Film photographers love old gear. But what about NEW gear? As our equipment ages and continues to be used, things are simply going to deteriorate. When possible, I like to buy NEW photo equipment that’s relevant to what I do. It provides a better user experience for me than dealing with eBay returns and relentless […]Read more "Nikon Film Shooters, Buy New!"
What do House of Cards, Whale Wars, Michael Jackson’s Beat It, the Walking Dead, Parks and Recreation, Wedding Crashers, and Sex in the City 2 all have in common? I’ve photographed members of their casts and crews! Being a photographer is reason enough to be somewhere special and meet interesting people. If you shoot production […]Read more "My Life As A Production Still Photographer"
Let me begin by admitting that I’m sick and tired of film photographers telling other film photographers not to worry about their light seals because they’re not necessary. This is complete and total bullshit and the inspiration for this post. There’s nothing more infuriating in the world of film, for me, than the spread of misinformation. […]Read more "The Importance of Light Seals"
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!"
Matt & Kim are an awesome indie-pop duo out of Brooklyn. Steph & Johnny are an awesome photography duo out of Frederick. Are you feelin’ the synergy?! Nobody was sure if Saturday’s sold out Matt & Kim show at Flying Dog Brewery was going to be possible with the threat of Hurricane Florence looming. Amazingly, not only were […]Read more "Matt & Kim & Steph & Johnny – or – Damn, Flying Dog Brewery Sure Knows How to Provide Hurricane Relief!"
A lens that has been a long-time staple in my Nikon kit, since about 2005 actually, is my Nikkor 85mm 1.8 K AI’d. I chose the 85/1.8 for the reasons many people reach for an 85/1.8; available light portrait work and a little smaller, lighter, less expensive, easier to control lens than an […]Read more "Go-To Portrait Lens: Nikkor 85mm 1.8 K AI’d"
The Nikon FM10 is a camera that experienced/knowledgeable film photographers take pride in dismissing. The chorus is common: “It’s all plastic!” “It’s not even made by Nikon!” But look, what the vocal opponents don’t seem to get is that the Nikon FM10 is actually a highly evolved, practical camera, capable of terrific photos. And it […]Read more "Defending the Nikon FM10"
Looking to get into 35mm film photography and wondering what camera to choose, from the dizzying array of possibilities? You’ve come to the right place! The following four first film camera suggestions are guaranteed to get you addicted to film and help you become a solid, knowledgeable shooter (with lots of practice and reading of […]Read more "Recommended First Film Cameras"
The Nikon FM2n, the most remarkable unremarkable camera ever made.Read more "My Ode to the Humble Nikon FM2n"