Darkroomist

.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, 50mm/1.8 and a 100mm/2.9. I think I had a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Zoom too. The other was an EOS 650 with 50mm/1.8, and a 80-200 zoom. Also have a couple holga Pics from this shoot. read more

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 after you frame, focus, stop down the enlarger lens, and turn off the not-safe lights. You’d then get a piece of light sensitive paper and a board. You’d set the timer for 1 read more

Koni-Omega Contact Sheet

Whoo it worked, some years ago I ran into a problem with my Koni-Omega Rapid 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 a little photowalk around Saginaw just before a big storm with a 58mm F5.6 lens. Shot sort of as a test shoot. My iphone light meter read more

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 building your own camera.

Well here’s an off the wall tip using a very non-photography related item: a Scrunchi!

Some medium format cameras have interchangeable read more

Got my last printed FreeStyle catalog.


W00t! I got mine. It’s and end of one era as we transition to more and more e-commerce. I enjoyed the ride and FreeStyle’s catalogs. I can understand why we are where we are today and no doubt Freestyle will remain my go-to company for all things analog photography.

Tap and Dye film shooter's patch

Kickass new patch from Tap & Dye

Just got in a new film photography related patch from Tap & Dye. It’s super cool and reminds me of Motorcycle Club artwork. I mean, it’s got a skull, lightning bolts, script fonts, we’re talkin’ bad ass here! 3″ diameter circle with an iron on backing make it easy to flaunt.

The only catch is that it was $12.75 to my door. The price might not be for everyone, but then again, neither is looking this good!


Tweet this bomb ass patch! read more

filed negatives

How to keep your negatives organized.

I was talking with a fellow film photographer one time and the subject of maintaining a growing base of work in terms of negatives came up. I told him what I do and he said “Wow, you’re really organized! I should do that.” I thought this was a little odd because most people wouldn’t describe me as organized. I decided years ago, sifting through boxes of prints from labs for that one frame I wanted to print that there had to be a better way. I developed a system of archiving read more