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"
In early 2019, the film community was pretty stressed out, and with good reason. The nearly two century old chemical manufacturer, Tetenal appeared close to shutting down. Many photographers have probably never even heard of this company, but Tetenal has been “the man behind the curtain” for many of Kodak’s products for decades. The product […]Read more "These Photos Were Processed In Kodak’s New HC110 In Spite of The Product’s Single Flaw"
If your New Year’s resolution is to start processing your own b&w film at home, or you’re just interested in comparing notes, I thought it would be handy for me to share my darkroom grocery list. Disclaimer – I am not a chemist! I’m just a photographer who has found some products and methods that […]Read more "Johnny Martyr’s B&W Darkroom Grocery List"
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"
Say what you will about wedding photography but few other gigs will allow you to party with beautiful people without having to even know a single dance move. My wife and I are freelance wedding photographers. She shoots digital and I shoot on b&w 35mm film. I use vintage, all manual cameras and lenses and […]Read more "Wedding Receptions on Film; No Flash, No Automation"
I first met Lisa when my wife and I were photographing the Maryland Craft Beer Festival in Frederick, MD in 2013. Steph also did their family portraits that year. Then in 2016, we photographed her brother’s wedding and learned how talented a make-up artist Lisa is. So it was my absolute pleasure to photograph Lisa’s […]Read more "The Wedding of Lisa & Jason"
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"
Recently, I was privileged to photograph Arthur and Michael’s classy, intimate wedding at the Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD. The event would consist of a small ceremony followed by an upscale dinner with only a handful of close friends and family in attendance. It’s an honor when anyone hires you for a wedding, but particularly […]Read more "The Wedding of Arthur & Michael"
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"
Out of focus people in the the foregrounds of my candid portraiture provide balance, context, depth and interest to the photo.Read more "Dear Out of Focus People in the Foreground, Please, DON’T MOVE!"