before I start investing in lenses and other equipement is the Canon body style the way to go? I heard with Nikon everything is pretty much universal, camera body and lenses. Any information will be helpful. Thank-you.

  2. I shoot with a Canon 6d and a 24-105 lens. The image quality is incredible, and I’m extremely happy with the camera, but wonder if I’d be better off buying a small prime lens (40mm pancake, etc), versus buying a 4/3 or fuji x100s for a more compact camera to be used for traveling. The canon is very large and challenging to carry all the time, yet the motto is “always have a camera with you”. So, would I better off just downsizing my lens, or buying a whole new smaller camera. Thanks

  3. Jim, you mentioned a Monoprice monitor that is an excellent photography monitor at a good price — but not Apple compatible. I just received an ad from Monoprice, touting 30″ IPS LED Backlit LCD Panel WQXGA 2560×1600 Dual Link DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA w/Adjustable stand -Matte / Anti-Glare for under $700. And it is Apple compatible. Product number: 10734.

    Check it out at:


    I’ve listened to all of your shows and find them immensely interesting. I am a rank amateur photographer, in it for the fun and memories. Thank you for your time, energy and knowledge.

    Bob Hare

  4. I would love to be able to add your help links to my blog page — I am asking for your permission to add them to my blog. My blog page is added to this email.
    Mary Ann

  5. I listen to your podcasts and think they are really good. They have helped me with photography a bunch. I have a question hopefully you will have the time to answer. I started taking photos using raw files. The only thing I don’t understand is why when I zoom in to make edits the picture looks really bad. It shouldn’t because I know raw is far superior, maybe I have some setting wrong. I use a canon 7d and use lightroom 5 to edit.

  6. One thing I keep hearing from professionals on your podcast is that people focus so much on the gear and should really be spending the time and money at photography workshops to better under their camera. How does one go about signing up for a workshop and how do I know if it is a legit one and not a scam? If this has been answered already I apologize ahead of time. Thank you for all the knowledge and keep up the great work

  7. Chrystie Hodakoski

    Hey guys!!
    Im back!!
    So my husband signed me up again for intermediate and portrait classes. It was a surprise again and Im trying to go on to see when it all starts!! I don’t want to miss it, but Im failing trying to retrieve the info!! This happened last time when I first started with ya’ll! UGH!! please help Im so excited and I can’t figure it out!
    FYI you guys are seriously the best and I highly recommend you whenever I hear that someone whats to take up Photography, Justin had to call me in one of my crisis situations and that was 2 years ago…a lot has changed!! I now am super busy and eager to learn more..You always learn something new photography is always on the change. Please get back with me!!

  8. I just watched your Epic Review of the Nikon D5200 and the Cannon Ti-5. One of the complaints you made about the Nikon was its lack of a dedicated ISO button. I’m sure that by now you have figured out how to do this, but just in case you still haven’t figured it out, I would suggest that you simply set the “Function Button” (“Fn” button) to become the ISO button. to do this simply go into the following menu [Custom Settings][Controls], you can select the [Assign Fn button] option and from there you can select the “ISO sensitivity” option. Once this has been done the “Fn” button located on the front left side of the camera will become an “ISO sensitivity” button that you so wanted this camera to have.

  9. I discovered this site only recently and I like it a lot. But one improvement I’d like to see is to make the podcasts available as podcasts.

    A podcast is not just an audio program that can be downloaded manually. It should be possible to set up automatic downloads using software like Juice or ipodder. This requires that the podcasts be listed on a web page in a particular XML format called RSS. There are readily available tools for generating such pages.

  10. My email was hacked. Just wanting to update my email address so I can continue to receive your updates and information. Thanks.

  11. Jim…noticed that a photo of your was featured on the Nikon USA website. Unless there are more Jim Harmers about.

    Congrats. Bruce.

  12. Chris Jakubin

    I bought a lightroom class and it states my status is on-hold. I would love to get started, how do I get my status changed???

  13. Hi Jim. Just looking at back up plans… again. Just wondering what would a typical wedding would work out for you in terms of GB size? I know my average wedding is +32gb. Then there’s the edited version once the RAW files are safely tucked away. So looking at roughly 50gb. That’s a lot of uploading to the cloud in the busy season. And if your like me and live in the country with limited bandwidth, not really practical. Any solutions?

  14. I have taken a class in the past. I downloaded presets for Lightroom and really enjoyed them. I recently changed computers and have been tweaking my Lightroom to get it back to how I liked it. I cannot figure out how to retrieve your presets. Would you have a record of my prior purchase? what would you recommend for me to do?

  15. Your podcast is the best photography podcast, However, since you went back to the 2 person with Darin, your audio is not as clear as it was. Darin’s voice is crystal clear but yours seems a bit unclear. I am wondering if it is my equipment (iPod Touch 16 GB) or something else.

    Keep up the good work as I look forward to your podcasts each week.

    Thank you.

  16. How about addressing the correct way to clean a DSLR sensor. I was recently at an airs how with my Canon 50D with my 70-200 lens. Got some great shots, except for the sensor dirt that appeared in post. I’m hesitant to clean the sensor myself. Should I be?

    Also, I’d like to use this same 70-200mm lens on my Canon 6D at air shows, but don’t want to expose my sensor to dirt. I’ve heard that the quality of photos from full frame cameras will exceed those of crop framed cameras in venues such as this, even if you have to crop them in. Better to take the full frame only and switch lenses, or take the crop frame with the long lens and
    switch camera bodies?

    Thanks for your opinion on this. Love your podcast…

  17. You state you will have a link regarding what brand extensions you used in your micro podcast from last week, but I can’t find any info I your website. Help!

  18. Just found the pod…really entertaining while I work and informative.

    I just bought my first camera, (Sony a6000) after a year of having interest in photography. Now my problem is finding time to practice and find inspiration. (other than shooting my kids) I have 2 little kids and when I’m not working I’m with my kids.

    How does someone with kids find time and inspiration to shoot anything other than their kids? Or what can I shoot while I’m with my kids even…

  19. I’ll keep this short and sweet, I’m interested in knowing your opinion on shutter release cables? Maybe ones that you can set the amount of time you want the shutter open for rather than holding down a button.

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