Instead of reviewing yet another needless classic camera, I wanted to talk about products that will actually help our photography while still indulging our universal fixation on gear; developing tanks. If you are interested in developing your own film or have been doing it for decades, hopefully you find this review useful in some far […]Read more "Paterson Film Developing Tank Review"
One day, you feel inspired to take some photos with your trusty old K1000. That old camera never lets you down! You open that cool, old case you’ve been lovingly storing your Pentax gear in, load some film and head out the door filled with high spirits. But when you uncap the lens and look […]Read more "Is There a Gremlin Lurking In Your K1000?"
I spent last week on vacation in North Carolina. I’m still working my way through this summer’s wedding photos so it will be some time before I process my personal vacation photos. But in the meantime, I wanted to share a rather unusual experience I had. We had the air conditioning of our beach house […]Read more "Lookout! Camera Condensation!"
I guess that I don’t typically shoot my Leitz 50’s in wooded areas. But slowly, an image here, and image there, I began to notice something. When I shot portraits at closer distances and wider apertures in wooded areas with my Leitz Summitar and Summarit lenses, I got something unexpected. Something that I’d always associated […]Read more "Discovering The Swirl"
When I was visiting New York City this past year, to photograph MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, I accidentally damaged my 1930 Leica. I stopped by The Leica Store, SOHO and talked to them about the problem. I was told that Leica, only in the last several years stopped accepting service requests on […]Read more "The 2019 Leica Repair Tech List"
Unless you’re a studio photographer, the first time that most film shooters consider purchasing a light meter is when they fall in love with some beautiful vintage camera that does not feature a built-in light meter. When I was younger, I naively clung to cameras with built-in meters, not fully appreciating bodies such as early […]Read more "Metering the Meterless"
My photographs, and probably your work too, are routinely stolen and republished all over the internet. I find it interesting to track my photos down through simple keyword and reverse image searches as well as with Pixsy.com. A neat plugin for Chrome allows you to simply left click an image and search for it across […]Read more "Battling Copyright Infringement"
I’ve been combing the used photography book sections for years and of all the inspirational, informative publications out there, I have to tell you, if you’re only going to get off the internet for one hard, tangible, funky-smelling used book this year, I wholeheartedly recommend, fully endorse, would buy every film photographer a copy if […]Read more "Buy This Book!"
I’ll say it right now. eBay sucks. Amazon sucks. These are not proper camera retailers and should not be the first places we go to find film equipment and photography supplies. Most sellers on these sites do not check, much less service their vintage cameras or lenses prior to sale. These are sites where people […]Read more "Where to Buy Film Cameras & Lenses"
I have a very controversial little tool to thank for the cleanliness of my negatives; the Dot Line DL-6121, more commonly known as a rubber squeegee. Many shooters will tell you that squeegees scratch negatives and to avoid them at all costs. I followed this advice for years but then came to firmly disagree with […]Read more "Standing Up for Squeegees"