In depth explanation of how film works from the 1940 Society of Cinematographers

Film photography: HiFi or LoFi?

Which is your shooting style?

In the middle of the 20th century major advancements were made in the ability to record and playback audio, from vinyl LPs, to reel-to-reel tape, to FM radio and better amplifier design. Collectively this better sounding audio was marketed as High Fidelity or HiFi (which is also the nickname that wifi is a spin off of).

By the time I came along in the mid 1970s pretty much everything was HiFi. In the 1990s cassette based 4-track studio-in-a-box type of devices read more

Saginaw Potter Street Station

Potter Street Station Panoramic


Officially named the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad East Saginaw Depot most locals call it the Potter Street Station or just the train depot. Built in 1881, this structure was designed by the architectural genius Bradford Lee Gilbert. That’s not tongue in cheek, the man boasted a phenomenal career that included the first sky scraper in New York City, the first expansion of Grand Central Station, the first flat iron building in the country in Atlanta, and numerous train stations read more

Tokina AT-X 80-200mm/2.8

The Tokina 80-200/2.8 AT-X SD



Here’s my Tokina 80-200/2.8 AT-X SD. I got this lens used from keh.com some years ago. I was shooting weddings and everyone was raving about how you needed a 70-210/2.8 lens. I shoot Canon cameras and that lens sells for north of $1k and I simply couldn’t afford it. There is a Canon 80-200/2.8L that was fetching $800-ish at the time that I was seriously considering. Then I checked third party lens section on keh’s site and stumbled across this wonderful gem.

If you know Tokina read more

1974 BBC Documentary on the Gandolfi family and their hand made cameras

A fun video on the art and craftsmanship of handmade, large format cameras.

Book: Elmer Batters, From the tip of the toes to the top of the hose.



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Elmer Batters: from the tip of the toes to the top of the hose. When I first read the title of this book I thought “awesome, I love thigh highs!” A lot of my pinup work revolves around retro or vintage lingerie and thigh highs are an essential part of that. Heck I’ve seen pinups of a woman wearing a bathing suit with thigh highs, which is seriously pushing the idea that they go with everything, but if you can’t do that with pinup where can you read more

The Vivitar Series 1 Solid Catadioptric (Solid Cat)



Here we have the Vivitar Series 1 600mm/8 solid catadioptric lens. This was one heck of a find (and a steal) I made years ago. This is hands down *the best* mirror lens ever mass produced for the photography market and contends for the best camera lens made in the USA (With Kodak’s Aero-Ektar IMHO). It was made by Perkin Elmer a sciences and telescope optics company for Vivitar. Most mirror lenses have significant space between the catadioptric elements. This one has none, it is one element. read more