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Jason Lanier is a paid hack

Ever wonder what popular vlogger told me to marry my Nikon D7000 (that I hardly use)? It was Jason Lanier, the regular Sony worshipper. I do not think I have ever seen a person so obsessed with being a gear whore in my life. He does not use the gear; the gear uses him. We call these people the infamous Sony Snobs.

Before I get into this, let me be very clear: he is a very talented photographer and does make amazing pictures. He is also a master at using lighting. I use to (and still do at times) watch his videos just to see the amazing images he puts together. I really did enjoy his older videos when he was using the Nikon D800 too.

The problem is not his craft; that is solid. The problem is first his obsession with a tool to do the craft and secondly, his ego is out of control. That is what concerns me. Truth be told, I kinda liked the guy at one point. I didn’t like him well enough to pay $600 for his photowalks, but I did like him nevertheless.

One thing that bothers me is anyone that disagrees with him, he lashes out at. This includes people like Jared Polin, one of the world’s most respected photographers.


Jason Lanier is a paid hack by Sony

Jason Lanier

Jason Lanier being questioned by police about permits.

If you watch any of the videos, you will notice he pimps Sony like crazy. He is also a Sony Artisan of Imagery. It is something that Sony gives out to professional photographer in exchange for being a sony snob and a gear whore. There is more to it but that is basically how it works. If you notice, since he took the “honor,” he has nothing but praise for every single move Sony makes.

I was interested in it all because about the same time, I was playing around with Sony mirrorless cameras too. I had picked up the Sony A6000 and even got a Sony A7 to try and see if making the switch would be worth it. I ended up selling all my Sony gear. Here is 10 reasons I sold my Sony.

I think when photographers start being ambassadors for brands, they start being whores. I had the chance to a Representative for a gear company in the Philippines and I was asked by Nikon Philippines to do some stuff. In both cases, I basically gave them the middle finger. I could not be without bias and also be a partner in a project.

A recent video I saw was him pimping the world’s most over-rated camera, the Sony A7rII, as the world’s best. I am sure any camera is great when you have Nikon’s holy trinity in front of it! Sony still have a “Lensgate” problem but don’t tell Jason Lanier that…. he won’t believe you.

What concerns is when people like him put more attention on the camera they use than the image they capture. I have seen some of the world’s greatest photographers’ bodies. Why is it only Sony snobs point out it was shot on a Sony mirrorless camera. Nikon and Canon boys don’t seem to do it…. only Sony snobs.


I think it is sad really.

Jason Lanier in Africa.

It just takes away from what Jason could offer to the photography community. He has some real skill when it comes to building an image with lighting. I am not talking about pimping Rotolight either. I am talking about actually helping people build an image with lighting that an average photographer can afford.

That means using the cheapest stuff on the market, Jason. I did my first portrait shoot with my desk lamp and wax paper to soft it. That was a $3.25 budget shoot. Believe it or not, this is what non-professional have to spend or close to it. Few are throwing down $500 on one light. It does not matter how awesome they are.

Doing videos about how to build lighting and even some Lightroom tutorials would do far more for the photography community than pimping a Sony camera out and trying to whore for Rotolight.

This is one reason I like watch Serge Ramelli and his videos. He does not pimp any model of gear and teaches things that work no matter what brand you have. The community needs more of that and less of the gear whoring. I have learned more from Serge and a few others than I did watch 100 videos from Jason Lanier.


Photographers need alot less ego

Jason Lanier Production shotI am not sure why but the photography scene seems to be full of complete assholes who do not little but compare how big their @##$ are. They do nothing but put down people’s work. Jason did this with Jared Polin (FroknowsPhoto). If I had to list the biggest jerks I know, at least half of the list would own a professional grade camera. This is not healthy for the photography community at large.

The condition of what is happening with photographer has concerned me for years. It is like a “every man for himself” dog-eat-dog environment. It is a place where you fear to ask a question, lest you are gang up on and beated down. I have seen this happen time and time again. It is not just Jason doing this but he has done it more time than he wants to admit.

Note: I realize many people have different views on Jason Lanier and what he has done with the Sony brand. I believe in free expression but please don’t attack people and be civil. If not, I will use the delete button for comments.


23 replies
  1. Tom
    Tom says:

    Interesting, I completely disagree with you. You mention egos and fighting at the end of your article, how is this any different? I have so much to say about this attack article but just don’t feel like it would be a good use of my time.

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  2. Tom
    Tom says:

    Interesting, I completely disagree with you. You mention egos and fighting at the end of your article, how is this any different? I have so much to say about this attack article but just don’t feel like it would be a good use of my time.

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  3. Photog
    Photog says:

    Wow why do you care what Jason Lanier does or what he says? Why start the drama? If you really care about photography and photographers just talk about how you can help make yourself and others better. If you don’t like him use your delete button and don’t follow him. If you don’t like what you call a product whore you shouldn’t watch but you do so you obviously like it!

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    • admin
      admin says:

      I have not have a discussion with Lanier in over a year. I do not know what is currently doing. I hardly even watch his videos anymore.

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  4. Photog
    Photog says:

    Wow why do you care what Jason Lanier does or what he says? Why start the drama? If you really care about photography and photographers just talk about how you can help make yourself and others better. If you don’t like him use your delete button and don’t follow him. If you don’t like what you call a product whore you shouldn’t watch but you do so you obviously like it!

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    • admin
      admin says:

      I have not have a discussion with Lanier in over a year. I do not know what is currently doing. I hardly even watch his videos anymore.

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  5. Sean Rogers
    Sean Rogers says:

    The note at the end of the article kills me. A complete contradiction of everything mentioned before it. Simply put, this is just a blatant attack article full of jealously and ignorance.

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  6. Sean Rogers
    Sean Rogers says:

    The note at the end of the article kills me. A complete contradiction of everything mentioned before it. Simply put, this is just a blatant attack article full of jealously and ignorance.

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    • admin
      admin says:

      LOL…. I still own a Sony, bro… in fact, I have one the A6k in my bag next to my D7200 right now. The Sony is great for timelapses lol

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    • admin
      admin says:

      LOL…. I still own a Sony, bro… in fact, I have one the A6k in my bag next to my D7200 right now. The Sony is great for timelapses lol

      Reply
  7. Hunter
    Hunter says:

    “I believe in free expression but please don’t attack people and be civil.” So you rip on this guy for a whole sixteen paragraphs only to tell people not to attack others? The only thing that you can seem to find about him is that he fully supports his brand, and you do the same by working on a website called “NIKON DOJO.” Enjoy the temporary boost in site traffic as it seems as though the fedora nation is descending upon your website.

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  8. Hunter
    Hunter says:

    “I believe in free expression but please don’t attack people and be civil.” So you rip on this guy for a whole sixteen paragraphs only to tell people not to attack others? The only thing that you can seem to find about him is that he fully supports his brand, and you do the same by working on a website called “NIKON DOJO.” Enjoy the temporary boost in site traffic as it seems as though the fedora nation is descending upon your website.

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  9. Chelsea Northrup
    Chelsea Northrup says:

    Me and Tony hate Jason Lanier. he has this condescending tone about him and superiority complex problem. Jason.
    learn humble and humility. be down to earth. your over processed hdr images are not impressive.

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    • Samet Köksal
      Samet Köksal says:

      Wooah i never thought that i could see Chelsea northrup herself here so outrageous 🙂 anyway i think jason lanier and gary fong are definitely fanboys amd they may be paid i prefer other sources when i want to learn about sony because i know they will praise it but i think he doesnt have a super big ego especially compared to angry photographer guy which i hate and i think you hate too

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  10. Seamus
    Seamus says:

    Hello, JL is absent from the “Sony Artisans of Imagery” (a euphemism for a Marketing person?) page on Sony’s “Alpha Universe” site:

    https://alphauniverse.com/artisans/

    Also zero search results when looking up “Lanier” on the Sony site:

    https://alphauniverse.com/search/?query=lanier#stq=lanier

    Multiple results when searching for another Sony Artisan like “Ira Block” for instance:

    https://alphauniverse.com/search/?query=lanier#stq=ira%20block&stp=1

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