What is a Snapshot?

It’s what we call a photograph that appears to be made with little consideration for the tenants of imaging and principles of design. Voigtländer has a lens named after it. It’s usually proceeded by the word “quick.” What is really meant when we call something a “snapshot?” I started thinking about this because, when I […]

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Upgrade Your Meterless Film Camera!

The beauty, the style and the build quality of mechanical film cameras made before the 1960’s is simply unmatched.  Barnack Leica’s, the original Nikon F, Rolleiflex TLR’s, Konica rangefinders, early Pentax SLR’s, Zeiss, Voigtlander and Agfa folders.  WOW!  Okay, I’m going to need a moment to calm down!  (Particularly since most of the cameras pictured […]

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Metering the Meterless

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 […]

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