I was recently the victim of a “cruel” and “brutal” online slaying of my self-worth, my photographic ability, knowledge, dress sense, and the weird shape of my head. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I was even told I was ugly and I smelled. Ok, so I might be projecting a little, and some of […]
Why didn’t you search before asking the question? Or, how to fix the online photography community
Some weeks ago a recent film photographer interviewee of mine reminded me of a problem that feels old as film photography itself: the negative way in which certain genuine requests for information are handled. You can read my sign-off in the link below for some initial thoughts on this but in case you don’t want […]
How to shoot expired film or, no you do not need to add one stop per decade
There is a “rule” for shooting expired film. This “rule” states that when shooting expired film, one should add one stop of exposure per decade it has been expired. The rule is wrong and by blindly following it, you are doing yourself, your film and your subjects a disservice. No-one knows where the rule came […]
There’s no such thing as 120mm film…
Let’s be as clear as possible: there is no such thing as “120mm film”. Medium format roll film for cameras like Hasselblads, Rolleiflexes and Pentax 67s, is called “120”. That simple ~120-year-old designation is all you ever need to use. This isn’t going to be a big revelation to many of you but we’ve come […]
Who really cares if …”XYZ did it first”?
As a photographer, there are certain words that when uttered, strike fear into my heart. “That’s an ND filter, not an IR filter”, is a pretty good example. In appropriate measure, fear can be a good thing.