Why I Still Shoot Film…Occasionally
Mar16

Why I Still Shoot Film…Occasionally

“Learning how to use different formats has made me a better photographer. When I started working in medium format, it made me a better 35 mm photographer. When I started working in 4×5, it made me a better medium-format photographer.” — Mary Ellen Mark While much of what I shoot today is with mirrorless and digital SLRs, I still have several film cameras, including a Leica M6, Hasselblad XPan, Zeiss SW and a medium...

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Wordy Wednesday #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film
Mar08

Wordy Wednesday #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film

“Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce. Boys keep chasing girls to get a kiss.”—Sonny Bono As Sonny and Cher used to sing, “The beat goes on” giving me insight into what film photographers must deal with in this digital millennium. Kodak’s Ektar 100 is processed in standard C-41 chemistry and while fewer outlets process 120 roll film some still do. Ektar 100 is a color film but I thought, what the heck, let’s make...

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Happy Birthday Mr. President
Feb20

Happy Birthday Mr. President

“It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing.”—George Washington For readers outside the USA, President’s Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. As President’s Day it’s also honors all presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose...

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Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be
Jan20

Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be

nos·tal·gia,  noun. a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. In one of the early chapters in my forthcoming book about the business of photography, “On Professional Photography, I reminisce about a time that I thought was my most creative that in hindsight seems to have been overly -romanticized.(And yes, the below photograph is me at a car show...

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Wordy Wednesday #245: “Adventures in XPan Land”
Jan18

Wordy Wednesday #245: “Adventures in XPan Land”

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”― Ernst Haas “How many cameras do you own?” That was the question that Joe Meehan asked me and several photo magazine editors in the press room at one of the last film-based photokina trade shows. The answers were interesting. One former Shutterbug editor said it was somewhere around two hundred. I did some mental...

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Understanding Exposure for Film or Digital Capture
Nov22

Understanding Exposure for Film or Digital Capture

Exposure latitude is the extent to which film (or an imaging chip, for that matter) can be overexposed or underexposed and still produce an acceptable result. Not everybody these days starting shooting photographs with film cameras. Understanding exposure for film and digital photography is helped with just a little bit of information about how filmed worked (and still works today.) Slide film has the least amount of latitude,...

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What I Still Love about Shooting Film
May13

What I Still Love about Shooting Film

These days I don’t shoot as much film and still have a few film cameras, such as the beautifully crafted (and no longer manufactured) Zeiss Ikon SW pictured below, that I don’t plan on getting rid of any time soon. I still enjoy shooting with Holga cameras too. It’s not a Leica but these days film seems to be more about having fun. And that’s why we all got into photography in the first place—isn’t it? As I sometimes tell my...

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