Silver Gelatin Photography: The Medium That Changed the World

Article by Ellis Vener. Lead image by Mary Bailey Thomas. This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image.

The invention of silver gelatin based photography as a ready made media changed the world as profoundly as the printing press, the cotton gin, the steel plow, the Wright Brother’s first airplane, the first controlled atomic chain reaction, and the personal computer. It changed the world by making photography both portable and widely accessible. No longer did photographers have to manufacture their negatives immediately before exposure and likewise when they went to print those negatives. The invention of shelf-stable photographic media transformed photography from a tool with rigid technical constraints   tool used by only those who went to great lengths to use it and made it a medium for the masses. Silver gelatin media launched photography’s classical period by allowing freely roaming photographers to go out into the world, transforming our knowledge of it. As a tool of creativity, it allowed photography to take its rightful place as a powerful, expressive art form, helping usher in the era of Modern Art and what has come since.

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This Quick Tip Will Give You Finer Control Over Slider Adjustments in Lightroom

Sometimes it can be a pain to use the sliders in Lightroom to get a precise value; this tip will make that easier!

I think we have all been there at one point or another in Lightroom; you are working with one of the sliders and you keep moving it to the left and to the right in order try and narrow down to the point you like best. It can often feel like a very hit or miss process, where it can take longer than it should because you are constantly having to spend more time fine-tuning your slide, instead of simply moving the slider and being done with it.

But what if we told you there was a way to get a finer level of control over that slider, which could, in theory, make finding that goldie-lox spot on the slider a faster process? Well, get ready to be told… Continue reading…

First Impressions: Fujifilm X-H1 (The New Flagship)

Fujifilm isn’t messing around; The X-H1 looks like a beast on paper… but how is it in person? Let’s find out.

On Thursday, Fujifilm launched their new flagship X-Series camera, the X-H1. To put it simply this is more than just the new kid on the block. This camera has some serious features and usability improvements over the previous X-Series cameras that will no doubt make the Fujifilm ecosystem even more attractive to both photographers AND videographers. We were invited out to LA for the Fujifilm X-H1 launch event, and as a part of the evening we were able to get our hands on the X-H1 for some initial impressions before we get our actual review unit sometime in the next week or two. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: That GH4 Is An Absolute STEAL Right Now!

The Panasonic GH4 is still a very capable camera for both photo and video

The GH4, while technically now two camera’s back from Panasonic’s top of the line offerings, is still an incredibly powerful and capable camera that most people (except the most demanding) could really get some great use out of still – especially you video/stills hybrid shooters. Thanks to newer Panasonic announcements it is now available for a great price.

Interested? Have a look via the links below:

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How to Achieve Multiple Portrait Lighting Effects With One Flash Unit

Here’s a simple portrait lighting setup you can experiment with for your next shoot.

Having a detailed or extensive portrait lighting can be easily achieved in the studio. But, what if you’re shooting on a budget or can’t bring all your equipment when shooting on location? Pennsylvania photographer Michael Henderson comes to the rescue with a portrait lighting hack: how to achieve the look of three lights with just a single flash unit.

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Film Photography Project Introduces New Line of Hand-Rolled Films

Film Photography Project’s new line of hand-rolled 35mm films are for black and white lovers.

In a fitting gesture of love for film photography, the Film Photography Project has launched a new line of hand-rolled 35mm black and white films. Learning that there are more rare emulsions for us to try is just the stuff that film lovers and ardent monochrome fans needed on this occasion.

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Five Quick Tips for Easier and Better Street Photography

No need to struggle in street photography with these simple tips.

Whether you’re new to street photography or someone who is far along in the craft, there’s always something you can do to make your shooting experience easier. London-based Haris Finazzi has recently shared with us a handful of tips he believes would make for easier and more immersive street photography.

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