Canon EPOCA 135



Here we have the Canon EPOCA 135. A 35mm camera that was so revolutionary at the time, so bizarre, it won a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art. Designed to be a one-handed super zoom it’s a 38-135mm point and shoot. The built in zooming flash isn’t half bad. Another interesting feature is the selectable waist level finder. Shooting with this camera onlookers will ask you variants of “Is that a video camera?” No. It’s the film camera design camcorders copied. read more

Glamor posing on a bed with Scott Church

Posing women to look their best is a skill and one that Scott Church has developed thoroughly. In this video Church takes the viewer through some great examples of glamor posing using a bed as a setting. He goes through several solid poses that are easy to transition between. In just a few minutes you can consistently get some great, solid shots. These poses are directly applicable to pinup photography. All you would need to do is put in read more

The Armatar 100



Here is the pride and joy of my location lighting kit. It’s an Armatar 100.

Back in the 1980s a TV repairman in New Jersey I believe churned these out (Joseph Armato IIRC). It’s essentially a Vivitar 283 with a bare bulb added, the stock battery and flashbulb compartments stuffed with extra capacitors (more power!), the stock base removed and replaced with a HH sync connector and a metal cold shoe with 1/4 20 threads in it.

On this one you can see I replaced the stock (surprisingly read more

Photostock 2015 Earlybird Registration Open!

If you live anywhere near one of the Great Lakes and you shoot film, this is THE annual event to be at! Produced by Bill Schwab, it is truly phenomenal. It’s reasonable to expect around 100 attendees most of whom shoot and print film photography. There is also a high concentration of alt process photographers doing wet plate photography (there are also platinum/palladium printers, gum over bichromate, and others). read more

Some good ideas from Lightstalking on Street Photography

Lightstalking has some good tips for people considering street photography. Street photography is taking pictures of people as they go about their daily lives generally in an urban environment. Street photography is usually not, or sometimes minimally posed. One name strikingly absent from the article is Vivian Maier. The Posthumous discovery of her extensive work made her a big name in American street photography almost read more

Rollei up for auction.

The factory that made Rollei’s venerable twin lens reflex and SLR cameras is up for auction. The article notes that, while the company name may live on like Polaroid’s has, this is most likely the end of the line for a great name in camera manufacturing. I’m lucky enough to have one of their cameras a 1960s T3 F3.5. It was my grandfather’s. Though the article doesn’t mention it, Rollei also made (or at least distributed) film. If I had to venture a guess I’d read more

Digital Cameras Are Creating Impotent Photographers

I could write pages about this but the kernel of my quasi disagreement resides in the statement “Photography is art.” No. Photography can be art, but not everyone uses it for that purpose. “Yay!” acceptable photography is easier for everyone, “Boo!” that there is more chaff to separate the wheat from.

Digital Cameras Are Creating Impotent Photographers

To dig into this a little more, the digital photography revolution has enabled photographers to learn more faster read more