While we mostly focus on cameras on our podcast, with the weather reports speaking to a classic Canadian winter it might be time for the whole gang to settle into some solid printing time in the darkroom. So to get us and you ready the gang speaks on everything darkroom that’ll have you seeing red (under your safelight). Enlargers, chemicals, papers and more. Sorry, no detailed episode notes for this show. But here are some of the items discussed. Durst M601 – A solid enlarger that has a built-in film carrier with adjustable masks that work great for 35mm up to 6×6. Leitz V35AF –Read More →

Established in 2013 by MainStreetHost and taken on by Alex Luyckx Photography in 2015, #photochat is a community of photography professionals and enthusiasts who congregate to talk shop and discuss anything and everything photography. To participate in our weekly chat (every Thursday at 1:00pm ET) search the #photochat hashtag to see the conversation, or find me at @AlexLuyckxPhoto on Twitter for more info. Be sure to include the hashtag in your tweets to answer the questions and talk with the other participants. If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered in #photochat, hop onto Facebook, Twitter, or good old fashioned Email and let meRead More →

It’s April so we’re going to give the often detracted APS or Advanced Photo System some love because frankly the cameras used with it are pretty darn cool and for the most part the system was pretty innovative for the time. But it was too little too late, with consumer grade digital cameras on the horizon and stores and labs not willing or being forced to upgrade their equipment the format died fairly quickly. Today you can get the cameras for a song, but the film is either cold stored or worse stored. The format was developed by the major camera manufactures and film manufacturesRead More →

Many people like to ‘think outside the box’ but here we are thinking inside the box and we’re looking at Box Cameras this episode! Box cameras trace themselves back all the way to the original Kodak Camera in the late 19th century, this 100 shot pre-loaded camera would be sold, then once you’ve taken your 100 photos returning it to Rochester, and then returned with another 100 shots loaded and the 100 shots printed for your enjoyment! While we don’t have anything quite so old this time around, there are some great cameras on the table for the episode! The Cameras The Following cameras wereRead More →

Print Your Work. Seriously, it’s an important step for the photographer to go that extra step and these days with computers so prevalant photos are being left to view on a screen. And I know, I do it often also, but I’m making a point in 2015 to print more, either digitally on an inkjet or traditionally in the darkroom. But it makes such a difference to be able to hold your prints and look at them. I love looking at a well made darkroom print, to see the texture and tone that comes out of them, and appreciate the time the photographer took toRead More →

This is what it’s all been leading up to. A print, there’s something unique about holding a print in your hand, looking down at the patterns of light and shadow being brought out in blacks, whites, and grays, it’s magic. Well actually its science, the perfect blend of art and science. Creating the print is a rather neat process from start to end and when you sit down and think about the sheer amount of control you have over the whole process is fantastic. You get to pick the camera (and in some cases the lens), film stock. Then you can meter it the wayRead More →