We’ve Got a Week Left to Fund Our Analog Photography Zine (And Our Special Workshop!)

With one week left in our Kickstarter, we need to raise only $1,000 more dollars to get complete funding in order for us to put out one of the best zines featuring modern analog photographers today. The zine is going to be a beautiful, high quality, limited edition magazine that will adorn your coffee table as a centerpiece. At any time, you’ll be able to pick it up and page through fantastic and well printed photos by these photographers in addition to understanding their psyche. Their stories will seek to inspire both pro and amateur photographer alike.

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Sunny 16, Seeing Light, and Improving Your Digital Photography with Analog Techniques

Pro Tip: The Sunny 16 rule dictates that, on a perfectly shadowless sunny day, you set your aperture to f16 and your shutter speed becomes the reciprocal of your ISO to get the perfect light meter reading.

In our digital world, being able to see our images on an LCD or EVF screen moments after pressing the shutter, the art of being able to see light, to know the approximate exposure of a scene prior to taking a shot, is all a dying art. But back in analog film days this was an essential piece to a photographer’s process. Continue reading…

Why I Built a 90mm 4×5 Film Pinhole Camera

All photos and blog post by Julian L. Used with permission.

 

I first got into photography with a Kodak Instamatic 126 when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I absolutely loved it, it was magical to me at that age. I actually recently bought the same camera off eBay to run some 35mm film through it. After a few years I graduated onto a Voigtlander Vitoret D and my dad found at a car boot sale. It was cheap because the shutter was jammed, but dad fixed it for me. I ‘helped’ with the repair (watched and tried not to get in the way, I must have been about 7 or 8 at the time). The shutter mechanism absolutely fascinated me. I remember dad explaining aperture and shutter speed to me, because the camera was unmetered. It took a little while to get used to it, but got there in the end. Anyway I had several other cameras, but I always remember these two. The Instamatic introduced me to photography and the Voigtlander taught me the importance of exposure.

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Andreas Levers Captures Surreal Dolomites Landscapes

All images by Andreas Levers. Used under a Creative Commons License. 

In our previous feature article of Andreas Levers, he showcased a series of surreal conceptual images that looked alien and out of this world. Andreas continues with his surreal theme of images, this time capturing breathtaking mountain landscapes of the Dolomites.

The photo series titled “Südtirol” refers to South Tyrol, a northern Italian province which shares the mountain ranges of the Dolomites with two other provinces, Belluno and Trentino. Due to the natural geological limestone structure, the mountainous formation creates undulating peaks with unique features. Hence the Dolomites were declared as a UNESCO World Hermitage Site. Continue reading…

The Secrets for Getting Out of Creative Slumps as a Photographer

Let’s face it: constantly innovating, creating new ideas and coming up with the next “most spectacular image” can be exhausting. We’re all looking for ways to carve out our own space in this giant world of photography without looking like we’re just trying to be different for the sake of being different. It usually happens right after a string of excessive creativity. The pendulum swings. You wake up ready to tackle the day and think up your next amazing idea and boom: your mind is a giant empty canvas…a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

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Fujifilm’s Prime Lens Trinities: Which Is Right For You?

Fujifilm shooters find themselves in an interesting dilemma of late with there now being two clear prime trinity setups that one could choose from. On one hand you have the newer, weather sealed, and smaller F2 variants in 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm. On the other hand, you have the F1.4 23mm and 35mm, and the F/1.2 56mm.

Each trinity has its pros and cons, and each has uses that work better for some niches of photography than others. So today we wanted to look at Fujifilm’s two prime trinities and sort of break them down to share which you should be considering based on what you shoot and what you are looking for from your prime lenses. Continue reading…

The Canon 77D Is for the Amateur Photographer That Doesn’t Think They’re Very Amateur But Not Quite Intermediate Yet

Today, Canon is introducing a few new products that have apparently been terribly kept secrets but also have been making some scratch their heads. To start, the new Canon 77D is supposed to live above the Canon T6s but below the Canon 80D. Why? Well, I’m sure that there’s a good reason if they’re literally creating a new line of camera for it. In some ways, you can imagine it as the two cameras semi-sort of smushed together into one and removing the weather sealing.

But perhaps more exciting is the company’s new Canon T7i or the Canon M6.

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