What I Miss About Film

I’m always fascinated when I meet a photographer who has never shot a roll of film. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean it in a critical way. I’ve fully embraced and invested in digital, just like you. Couldn’t do what I do without it. It’s just interesting to me, though, how so many photographers have never used one of the most basic elements in all of photography. I can’t (and don’t) blame them. It’s timing. The history of photography in general– and the digital age in particular– has come a very long way in a very short time. Cameras get smaller. Sensors get bigger. “iPhonography” is actually a thing. And don’t even get me started on some of the insanely impressive time-lapse photography going on out there. Exciting stuff.

And yet, I miss film.

1961 KOdak Retina Camera

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Old Cameras And Strobes Reborn As Beautiful Lighting Fixtures

Old cameras are often a thing of beauty. They are well curved, with every aspect both engineered and designed to the maximum.

Sadly with the advance of technology, those beautiful cameras and strobes are often forgotten on a shelf or in the attic, never to be seen again.

Old Cameras And Strobes Reborn As Beautiful Lighting Fixtures

Ystudio, a Japanese based studio transforms old photography objects into beautiful lighting fixtures and lamps. [Read more…]

How To Make A Concrete Pinhole Camera

We’ve seen our share of weird/amazing pinhole cameras, made from everything: simple wood, cardboard or even a human skull. I have yet to see one made from solid concrete.

How To Make A Concrete Pinhole Camera

New Zealand based Instructable user amuu just changed that making a – not only functional – but amazingly stylish concrete pinhole camera (And a full set of instructions to go with that) – those are the highlights of the build, for the full tutorial visit the instructable page. [Read more…]

3D Printed Brackets For Panoramic Photography

Here is an interesting piece of gear. A 3d Printed lens collar that is designed for panoramic photography (this one is for Samyang 8mm, but the concept is similar for all).

While both the concepts of automated panoramas and nodal-point brackets are not new, I believe Ilya Titov made one heck of an innovative piece of gear, which is feature rich and I would not be surprised if someone productized (or crowd-funded) it.

3D Printed Brackets For Panoramic Photography

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DIY – Film Canister Bag Address Tags

I’ve seen lots of used film canisters re-purposed as dangling bag accessories for sale in trendy parts of Hong-Kong. The idea is to drill or burn a small hole in the top of the plastic spool and fit a key-chain to that. I figured it would be a lot more useful to use the can to give a return contact address in case the bag is lost and found. What better way could there be than to use film?

DIY - Film Cannister Bag Address Tags

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Lensbaby And Photojournalism – A Lens Review

Being part of the news and documentary photography business in Israel I usually work with the classic “hard-core” equipment, Canon 5D Mark II camera and the 16-35, 70-200 L type lenses. The equipment is minimal, usually fitting two ‘Newswear’ pouches on my belt. Anything else stays home.

This is why I was excited to get something new, the Lensbaby lenses – a Composer Pro, Sweet 35 Optics, Soft Focus Optics and Fisheye Optics. While I never got to try them, I knew they were small and compact, something I can easily carry with me on my photographic journeys. I’ve read few reviews about those lenses but was always missing the unique angle of someone who took them on a news or documentary mission. I decided this would be the unique angle I will explore.

Lensbaby And Photojournalism - A Lens Review

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Alone In Iceland – A Beautiful Time Lapse Showing The Country

Alone In Iceland - A Beautiful Time Lapse Showing The Country

Photographer André Öberg took on the mission to show how beautiful Iceland is via a time lapse movie. Now, usually we cover high-end loads of tech, heavy on the gear time lapses, but this time we were fascinated with how beautiful a time lapse done with so little gear can be. Andre traveled for “almost 3.500Km, hiked around 100km, met lots of people and have seen unbelievable landscapes.“. [Read more…]

The Motus Is A (Commercial Grade) DIY 3 Axis Time Lapse Beast

Who said that DIY equipment looks cheap? Motus – A 3 Axis motion control system – look great and polished. It is one of those machines that are DIYed but everybody secretly wishes they’d go Kickstarter. See the video below for a glimpse of its capabilities.

The Motus Is A (Commercial Grade) DIY 3 Axis Time Lapse Beast

We interviewed Constantino Schillebeeckx, the freelance photographer behind the motion control system, about its capabilities. [Read more…]

Pros Vs. Joes – The Difference Between Amateur and Professional Photographers

There has been a lot of talk recently about what the difference is between amateur and professional photographers.

Comments by industry big shots, such as Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer who proclaim that there “is no such thing really as professional photographers” (well maybe not pro cat/flower/sunset photographers posting to Flickr anyway).

Or, when venerable institutions such as the Chicago Sun Times decide to lay off their entire photography staff – you do start to wonder – what exactly is the difference between amateur and professional photographers?

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How to Recreate the Demi Moore Vanity Fair Cover Pose

Naked and pregnant. That’s how movie star Demi Moore chose to pose for her 1991 Vanity Fair cover photo. The classic shot, captured by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, celebrated the natural glamour of the pregnant body and became the most famous maternity photo of all time, changing the landscape of portrait photography forever.

How to Recreate the Demi Moore Vanity Fair Cover Pose
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz @ Vanity Fair 1991

Award-winning portrait photographer Sue Bryce breaks this legendary pregnancy pose down into 9 easy steps [mildly NSFW]: [Read more…]