Size Matters

An aspect of digital photography that I quite dislike is everything is the same size; and now with Instagram, everything is becoming the same square aspect-ratio. How boring and monotonous, every photo being the same size and aspect-ratio. What a loss, the ability to express any additional meaning by the print size. If you go… Continue reading Size Matters

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Bag Review: Synapse 25

My review of the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 backpack. The Synapse is a flexible backpack that works well for local day-to-day use, and is just as great for meetups and longer trips. The backpack is sturdy and strong, the materials are high quality and feels like it can withstand just about any abuse. I brought it as… Continue reading Bag Review: Synapse 25

The Reduction Print

Reduction printing is a method for creating a multi-color print. Compared to using multiple blocks, one for each color; the reduction method uses the same block carving away as you go. This method is also called a Suicide Print, since you carve away each layer, the act of creation is an equal act of destruction.… Continue reading The Reduction Print

MLK Dream Print

As mentioned in my previous post, I've started working on block prints, specifically linoleum cuts, or linocuts for short. Here is a look at the process I used to create the Dream print I published today. It takes a bit more than a photo, all together the print probably took 5+ hours over a week.… Continue reading MLK Dream Print

A New Old Medium

Once a month a parent leads an art lesson for my daughter's first grade class. We trade off who runs the lessons with other parents assisting, in December it was my turn to lead a lesson on print making with foam blocks. During my run through of the lesson at home our results were just… Continue reading A New Old Medium

Fuji-X Film Simulations

One of the great things about using Fujifilm X-Series cameras is the wonderful film simulations, they are also one of the worst things. There are a handful of films each with different highlight, shadow, and color tweaks that can be applied to each. So with the various combination of settings, you can quickly be overwhelmed.… Continue reading Fuji-X Film Simulations

Instagram and Image Size

My most recent series of photos were a set of black and white shots I took from my trip to Barcelona. Reviewing and selecting the photos I use my desktop computer which is a nice bright high resolution 27″ monitor. My typical process is to make several passes through the photos giving stars and filtering… Continue reading Instagram and Image Size

Export direct from Lightroom to WordPress

A new plugin released today adds to Lightroom the ability to export straight to your WordPress Media Library. A handy feature which saves the hassle of exporting to your desktop and then uploading to your site. It works directly with, for a self-hosted site, it requires the Jetpack plug-in. Usage Steps Download Lightroom to… Continue reading Export direct from Lightroom to WordPress

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Tips

Here are a couple of tips for using the Fuji X-Pro2, the tips might apply to your camera even if not the XP2. Hand Grip Base Plate One of my favorite accessories for the X-Pro2 is the metal hand grip, which also comes with a metal base plate. The hand grip improves the handling of… Continue reading Fujifilm X-Pro2 Tips

The Label of Art & Artists

In his book Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon MacKenzie tells the following story when he goes around to schools to teach and what happens when he asks the children “Are you an artist?” When asked to the 1st grade class, they would all enthusiastically raise their hands, proud to be artists. In 2nd grade, only… Continue reading The Label of Art & Artists

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Calculating an Exposure

No light meter? No problem! Announcing, Light WTF, a mobile web app used to calculate your exposure. The site includes a general exposure calculator, as well as specialty calculators for Pinhole Exposures and Moonlight Exposures. Please try them out and let me know any feedback. I find them quite useful when using old manual film… Continue reading Calculating an Exposure

Consistency in Photography

As I was putting together a second set of photos for my El Camino Real series, I noticed lots of minor variances and inconsistencies comparing newer photos with the first set. This highlighted a challenge I, and likely many others, have in photography: maintaining a level of consistency throughout a project as you work on… Continue reading Consistency in Photography

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Bronica ETRSi 645

The Bronica ETRSi 645 is a great budget friendly medium format camera system, a great deal in the film world. The Bronica is a high quality camera and fantastic lenses that can deliver amazing results. It doesn’t have the hype and lore of a Hasselblad, nor the cost, but can almost match it in picture… Continue reading Bronica ETRSi 645

South of Market, Janet Delaney

South of Market is a photography book focusing on a San Francisco neighborhood during a time of urban renewal during the 1970’s and 80’s. This review covers the exhibition catalog that accompanied the de Young exhibit. The original hardcover book is sold out and now quite expensive. Janet Delaney is a photographer who moved to… Continue reading South of Market, Janet Delaney

Manufactured Landscapes, Edward Burtynsky

Manufactured Landscapes is the first major retrospective of Edward Burtynsky’s work, published in 2003. The book is a beautiful collection of several series that he has created, these are Railcuts, Mines and Tailings, Quarries, Urban Mines, Oil Fields and Refineries, and Shipbreaking. Burtynsky creates amazing photos of large scale projects, and landscapes; looking at the… Continue reading Manufactured Landscapes, Edward Burtynsky

Color Film Tests

The results of testing out various film stocks to see what they look like and how they shoot. I tried to shot all photos consistently, all taken with Nikon F6 camera with auto exposure and matrix-metering, no exposure compensation. The majority are shot with Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, though I might of used a 50mm… Continue reading Color Film Tests

The Tripod Ballhead and Mirrorless Camera

The oft given benefit of mirrorless cameras like my Fuji X-T1 is the size and weight of the camera. It delivers great performance and image quality while being much smaller and lighter, so you are more likely to carry it around and no neck pain. Additionally, with a smaller camera the entire system and support accessories can… Continue reading The Tripod Ballhead and Mirrorless Camera

Photography Fundamentals

Getting into photography can be intimidating with all the jargon and technical terms. Your camera itself is pretty intimidating with the dials, menus and buttons galore. This guide is to explain some of the fundamentals and help improve your photography. Photography: Light and Time Photography is all about recording light, which is exactly the definition… Continue reading Photography Fundamentals

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