Exploring Hawaii with Film
Aug13

Exploring Hawaii with Film

Hawaii was the first trip I’ve done while shooting exclusively on film, and I loved it. I like film because of it’s simplicity and because it makes me think. Shooting film is like playing a game of chess or playing a musical instrument: anybody can learn the basics, but dig deeper and it becomes as complex as you choose to make it. Film is easy; anybody can shoot film. But there are subtleties and complexities which make...

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Photo Essay: Getting away from it all in Hawaii
Aug07

Photo Essay: Getting away from it all in Hawaii

I’ve done some pretty crazy trips recently, but I still love getting away from it all. Aloha, Hawaii.       I finally managed to get some time off in late July. With memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit still fresh in my mind, I spent much of the month racking my brain eagerly planning another grand adventure. Late nights and countless hours of internet searching yielded few results, and I eventually...

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7 biggest mistakes new and amateur photographers make
Jul27

7 biggest mistakes new and amateur photographers make

Thinking you need to use manual mode all the time If your subject matter sucks, it sucks regardless of how much effort you put into shooting in manual mode. Sorry. Auto is smarter than you are. It knows what kind of aperture/iso/shutter speed you need to take the picture. Don’t worry about it. Point your camera at something interesting and press the button, even if you’re in “dreaded” AUTO. That includes...

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Mamiya lens comparison: 80mm f1.9 vs 80mm f2.8
Jul10

Mamiya lens comparison: 80mm f1.9 vs 80mm f2.8

A normal lens Normal lenses free the photographer from the complexity and distraction of zoom lenses. When I walk around with a normal lens on my camera, I see things in an everyday kind of way. My photographic vision moves from “???, wtf do I take a picture of?” to one of clarity, seeing exactly what I can capture with the normal lens. While you might be able to photograph more with a zoom lens, you can see more when you...

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Shooting Medium Format Film
Jul09

Shooting Medium Format Film

It’s nearly the size of a cinder block and it weighs about as much, and it eats film at the rate of 15 shots a roll. It’s a Mamiya 645 1000s medium format film camera, and it’s the perfect compromise between 35mm’s portability and large format quality. And if you’re not a film shooter, none of that makes much sense yet. Let’s talk.     Quality. [...what is quality?] Here’s what...

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You Don’t Need a New Camera
Jun13

You Don’t Need a New Camera

I totally get it. You’ve saved some serious cash for your next big international trip, and you want to take pictures of it all. That means you need a new camera, right? Er, probably not. Digital photography is mature, just as it has been for the last 8 years when the 10 megapixel barrier was broken at the consumer level. This is great news for everyone who takes pictures. And it’s actually not so bad for the camera...

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