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"
This spring, I had the pleasure of photographing one of the most fun and inspiring, weddings I’ve photographed. Downtown Frederick, Maryland art icons Kayleigh Montgomery and Chris Morris were engaged to be married, and of all the amazing analog shooters in the area, I was fortunate enough to be tapped to cover their festive occasion. […]Read more "Downtown Frederick Art Icons Get Hitched!"
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"
What are your go-to focal lengths? I shoot most of my work within the 50-90mm range. But everyone needs a jump-start to their creativity once in a while. A different lens can help us take our work in different directions but also can improve what we already do. Yes, folks, the equipment matters. Previously, I […]Read more "The Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 Heliar & An Introduction to Rectilinear Super Wides"
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"
When we think of Leica, the second thing we often think of is Summicron. But before Leica formulated their legend, there was a lesser known yet still quite remarkable nifty 50. Thanks to having been overshadowed by the Cron, this very capable Leitz 50/2 is usually available for less than $400. That’s right, I’m talking […]Read more "Leitz 5cm f2 Summitar"
I have been shooting weddings on film for over 4 years. I started shooting about 15 years ago and in that time frame, when we were attending Villa Julie College, just outside Baltimore, is when I met Joe and his lovely girlfriend (then girlfriend, now wife) Christina. In college, Joe and I were artistic one-uppers […]Read more "An Inspired/ing Wedding"
In a world plastered with sleek, sterile advertising imagery, where even point and shoot cameras are over-complicated and printing/storing photos requires some amount of computer skill and file management, instant film cameras are a refreshing way to get back to TRUE POINT AND SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY. We were all convinced that digital cameras had finally satisfied […]Read more "An Instant Wedding Photo Hit"