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Death of an Analog Photographer

Freefall in Yosemite

1511
23 Jun 2021
A monologue on nature's beauty and the quest for better cameras.

Fujifilm X

kitted out

658
31 May 2021
In November 2014 I "went mirrorless" with a Fujifilm X setup.

2020 in photos

2020 in photos

1186
27 Jan 2021
What pictures did I take in 2020? How did they reflect what went on in the world? What cameras did I use to take them? All this and more, in today's episode of "2020 in review."

forest green lightroom preset

forest green lightroom preset

color grading

881
21 Nov 2020
Let's create a new Lightroom Development Preset which takes advantage of Color Grading.

babylon 13

babylon 13

lomography kino film

1180
10 Nov 2020
Is the new Lomography monochrome film stock worth your time and money?

zeiss sharpness

zeiss sharpness

395
1 Nov 2020
How does Zeiss' reputation for sharpness hold up for the specific gear on my shelf?

explore on Flickr is a trick

explore on Flickr is a trick

1342
21 Oct 2020
Flickr uses its "Explore" feature to trick people into staying engaged.

off-camera lighting on a shoestring

off-camera lighting on a shoestring

1015
7 May 2020
Want to get started with off-camera lighting, but don't want to waste money buying junk gear?

a tale of two ektars

a tale of two ektars

576
7 May 2020
Let's talk about Ektar. No, not that Ektar. The other Ektar.

five years with fujifilm X

five years with fujifilm X

1143
6 May 2020
In November 2014 I went whole hog into Fujifilm's X camera system.

the dumb story of APS film

the dumb story of APS film

forever haunted by 1996

1253
17 Feb 2020
The Advanced Photo System ("APS"), aka Kodak Advantix, had a brief, dumb existence.

LomoChrome Metropolis

LomoChrome Metropolis

524
26 Jan 2020
In summer 2019, Lomography did something unusual – they introduced a completely new film stock.

2019 in photos

2019 in photos

wiping it off our boots

921
25 Jan 2020
This is what I've learned, what I've seen, and what I've taken photos of in 2019.

let's talk about Flickr

let's talk about Flickr

yes, Flickr is still a thing

599
20 Dec 2019
Flickr's CEO told the world yesterday that the service is unsustainable and unless something changes, it will die.

tear your backing paper

tear your backing paper

see what happens

293
18 Jun 2019
What's going on inside a roll of 120 film?

lomography diana baby

lomography diana baby

is it any good?

902
19 May 2019
The Diana Baby is a unicorn – a modern 110 film camera.

ektachrome is back!

ektachrome is back!

443
2 May 2019
Like a zombie, Kodak's Ektachrome film has risen from the grave.

frame sizes revisited

frame sizes revisited

645 digital edition

503
18 Mar 2019
What are the field-of-view equivalents for 645 digital camera sensors?

2018 in photos

2018 in photos

another horrible year

1919
8 Jan 2019
An entire year has passed, did I learn anything?

black & white showdown results

black & white showdown results

890
10 Dec 2018
Can I even tell the difference between all those various black&white film stocks?

kodak lumiere slide film

kodak lumiere slide film

203
8 Dec 2018
I picked up off eBay some unusual film stock: Kodak Lumiere. Wildly out of date, and with only two rolls, see how the images came out.

fujfilm GA645Zi

fujfilm GA645Zi

medium format point-and-shoot

1079
21 Nov 2018
Nine months ago I learned of the existence of this line of cameras that both use medium format film and are flat and compact. Unfortunately, they are also glorified point-and-shoots.

pentax K-50 saga

pentax K-50 saga

wherein I learn about aperture block failure

333
28 Jul 2018
The Pentax K50 is an attractive, shiny, eye-catching turd.

tips for aerial photography

tips for aerial photography

586
30 Jun 2018
Here are some general tips for taking photos in the sky.

pentax K-01

pentax K-01

a.k.a. the brick

505
24 Jun 2018
I bought, used, then sold a Pentax K-01 all within two months. More than just not being the camera for me, it's not even clear why this camera was created in the first place. This is its story.

cell phone cameras

cell phone cameras

a review

1057
24 Jun 2018
I read yet another article yesterday about how technology in cell phone cameras has surpassed that of dedicated cameras and "wow! look at these photos where you can barely tell which camera made the image!" *barf*

the great black and white showdown

the great black and white showdown

414
12 May 2018
Exactly how noticeable is the difference between all those black and white films?

photographing a performance

photographing a performance

1227
20 Apr 2018
I was asked recently to photograph "Play on Words", an event where performers do dramatic readings of short stories. Here's how I did it.

hip to be square

hip to be square

1068
23 Feb 2018
Here how to convert Fuji X focal length equivalents for 6x6 medium format.

2017 in photos

2017 in photos

2017
26 Dec 2017
By far, the most important thing that happened to me this year was the birth of my daughter. But let's talk about what really matters – how did that affect my photography?

kowa/six compared

1345
2 Dec 2017 4 Aug 2021
The Kowa/SIX was produced from 1968 to 1974, a budget-friendly competitor to the Hasselblad V system.

testing slide duplicating film

testing slide duplicating film

330
19 Jun 2017
One of the weirder films you can find on eBay is Kodak's Ektachrome "Slide Duplicating Film 5071".

2016 in photos

2016 in photos

182
26 Dec 2016
Here we are – nearly at New Years Day, our annual reminder that we're all slowly approaching our deaths.

leica m3 versus fujifilm x-t1

leica m3 versus fujifilm x-t1

a comparison

2297
18 Jul 2015
In which I compare the legendary 1955 Leica M3 rangefinder to the 2014 modern digital mirrorless Fujiflim X-T1.

one landscape, different days

one landscape, different days

373
28 Aug 2012
Changes in time and weather can make dramatically different landscape photos, even when the landscape itself is the same.