Dress Up Your Space with These Beautiful Wood Prints from WhiteWall

Images from WhiteWall Online Photo Lab

The award-winning WhiteWall Online Photo Lab has recently included a Direct Print On Wood service to its growing product portfolio, offering another unique way for photographers to display their prized photos. While we’re all fond of sharing our photos online, there’s still no better way to showcase and admire our own work than having them on print or on display. If you fancy putting your photos on display in a more eye-catching way, using vintage frames has become a popular option. Or, you can simply get wood prints — yes, you can have photos printed directly on wood for a nature-inspired and rustic look. The Berlin-based company has also been known for printing on other materials and formats such as acrylic glass, metal, and canvas, making this new product an interesting addition to the list.

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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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Review: Cokin RIVIERA Classic Tripod

One of the biggest problems the photography industry has faced is selling tripods. In fact, it seems that with both lens and sensor based image stabilization seeming to work together, some may argue that you may not need a tripod. And indeed, for many photographers out there, you probably don’t need a tripod for your work. Landscape photographers and long exposure shooters will more than likely always need it. But the rest…

Maybe that’s why Cokin developed the Cokin RIVIERA Classic. You see, this isn’t a standard run of the mill tripod. Indeed, it isn’t a tripod you need per se, but it surely is a tripod you’ll want.

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The Cokin RIVIERA Classic Emulates the Look and Feel of Vintage Tripods

It’s been years and years since we’ve seen any true major innovation in tripods. But Cokin is doing it: the Cokin Riviera is a tripod designed to look, feel and function like vintage tripods. We’re not talking 1970s: but try 1800s. With that said, it incorporates wood and leather into the design.

True to the classic vintage design, Cokin is incorporating wooden knobs, metal dials, and is overall meant to work in conjunction with lots of the vintage/retro designed cameras of today. The wood is Ikoro and the handle (which is made from said wood) is crafted in France. The wood joins knurled aluminum and brushed aluminum for the design and leather to create the tripod. All of these go into the head, which Cokin describes as multi-action with a 360° plate

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Three Modern Pinhole Cameras That Aren’t a Beer Can

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Pinhole photography is one of the earliest forms of the art and involves being truly creative about looking at scenes. It often involves an extremely narrow aperture of f162 or even narrower along with a long exposure time to capture what’s in the frame. Depth of field is determined by using composition techniques and often the cameras don’t have a lens or focusing of any sort.

Many folks tend to DIY their own pinhole cameras using things like beer cans and much more. But if you’re not the type of tinker around with tools then here are three pinhole cameras that are very worthy of note.

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These Guys Want to Make 4×5 Cameras Affordable

The Affordable 4x5 camera

The larger the format is that you’re working with, the more time it will surely take you to get a single image due to all the work that goes into it. And while large format cameras can be expensive, a duo from Europe are Kickstarting a more affordable camera. It’s called the Intrepid 4×5 camera, and it promises to be a light weight camera made from birch ply wood.

The Intrepid will take 75-300mm lens boards, has ground glass for focusing, comes with a choice of bellows colors, and folds down into a very compact size. With it being made from plywood though, I’d personally want it to be finished with a sealant of some sort to prevent moisture from affecting it too much in the long run. For the 125 Euro that they’re apparently charging for the camera though, we can’t really expect much.

It will take standard film cases for the image loading: which means that you can enjoy many of the offerings from Fujifilm, Kodak and Ilford still available for the format.

The intro video is after the jump, but be sure to head over to their Kickstarter page too to see the different rewards offered.

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These 6×14 DIY Cameras Are a Landscape Shooter’s Dream

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All images by Lee Lira. Used with permission.

Photographer Lee Lira is a Melbourne based creative that decided to get more involved with his photographic hobby. He became so obsessed that he decided to create a pair of 6×14 cameras. They’ve been coined the F.A.C.MKI & MKII. By today’s standards, this is a wide format size that delivers a gigantic image. So when Lee emailed us to share his creations, we decided to ask him to tell us more about them.

Here’s what he had to say.

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J.B. Camera Designs Has a New Grip for the Olympus OMD EM1

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We don’t know about you, but this new grip for the OMD EM1 from JB Camera Designs has us wanting to cuddle with our cameras. The company has created many other grips for other cameras such as the EM5. Sometimes they’re even made from quality wood. JB’s new grip is designed for folks with larger paws but that don’t necessarily need a vertical grip of some sort. The Grip-Base adds 0.5 inches to the base and 2.2 ounces the weight of the camera.

This grip isn’t made from wood, but instead the company is stating that, “each part is hand poured and hand finished and made in the USA.”

Want one? You’ll need to drop $46.95 on Amazon. The OMD EM1 is the winner of our Editor’s Choice award here on the site.

ONDU Aims to Make Pinhole Cameras From Wood That Will Last

Pinhole cameras are being made by loads of manufacturers, but a new Kickstarter called Ondu is trying to not only pitch them as cool with its classy music in the video, but also trying to create something that will last. They’re stating that the cameras are made from wood local to Slovenia and that there are oils that area rubbed on to promote longevity. The video also shows the process of making the cameras which also involves the use of strong magnets. Magnets are used to close the back cover to keep the film inside and from being accidentally exposed, and they are also used in the winders. The only screw on the cameras is for the shutter: to open and close the pinhole.

The cameras are going to come in 35mm formats and up to 4×5–the latter is often what delivers some of the best pinhole images. The company is looking to source $10,000 to pay for equipment, resources, and pinholes that need to be purchased in bulk to make them financially reasonable. And we believe that they might just do it.

We’ve covered pinhole cameras a lot here, and we love a couple of projects such as a camera with 25 pinholes, a shoebox camera, a spam can, and this exposure shot for a couple of months. This Kickstarter we’re very positive will reach its funding needs soon.

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JB Camera Designs’ New Wood Grips for the Sony RX1 and Fujifilm X100s May Give You Wood

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JB Camera designs has been designing grips for a short time now, and the company’s most recent additions are lip-bitingly beautiful. They’re announcing a 1.3 oz wood grip for the Sony RX1 and one for the Fujifilm X100s as well. These ergonomic enhancements are crafted from Peruvian Walnut that has been hand sand and finished then multiple layers of a hand rubbed sealer are added to protect the wood. Over time, they’re saying that it will develop a distressed look.

The grips also sport a slight ‘bumper’ edge that extends around the sides of the camera help protects it from accidental bumps and scratches to the LCD if placed on its back. Admitedly though, we’re not sure how that may work out in terms of real life use. however, they insist that the curvature of the front grip was designed to allow the third and fourth fingers to lock on to a firm comfortable grip. On the bottom is an access port for your battery and SD card if needed. It connects to the camera via the tripod socket.

All of the products are made in the US. And the RX1 grip and X100s grip are available on Amazon for $79.95 at the according links. Also be sure to check out our review of the grip for the OMD EM5.

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