Why Are Ars Technica Review Photos So Awful?November 28, 2006
I’m not sure what is going on with the photography in Ars reviews. The writing there is always honest and insightful. But the photos are atrocious: hardware is sitting on the floor in someone’s messy room, or placed on some awfully-colored surface that reflects all over the hardware, obscuring its actual color. Most of the photos are blurry. Many have a big ol’ flash reflection coming back off the subject. Instead of screen shots taken by sending the video signal into a computer, we get photos of someone’s TV.
I’m not sure if they’re reacting to the sharp, well-lit photos on plain backgrounds that I’d expect, maybe because it’s too marketingy and they’d rather show the stuff in its natural environment, or what. But it just ends up looking crappy, even crappier than the impromptu photos I take with a tiny little digicam when I want to show new stuff off to my friends.
Look at these photos; they just don’t belong at one of the most trusted hardware review sites: