Darkroomist Photographic culture of the analog variety from the fresh coast.

31Aug/150

Lens Distortion and You

Lens distortion isn’t a topic surrounded by excitement but it is something to be aware of when choosing your equipment and composing images. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ll still probably recognize at least one type of lens distortion. Heck it’s even boasted as a feature in some lenses! The most common and […]

24Aug/150

Darkroom DIY Panoramic Negative Carrier

I first ran into this problem when I was shooting with the 35mm pano back on my Bronica SQa. I figured it’s the same length as a 6×6 fame, just a different height. I found extremely difficult to print 35mm panoramic (24mmx55mm) negatives in a 6×6 negative carrier. The reason why is coming up in […]

17Aug/151

Olympus XA contact sheet

This roll has gotten around! It’s one of the interesting things about film photography. Rolls can sit, and sit, in a camera, waiting to be finished. I have a couple compact 35mm cameras including a couple Konica Big Minis, some promo cameras and this Olympus XA. This roll in particular has been to Muskegon, Mi, […]

13Aug/150

.45cal Pinup

From my first pinup shoot. Shot most of it on Efke KB100 because it was cheaper and hadn’t changed since the 40’s. I figured it’d be great stock for a mid-century themed shoot. I still have a few rolls floating around. I was shooting with two cameras at the time. One was a Canon A-1, […]

10Aug/153

How to use a print scale.

A print scale, sometimes also called a step wedge, is a darkroom tool that can make your workflow more consistent and efficient. A step wedge is functionally similar to a print scale but has a slightly different purpose. Normally to determine the proper exposure of a print you make a test print. This is done […]

7Aug/150

Koni-Omega Contact Sheet

Whoo it worked, some years ago I ran into a problem with my Koni-Omega 6×7 medium format camera. It was a nasty light leak that looked horrible. I think I figured it out, which will be its own post coming up. For now I’m just happy the contact sheet looks good. I shot this on […]

3Aug/150

Funky Medium Format Film Photography Tip

The web is full of photography tips film or digital. One of the things people really seem to dig are film tips that use non-photography items. Sometimes you see this posed as questions like: “What’s the most unusual thing in your camera bag?” Other times it’s almost the whole DIY Photography genre from lighting to […]