talkin bout cameras


a blog by Branden Frederick

Concepts

Frame Sizes Revisited

Frame Sizes Revisited

Pentax 645D Edition

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18 Mar 2019

With the inclusion of a Pentax 645D in my arsenal, a (somewhat) medium format digital camera, I once again am curious to know how lens focal lengths translate into fields of view for this sensor size.

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2018 in Review

2018 in Review

Another Horrible Year

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8 Jan 2019

The year of our lord two thousand and eighteen is finally over (a week ago, whoops). Did my photography grow in technique and skill? If nothing else, my pile of cameras and lenses definitely grew in size. Let's dig in!

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Polarizing the Ocean

Polarizing the Ocean

How a polarizing filter can affect photos of the ocean

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23 Jul 2018
A few weeks ago I was able to see some dramatic differences between polarized and non-polarized light with regards to photographing the ocean. continue reading »

Tips for Aerial Photography

Tips for Aerial Photography

Shooting photos out an airplane window

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30 Jun 2018
Some of my favorite photos have been ones I've shot out of an airplane window. From 1000 to 3000 feet up in the air, you can get some amazing views, and smaller aircraft travel slow enough that you have time to prepare and compose your shots. continue reading »

Designing A Look

Designing A Look

Deciding a Travel Kit

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25 Jun 2018
One of those recurring topics in photo enthusiast conversations is the grand decision of what gear to bring while traveling. continue reading »

Cell Phone Cameras

Cell Phone Cameras

The best-selling cameras of the past decade

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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!" continue reading »

Shooting a Performance

Shooting a Performance

Photos of Play on Words

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20 Apr 2018
I was asked recently to photograph "Play on Words", an event where performers do dramatic readings of short stories. continue reading »

Hip to be Square

Hip to be Square

Fuji X equivalent focal lengths for 6x6 medium format

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23 Feb 2018
Over the past few years, I've become enamored with using my Fuji X cameras to shoot square photographs. I learned to love squares through Instagram and medium format, and I was happy to discover that square photography is built right into my Fujifilm digital cameras. continue reading »

2017 Review

2017 Review

a Self-Reflection

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26 Dec 2017
By far, the most important thing that happened to me this year was the birth of my daughter. Yes, this is a photography blog and childbirth has nothing to do with cameras, but her birth transcended all parts of my life, including photography. continue reading »

how I pick cameras

how I pick cameras

what I look for

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13 May 2017

As this website will attest, I've written a lot of garbage over the years about my experiences with different cameras and photo techniques. I've bought and sold entire camera systems, delved deep into film, had my left eye socket fitted with a M42 screw mount (I lie), not to mention that time when I heard the term "strobist" and got really into flash photography for 45 seconds. I'm open minded and willing to experiment.

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2016

2016

year in review

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26 Dec 2016
Here we are – nearly at New Years Day, our annual reminder that we're all slowly approaching our deaths. As the heavy drinking drowns our sorrows, so does it turn our reflection inward, and cause us to self-evaluate. We realize how little we've accomplished, and to what degree we've let ourselves down. continue reading »

what's in my bag?

what's in my bag?

don't expect me to actually answer this question

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19 Nov 2016
I subscribe to too many camera discussions where the premise is "what's in your camera bag?" Like watching car crash videos on YouTube, there's nothing good about this habit, but I just can't help myself. This is my own failing. continue reading »

metering without machines

metering without machines

a manual how-to

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3 Dec 2014

So you've got one of these old cameras from the days of yore, and you've figured out how to get the film in it and where to point the dang thing, but uh-oh, how do you know what numbers to set for the aperture and shutter speed?

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the photo process

the photo process

a photo's journey from real life to my website

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24 Nov 2014

This is my process; this is how I make a photo.

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Thomas and Trey photo walk

Thomas and Trey photo walk

in san francisco

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14 May 2013
I showed up for a photo walk hosted by prolific photographers Thomas Hawk and Trey Ratcliff. The event was sponsored by Google, which was having its annual I/O conference near the walk, and who gave everyone a copy of the Nik software suite, and one lucky person got a Google Glass. continue reading »

one landscape, different days

one landscape, different days

accidental fortune

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28 Aug 2012

This is the view off my father-in-law's balcony. I've been going up to his house for years, and at all times of year at all times of day, in all types of weather and with all types of cameras, I've been taking photos of this view. So I've accidentally set up an example of how different light, weather, seasons, cameras, etc. can affect the same landscape.

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this website

is a one-person blog all about digital and film photography and its techniques, concepts, and accessories, and the search for the meaning of life. This project is created by Branden Frederick, a long-time hobbyist photographer with allegiance to no brand. The goal of this website is to help us all become better photographers.

Photography advice is the only as good as the person making the photos, and as Branden is miles away from being a great photographer, take this whole blog with a grain of salt.

about Branden Frederick

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

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