*I originally published the following article on Petapixel on September 11th, 2020, it is reproduced here in honor of the 20th anniversary “With a press pass around his neck and a camera bag over his shoulder, in the middle of a crossfire – Bill was in heaven.” —Wendy Doremus September 11, 2001 was a sunny […]Read more "The Final Moments of 9/11 Photographer, Bill Biggart"
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 […]Read more "What is a Snapshot?"
Are you interested in shooting black and white and want to know what film to start with? Do you you use a lab to process your work, or do C41 at home? I highly recommend giving Ilford XP2 a spin. Ilford XP2 400 Super is a unique stock because it’s a chromogenic (color) film that […]Read more "Ilford XP2 – A Smart Go-To B&W Film"
A few years ago, I photographed a Veruca Salt concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I wasn’t an official photographer, I was just having fun with the then still available Fuji FP-3000b peel apart instant film and my 1960’s Polaroid Automatic Land camera. But it was a great night anyway and I’ll always […]Read more "A Post About Louise Post and the Importance of Photography"
You’ve probably heard by now that Fuji have discontinued what was for many shooters, their go-to, general purpose color film, Pro 400H. For anyone who’s been shooting film for more than a few years, we know this rodeo all to well. Fuji or Kodak announce a discontinuation (notice that Ilford never does). The bloggers pick […]Read more "On Fuji Pro 400H and Any Discontinued Stock"
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"
Since buying, shooting and writing about the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC, I feel like I see this lens everywhere! I didn’t realise how popular it is. The blog I wrote about it is my third most viewed of all time, I see it mounted to many of the cameras that I read reviews of […]Read more "One Year with the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC"
If you currently own or are interesting in buying a Nikon FM2n, you’ll want to know about the three common issues that I’ve found with these cameras. As previously noted, I’m a big fan of the Nikon FM2n. I’ve owned five and have whittled down to just two black FM2n’s. I’ve been shooting on them […]Read more "Three Common Issues with the Nikon FM2n"
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"
Back in art school, between my classes, I’d follow friends into their classes and hang out for a bit. One fateful day (these stories always contain a fateful day) I followed Becca into her drawing class. Becca was a quiet but opinionated graphic designer I had a crush on. She seemed to take pride in […]Read more "Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise"