Thursday, February 26, 2009

keep it real

I love shooting portraits with the view camera, one is forced to think and consider what you want to say about your sitter and what your sitter is saying about themselves, the very deliberate and total lack of spontaneity will produce a very compelling portrait.

Deardorff 8X10 view camera, Ilford FP4 film, contact print

Thursday, February 19, 2009

be you

So many photographers are consumed with their branding and being unique etc. Here is a profound quote from Beth "Be content with your individuality, no one can copy that"
The Brand Called You.

Nikon F3, 105mm, 2.5 lens, Tri-X, Ilford multigrade, bleach bath after development.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Get in Close

I love getting in close for my beauty shots and portraits.

Nikon F3, 105, 2.5, Tri-X, Ilford Multigrade FB + bleach bath

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I love shooting medium format, especially for my more studied portraits, all the wonderful things I love about film are magnified with the larger negative.

The picture above was shot with my Rolleiflex twin lens camera, this camera, apart from having the legendary, Ziess Plannar 2.8 lens is very smooth and easy to operate, just like a rangefinder there is no mirror so it can be hand held at quite slow shutter speeds and is virtually silent in operation. Other great TLR alternatives to the Rolleiflex are Mamyia c220 and c330 and the Yashica's.
The Rolleiflex's can be a little pricey but the other can be had for a song.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sold all your film cameras, never owned a film camera? Check out KEH in Atlanta, they are 100%. Their rating system is extremely conservative and a fraction of the original cost, I recently bought a bargain graded Mamiya camera and lens that looked and operated like brand new.

This shot was taken with my awesome Deardorff 4x5 field camera with Nikkor lenses, which I traded several years ago, oh well. Film was 4X5 Ilford FP4, and printed on Agfa Portriga paper.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

keep playing...

Nikon F3, 105mm lens, Tri-x

Experiment with different types and makes of film, each film has it's own unique qualities, contrast, grain structure and color palette etc.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Nikon F100, 80-200 lens, Tri-x

When shooting advertising / editorial jobs I always get what the client wants and what they're expecting me to deliver. I then play, pushing the envelope a little, invariably the client chooses those shots.
Try the same thing at your next wedding or portrait session.

slow down

Rolleiflex, TLR lit by my van's headlights, Old Salem

Shooting film forces you to slow down and think about your shot, thoughtfully composing, seeing your light and nailing exposure.