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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Open a Box of Film on Boxing Day
Dec26

Open a Box of Film on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is traditionally the day after Christmas, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a “Christmas box.” Depending on where you live, Boxing Day is a public holiday that occurs on December 26th, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. One of my new year’s resolution is to shoot more film in 2017 and before you...

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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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What I Miss About Shooting Film
Feb15

What I Miss About Shooting Film

These days I don’t shoot much film and have a few film cameras that I don’t plan on getting rid of any time soon. I still enjoy shooting with my Hasselblad XPan and Leica M6 TTL and even my gold-trimmed Seagull TLR because these days film seems to be more about having fun. (Read what I have to say about shooting film in my Shutterbug article “7 Trends That Will Change Photography Next Year.”) And f6un is why we all got...

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Film Friday: New Monochrome Instant Film
Oct24

Film Friday: New Monochrome Instant Film

Earlier this year, The Impossible Group released test instant films for 600 and SX-70 cameras that featured monochromatic emulsions in cyan and magenta called Cyanograph and Magentatype films. Impossible has decided to develop these films as part of its standard range of products called Cyan and Magenta 600 Monochrome for Polaroid 600 cameras and the Instant Lab. These are the first in a new series of Impossible monochrome and...

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