I wasn’t really hyperbolizing when I said that the Leica 14312 is the best camera strap in the world. I own one for each of my Leica bodies and swap them onto my other rangefinders and SLR’s too. So when Mark from Due North Leather Goods in Canada reached out to me about test-driving one […]Read more "Is Your Camera Due for a New Strap?"
For my last entry, I shared The Very Best of Johnny Martyr, but as with most greatest hits compilations, so many great songs get left behind. Often the songs that mean the most to the author are not the chart-toppers. So if you don’t mind, I’d like you to give the blogs below a second […]Read more "Johnny’s Favorites"
Okay, I fully admit to being in a blogging lull right now. And what do people do when they’re in a lull, they release their greatest hits! Below are my blogs from each year for the past five years which had the highest number of views. It’s funny how sometimes the the topics/photos/articles that I […]Read more "The Very Best of Johnny Martyr"
Film photography websites are often dominated by male-centric camera fetish articles built on claims of indestructibility and a glorious history that seems to have concluded as shelf decor with occasional use. I love reading (and writing) about vintage film cameras and certainly reference all these sites when I’m on the market for a new piece […]Read more "Lifestyle Film Photographer, Stephanie Bryan"
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!"
Proverbs 18:2 states “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” I’m not a religious guy but I heard this Bible passage recently and immediately thought of the litany of misinformation and poor demeanor that I have seen posted ad nauseam on film photography forums for the last 20 years. […]Read more "The Ten Commandments of Film Photography"
Something that drives me crazy is when I see photographers with disorganized camera bags. My wife’s is absolutely terrifying. Film photographers are probably the worst offenders but ironically have the greatest need for an organized bag. If you’re an award-winning, world renowned photographer and keep a messy bag, fine. Who am I to criticize you? […]Read more "A Well Organized Bag is a Good Start"
[Cover photo by Stephanie Lee] It’s a popular refrain; “the camera doesn’t matter, buying a Leica won’t make you a better photographer.” And while it’s true, I think the camera does matter and buying a Leica did make me a better photographer. You’re LOLing so loud that I think I can actually hear you 😉 If […]Read more "Leica Made Me a Better Photographer"
Hey brides! I’m Johnny Martyr and I’ve been photographing weddings since 2001 when I interned with one of the highest rated wedding photographers in Baltimore. Almost two decades later, I am still passionate about weddings and now I have the added pleasure of photographing them with my wife, Stephanie Lee. Our work has been published […]Read more "A Bride’s Guide to Gorgeous Wedding Photos"
I began photographic life, a Pentax guy. I tried Olympus, Yashica, Agfa, Voigtlander and Leica. I stuck with Leica. I also occasionally still shoot those brands, and others. But the brand I use about equally to Leica for paid work is Nikon. What I like about Nikon bodies is that, unlike Canon, they committed to […]Read more "Dear Nikon, We’re Giving You Another Chance!"