International Center of Photography shooter James Mignogna once told me that a good photographer matches their light, lens, film and developer. Nowhere do I think these decisions are more critical than portraits in dim lighting. With all of us spending so much time at home lately, I have gotten a number of emails asking for […]Read more "Rating + Processing for Available Light Portraits – EI 1600 ISO"
It’s Thursday April 2nd, the day after April Fools Day. But there weren’t many jokes yesterday as the world approached 1 million confirmed cases of the subject of all news outlets; Coronavirus. My photo jobs have dried up as a result of the mandatory shelter in place orders. I am in the process of editing […]Read more "Photography in the Shadow of Coronavirus"
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"
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!"
Sometimes the dumbest ideas are perpetuated on the internet. Storing ones film in the fridge is one of them. Like many adamant film photographers, I too, used to buy months or even years worth of film when there was a sale. And I’d store it in a little mini fridge. I would open the door […]Read more "Your Film Doesn’t Need to be Refrigerated; Less Shopping. More Shooting."
—This article is dedicated to recently lost souls; Andy Anderson, former drummer for The Cure and Keith Flint, infamous frontman of The Prodigy. May you find peace.— I was wearing my 1930 Leica when I first met Jason Nicholson in the streets of downtown Frederick, about this time last year. I noticed him strolling by […]Read more "Rock Photographer, Jason Nicholson"
Didn’t I already write about the 1949 Leitz 5cm 1.5 Summarit? Why yes, I did, but in light of several recent conversations about this controversial fistful of German metal and glass, I want to make it clear, THE LEITZ SUMMARIT 5CM 1.5 DOES NOT SUCK! Okay, so you might not be into swirlios and soft […]Read more "15 Photos That Prove The Leitz 50mm Summarit Does NOT SUCK!!!"
From film… to digital… and back again! Throughout the 20th century, b&w silver gelatin prints were THE standard in b&w photography. Unlike modern inkjet prints which consist of ink sprayed onto the surface of paper, silver gelatin paper, like photographic film itself, consists of layers of organic and chemical material. So the resulting images have […]Read more "Traditional Prints in a Digital World"
Fact. I have owned a copy of every SMC-M 50mm lens that Pentax ever made.Read more "Pentax SMC 50mm 1.2"
Friday evening I arrived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, just one day after Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine accepted the Democratic nomination for President and Vice President of the United States. This is the first rally of the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in the U.S. Every move from now forward will become history. […]Read more "Hillary in Harrisburg; The First Rally of the First Female Presidential Nominee of a Major Party"