If you’ve ever had a serious conversation with me about cameras, gears, and how to choose what camera and lens to run with, you’ve probably heard me speak on the Three Lens kit, but recently I got to thinking, what about other lens kits? Could I go on a trip with maybe a two lens, or even a one lens kit? I’ve spent many years with a fantastic set of prime lenses which have always formed the core of any lens kit I bring with me, but what about going with some more zooms, reducing the number of lenses to bring along. So today, I’mRead More →

Strangely enough, I caught the idea for today’s post by reading an article in the most recent edition of the Canadian Firearms Journal (May/June 2018). The article of course written about guns, this post is about cameras, though you do shoot with both. There is wisdom in the article, that can be applied to the traditional camera community. The article opens with a story, the author, Tyson Somerville, and a friend is out shooting, while Tyson’s gun is a well cared for, the gun being used by his friend is in rough shape. So as I sat in a local coffee shop waiting for aRead More →

That old film camera sitting up in your father’s closet, or in your grandfather’s dresser won’t make you a better photographer. It’s like a gas range won’t make you a better chef or a fountain pen improving your handwriting. These are things; a thing cannot make you better than you already are. In fact, they might even exacerbate the mistakes you make. Sure, using these might help you eventually, but there’s only one thing that will make you a better photographer, yourself. I’ve seen of late and even posted articles about these photographers who laud the film camera and how by only picking it upRead More →

No, I’m not talking about real gas, but rather G.A.S, or Gear Acquisition Syndrom. It’s a common problem among many hobbies, but for the most part, it affects photographers, that is photographers who use film based cameras. These days shooting film is pretty sweet, there’s a huge used market where many cameras once thought to be out of reach of even beginner photographers are now easily purchased. When I got my first Nikon, the F80, it was the F5 I wanted, and now I got one for under a thousand, and a Hasselblad for 500. But herein lies the problem, we often find ourselves surroundedRead More →

Most every photographer I know has done some sort of project, I’ve done a good three projects myself. Some over the course of a single year others have lasted several years to see completion. As with any project some will succeed, others will fail. Hopefully I can give some good suggestions to help your photography project succeed by drawing on my own successes and how I went about them. 1. Keep It Interesting Just like anything, you’ll find you do your best work when you focus on something that you’re interested in. If you have no interest in photographing portraits, or doing street photography, there’sRead More →

Even though I’ve been photographing for several years now, I’m still amazing at the power of a photograph, or a series of them, or a whole body of work. But how about only 11 images? A few people may have heard of these 11, or as they’re called as a whole “The Magnificent Eleven” these 11 frames were shot by Robert Capa during the D-Day landings. Capa was attached to the 16th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. He accompanied them while they stormed Omaha beach. Capa shot the whole landing with two Contax II cameras, both with 50mm lenses, and four rolls of film.Read More →

Often I will use this blog as a forum for my own photography, but today, today is special as I will feature the photos of others. Today is June 6th, and what sets today out from the other days in this case. Because on June 6th, 1944 saw the start of the end, today is D-Day. Europe was a fortress at this point, the Nazi regieme had rolled over the entire place annexing and occupying territories, and terrorizing the world. But 6:30am, June 6th, 1944 saw the start of the end, Operation Overlord was the hammer that would smash open Fortress Europe. So today, IRead More →

Nov 11th, 1918, the 11th hour the Armistice with German ended the Great War, the war many today know as World War One. Today we use the day to remember the brave men and women who fought in all conflicts both past and present, and hope for the day when war is no longer needed to work out our differences. Until that day I will continue to remember them. So today I will give you two photos and two stories. Tales of two men, branded hereos by their respective nations and awarded the highest honour for their action. If any of you have watched theRead More →

Two guys in New Jersey. They’re really the ones to blame for this obsession, this obsession with instant photography. You might know it better as Polaroid. Now I had already tried out Polaroid a couple years back but never really interested me, and of course, the news that Polaroid has gone belly up, and was no longer producing the film. As millions of cameras suddenly became useless. I never gave it a second thought. It was shortly after listening to some of the early episodes of the Film Photography Podcast that I learned about a group called Impossible. This company had purchased from Polaroid theRead More →