Has Digital Technology Ruined Black and White Photography?

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This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. All images and text from Horatio Tan. Used with permission.

There was a time when all photographers shot black and white film. For the most part, the decision to shoot in black and white had very little to do with choice or preference for black and white photographs. In most cases, it was because black and white film was more convenient to develop, when compared to color film. And in case you’ve forgotten what develop means, it’s not when you drop off your film at the local photo-mat. It means going to the darkroom and developing it yourself.

It was in developing film and printing images that separated real photographers from those who just took photographs. Whereas the latter group had no control in optimizing the look of the images (after it was developed and printed at a photo-mat), the former had complete control limited only by the scope of his ability in the darkroom.

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Awesome Comparison: Bokeh Shootout between Leica, Canon, and Nikon 50-58mm Primes

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This is a syndicated post originally published over at Street Silhouettes. Prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally by Horatio Tan.

In retrospect, I really should have conducted this comparison on another day, given that I had been awake that day since 3:00AM Hong Kong Standard Time, and was conducting this shootout after work from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Something was going to give, and in this case, it was a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 that I had I accidentally replaced with a Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor – essentially repeating the result of the Noct-Nikkor lens. Hey, you can’t blame me. Those AIs Nikon lenses all look the same, especially when you’re sleep deprived. Needless to say, I will do a second day of shooting.

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Five Camera Bags for the Discerning Film Photographer

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If you’re a film photographer, then chances are that you’re very particular about your camera bags. You probably don’t need to tote along a laptop with you but you need film, a camera or two, lenses, filters, flashes, light meters, etc. You surely do need different things and often in a smaller package.

So after going through our archives, we found a few bags that you’re bound to really like.

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Bonus Crazy Comparisons: Bokeh between Fast Leica Primes, Current and Vintage

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This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. All images by Horatio Tan. Used with permission.

In order to give something back to my readers, I intend to post these crazy comparisons that may not otherwise be published on other sites, given the availability of the equipment, or the availability of some of my intended combinations. These comparison will not likely be useful for many, but all the same, entertaining, especially if you are a photographer… well… I suppose you’ve got to be a photographer, to some extent, to even visit my site… ha ha!

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How to Become a Legitimate, World Renowned Street Photographer

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Street photography is pretty much as simple as going out and shooting photos of people in public–but there are the street photographers that do it better than everyone else and then there are those who do a lot of marketing. Indeed, there are terrible photographers with lots of gigs and sales and conversely there are photographers with great work and no gigs or sales. But the world of the Street photographer is different.

It gets even tougher when it comes to street photography for the reasons that your income will mostly rely on licensing and print sales from galleries. So how do you ensure you’ve got the work that counts? Here’s how!

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The Best Point and Shoot Cameras of 2016 for Street Photography

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Fact: you probably shouldn’t be carrying around an interchangeable lens camera to shoot street photography. Truthfully, you don’t really need to. What street photographers need to capture candid slices of life are small, inconspicuous cameras. Surely, a photographer can use a big camera and not be caught–but it’s tough to argue that smaller and more low profile cameras don’t naturally get away with more. Further, you don’t often need more than a single lens.

Want to get out there and document the human condition? Check out these fan favorite cameras.

Editor’s Note: when talking about street photography, we’re also including the genre of urban geometry.

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This Leica M7 Titanium Edition Kit Will Cost You Almost $200,000

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As if the rare Leica we reported on yesterday wasn’t enough, there’s currently an even more expensive deal going on right now for a rare Leica M7 Titanium edition three lens kit with the box. The price: so far it’s at $199,500.

Yes, you can have this very rare set rendered in titanium and introduced in 2004. In fact, according to the post, only 50 pieces were ever created. Not only are you getting the M7 though, you’re also scoring a 28mm f2, 50mm f1.4 and 90mm f2 lens. All of these are very highly regarded amongst the Leica community–and though you may probably not want to or care about using them at this price point, the set is pretty pricy.

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For $45,000 This Unopened Box With a Rare Leica Camera is Yours

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You’ve all known that Leica cameras are pretty expensive, but according to the seller of this rare leica found by Boing Boing, you don’t know how expensive. This story’s lead image is of an unopened box and an X-ray of the Leica camera inside it. This camera isn’t just any Leica though, it’s of a rare Leica KE-7A which is kind of like a super toughened Leica M4 designed for use by the US Military.

There are no details as to who owned this camera or how the seller even got a hold of it, but it’s quite a fascinating story to be able to know that something like this still exists and that you (if you’ve got the dough) can be the first one to open it.

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