It Takes Guts To Use This Camera
Aug01

It Takes Guts To Use This Camera

By Arthur H. Bleich– In the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage, a team of scientists and their submarine are reduced to microscopic size and inserted into the bloodstream of a colleague to remove a blood clot in his brain; a procedure too risky to do surgically. Science fiction? Of course­– but a thriller all the same. By 2001, scientists have shrunk a digital camera, lights and a radio transmitter to fit into a vitamin-pill-sized capsule...

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The Appeal of Black & White Photography
Jul20

The Appeal of Black & White Photography

By Michael Freeman– There is now a significant and growing reverse flow in photography, towards the new black and white. It’s new because it’s created from colour with processing software that makes the experience a delight, which means that you don’t even need to decide at the start that it’s a black-and-white image you’re after. You can even trawl your archives with a reconsiderate eye and look for images that might work more...

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Digital Photography– Where Next?
May20

Digital Photography– Where Next?

By Chris Gatcum– You only have to look at what’s happened to photography in the 21st Century to see how rapidly the technology that underpins it is moving: in the year 2000, full-frame cameras were a mere suggestion; a digital SLR costing less than $1,000 was a dream; and CSCs [Compact System Cameras], sophisticated camera phones, and high-resolution digital video were simply unimaginable. Yet today all of these things—and more—are...

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Three Photography Book Gems For Under $10 !
Dec12

Three Photography Book Gems For Under $10 !

by Arthur H. Bleich– Now that we’re into the holiday season, I’d like to recommend three photography books that are stand-outs and would make great gifts or be worthy additions to your library. All are currently available at Amazon in used (but mostly like-new) condition at about $10 or less. Some are going for as little as a penny which makes them an excellent bargain. Here they are: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs by...

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The History of Photography in 5 Minutes
Feb16

The History of Photography in 5 Minutes

I came across a gem of a video the other day and thought I’d share it with you. But to digress a bit, its title brought back some great memories of Don Novello, a comedian whose character, Father Guido Sarducci, made millions of viewers laugh in the late 70s and early 80s when he appeared on Saturday Night Live and many late-night talk shows. The good “Father” spoke with an Italian accent and purportedly was a reporter from a...

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Try Soft Light For Great Portraits
Jan12

Try Soft Light For Great Portraits

By Arthur H. Bleich– In the early days of amateur photography, enthusiasts were always being warned to “keep the sun at your back” because films were slow and  needed lots of light to record a decent image. But before photography became the beloved hobby of the masses, Victorian studio photographers had discovered that the best way to light their subjects was to avoid the sun altogether. They set up indoor studios with...

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Richard Baker: War and Peace
Oct26

Richard Baker: War and Peace

By Arthur H. Bleich– In 1966, Richard Baker aimed his M-16 at the Vietnamese; today he uses an arsenal of analog cameras to shoot them. His goal is to photograph all 54 ethnic tribes in the country where he was once sent to fight. Now 68, the twice-wounded Army veteran has been back to Vietnam about 15 times since the war ended; he jokes that he’s done more tours of duty there than any other soldier. Capturing images on pin-hole and...

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Nothing Says it Better Than A Photographic Print
Mar24

Nothing Says it Better Than A Photographic Print

By Drew Hendrix– I have a friend whose daughter died when she was a teenager but he still greets her every day with: “Hi kiddo, how’s it going?” And he says she always replies with a smile from within her picture frame on the wall. He told me that when he views her image on a computer or cellphone screen, it just doesn’t seem as real. Nor would many of our memories be as pleasurable to recall if they had to be dug out from...

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Altering Reality– It’s Nothing New
Jan10

Altering Reality– It’s Nothing New

By Arthur H. Bleich– Critics of computer-altered images usually divide photography into two time periods: the honest analog days and the dishonest digital ones. If it were only that easy. Tinkering with images is as old as photography itself; it’s merely become more sophisticated. In the early days of photography, “spirit” photos depicted departed loved ones hovering near the living, and fairies were shown dancing in the woods. And...

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Polar Matte Magna Paper Proves Perfect For Making Beautiful Alternative-Process Prints
Oct14

Polar Matte Magna Paper Proves Perfect For Making Beautiful Alternative-Process Prints

By Al Lockwood– Although most contemporary photographers inkjet print their work, a smaller (but growing) number print their images by historical or “alternative” means. These are the processes developed in the early 19th century– albumen, Van Dyke, Kallitype, salted paper and others; easily 100 different processes. Each offers the photographer an opportunity to create something truly unique. In an age of digital...

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Free Online Course: “The Camera Never Lies”
Aug03

Free Online Course: “The Camera Never Lies”

A free, six-week online course offered by Coursera and the University of London (UK) beginning on August 4, 2014 should be of interest to all photographers who use imaging programs and want to know if there was life before Photoshop. This short history course is an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical...

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A Gold Mine Of American Images– Free!
Jun16

A Gold Mine Of American Images– Free!

By Arthur H. Bleich–   America, 1935. A land in the midst of a Great Depression. Drought and over-cultivation of farmland had spawned dust storms that stripped vital topsoil away. In a country that was predominately rural and small-town, the massive crop failure that ensued caused millions to lose their farms and homes. Blown out, baked out and broke, most were forced to drift aimlessly from place to place, looking for whatever work...

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My Search for the World’s Oldest Photograph
Nov14

My Search for the World’s Oldest Photograph

 By Harald Johnson–      A few years ago, I asked myself a simple question: What and where is the oldest photograph in the world? It took some research and bit of travelling, but in the end I found it. Along with its story.   First, some definitions are in order. Like: What’s a photograph? What’s photography? Because I’ve written books on the subject of digital photo printing, I see it like this… A photograph is an...

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