A Treasure By Chance …

It was the gleam in my eye when I looked to the right ... ... yep, click-bait - made you look. Except, it happened in Wal Mart. Walking down those aisles in electronics looking for all the things Target stopped selling, a small grey box caught my eye. No, it wasn't the digital download box set of the current Dune movies (that's going to have to hit the dollar store before I buy it) ... it was one of those miracles that happens because you have employees that don't ever check the back of a storage cabinet where you keep…

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Quite possibly the worst film … resulting in unintended art

It's almost like they did this on purpose ... ... to frustrate a whole county worth of photographers. China strikes again - via Five Below. ... or did they? With many newbies getting into lomography instead of technical photography, shipping America the worst possible film may have actually backfired. Think about it ... lots of grain, very little color saturation (I mean, it looks like film that was exposed and then the canister left to sit in an attic for fifteen years before developing), you actually get shorted a frame on a ten frame roll (oh, yeah ... it's only…

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Knowing When To Keep Your Mouth Shut

Yep .... know when to keep your mouth shut (and yes, I know the camera needs cleaned) Sooooooooo ...... Fifteen minutes after writing an article about the style of lomography and how imperfections make it what it is, the developer pocket from an Instax shot broke open while rolling out of the camera (the shot above is what it looked like after it was cleaned). So, if you ever want to know why those packets of film are sealed (it's not just for the light), and why it's a bad idea to leave half a pack of shots in an…

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Lomography … it’s not just a company but a style

"Thirty-Five Years Ago Today" ... from Images By Lawrence Capozzolo We've all heard about Lomography (the company) ... but many don't get familiar with lomography, the style. Lomography is analog photography that doesn't card about the technical ... whether or not the shot is set perfect, framed right, or that the exposure is even remotely close. The quality and perfection of the film is often an after thought. So you get a shot like above. One that I took while testing  Mamiya ZE-X for operation with (I now discovered), quite possibly, the worst film ever made: Up-Tech 100 Speed. It's…

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Get out your old cameras …

(c)I'm Back - used from kickstarter site   Something I've been waiting for ... the ability to change sensors like you used to be able to change film. This isn't exactly that, but if this becomes very successful - I don't see where these innovators wouldn't take it there.   "I'm Back" is a 35mm film cartridge system that puts a digital sensor into your old 35mm film camera. Yes .... you can take your trusty Nikon F4 and put a digital sensor in it, without major surgery. The update version of the product has moved up to a Micro…

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Slide or Color Reversal Film Capture – Part 1

it doesn't look pretty - but it works  This is one of the setups I use to capture color reversal shots (slide film). It looks very make-shift, but works - and when tweaked with the correct exposure on the camera and a good balanced image on the slide, it does produce the same quality image that you would acquire from a $10k plus scanner. On the other side, when you don't have that perfect exposure, or the shot isn't balanced and the shadows don't capture correctly, or the highlights blow out and vignette - you can acquire some very nice…

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The Relevancy Of A Camera In Modern Times

$13 .... why even bother ?!?!?!?   ... and that's what many people would say. The camera pictured about was released in 1987, the year I graduated. Yep, it's old. It's slow to auto-focus. It only has a one-point TTL phase-detection for that slow auto-focus. It DOES take a variety of Nikon F-Mount lenses, but doesn't get anything out of the current features of the modern lenses because it's computer (if you want to call it that), can't understand them. The shutter range is only 1 sec to 1/2000 sec with bulb (in other word you have to time a…

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The New Analog: Digicams Are Back On The Street!

Mom .... where's my old pocket cam??? Mom: "You mean the one you said we could throw out because you have the $20,000 Funu 10k Hologram capable camera with volumetric 4d stabilization? .... Your dad uses is to post Instagram pics of his pet shrimp." "I need it back ..... nobody is using expensive cameras for street photography anymore - Dad can use my Funu 10k Hologram cam for his shrimp pictures." Mom: "You want to use a $70 camera for you photography projects?!? But ...." .... yup. It Happened. No ... analog is not gone. Ektachrome is back, but…

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Bad Lighting: That Big Grey Cloud

Well, at least you can see some of it ...   Lighting .... when it's great, it's great.  When it's bad .... ^%$&^$!!!!   You have you day planned out, the fall colors are starting to look amazing, the cool crispness of the air invigorates you ..... and they you see that pin-spot of light on the area you want to shoot. No camera can compensate for that, I don't car how good the new A.I. is in the image processor. Well, you get what you can, and then more on to post processing. Too bad you can't go back…

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The Edit: Gimp or Krita

  Time to edit. You took your photos, now make them beautiful pieces of art .....     {{deer in the headlights look}} ....     Ummmm ..... huh? But, Mom said they're already beautiful?     {{eyeroll}} ..... is Mom buying any?     Ummmm ..... no.     {{groan}}     >> This is the time when you realize as a photographer your potential to NEVER leave the house and why your mother buys Valium pills by the gallon.   Your photos are amazing .... and they actually may be.   Here is the reality .... you either now…

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Time Travel with Photography Part 2: Straight Into The Present

  Above is am image taken with a Spartus Full-Vue Camera 2.25 inch square (6x6 format). Image on the right is a picture of that camera. The image above was only cropped to an approx 4in x 6in ratio and was not cleaned up. It definitely doesn't look like it was shot with a modern digital camera where the images is all crisp and perfect, although it was taken on modern unexpired film in approx 2020. There are many things that affect this end image product in modern times, and we will go into a little detail on that later.…

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Time Travel with Photography Part 1: Aged Film and Memories

    One of the easiest ways to time travel (less the monsters,mutants, and expensive cinema cameras) is through photography. The capability of film and a great (or most likely crappy) lens to take you back seventy plus years. The photo above was taken with the camera pictured to the left. Less the design of the boats, it's really hard to tell whether the pic was taken in 2020 or 1953. The imperfect focusing of the lens, slightly blown out highlights from a set shutting time, fogginess in the distance due to the films age .... all take you back…

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Lenses: The Ultimate Addiction

Yep ... it's the other reason your spouse or partner throws you out of the house, besides the $9000 camera body. Usually the camera body thing is more easily forgiven ... because you have usually only purchased one and you can more easily be seen as repentant for doing so. Even from a psychological point of view, it's easier to not get into a camera body addiction than a lens addition. I mean, once you've spent $9000 on a camera body, it's pretty satisfying ... sort of like buying a sports car - when you've got a 500hp Mustang you…

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Rivalries: You shoot a what????

You shoot a what???? Rivalries are everywhere there is a personal or professional preference for something. Sports teams, game consoles, and of course ... cameras. Many of these rivalries started with legitimate competition that set them in play (ie. the neighboring high school or college football teams where one always seems to be the underdog, soccer (or as many would say "real football")), etc. In the camera world there are many reasons this happened (there is a link below to a great article by the Latin America Post that sheds light on more recent ones and some history). I'm a…

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Is It Real ?!?

  Is it real?!?   When you get a great shot of a sunset, clear ocean, etc, is this one of the questions you getting in your comments?   Is it the one you ask yourself after you process is?   Yes, that's normal ... images, just like sounds can be perceived differently by individuals. They can also be interpreted uniquely by a variety of camera image sensors. Sensors, like the eyes of individuals, are not created exactly the same. And then there the differences between what you eye sees and what your camera imager, firmware, and editing software processes.…

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Accidental Images

  Did you ever set up to take that really cool shot and end up doing something stupid like have your footing slip, or have a tripod unlock and twist, or basically have the unexpected happen that actually made that cool shot even cooler? Well, like most, you probably weren't thinking that at first ... you were probably thinking something more in the lines of "^$@@!!&&%$^!!". Right? That's my usual reaction until I start processing files. Then you end up seeing the art in the mistake.   More than once I have taken shots that instinctively I would hit the…

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