At various stages of doing photography, both as a hobby or a career, photographers commonly find themselves at a point where they begin outgrowing their gear.
This article serves as a guide on investing in camera gear, addressing issues in relation to what to upgrade, and when. Read More
In this article, I address questions in relation to the propriety of photo editing, in both digital and analogue spaces, from the perspective of a professional photographer. I will also share tips and examples on how to edit photos like a pro, including top mistakes to avoid. Read More
DX code is an elaborate system originally designed by Kodak, as a solution to the passage of information between film cartridges, cameras and film development machines. Such information includes film speed, film type, manufacturer, frame count etc. This article explains how it works and how to use it. Read More
In this article, from my experience of shooting action on streets as a press photographer, I will share the common problems that night photos suffer from, namely grain and shake, and offer my two cents on the best practices by myself and fellow professional photographers on how to maintain a high quality of shots at night. Read More
This guide covers all basics about pushing and pulling black and white and colour negative film. A downloadable pdf is included that contains the time charts for pushing and pulling common black and white film stocks. Detailed but easy to follow explanations are provided regarding the effects fo pushing and pulling film. Read More
D76 is one of the most classic developer that is highly reliable and versatile. It is often taken as the industry benchmark against which newer developers are compared.
In this article, we will study various properties of the D76, in relation to its storage, dilution and usage. Read More
This article walks you through the basic mechanism behind film grain, so that you can make the right decisions to achieve the look that you like in your work. Read More
This article walks you through the considerations to make in choosing a 35mm film, with recommendations of the specific brand and ISO to get your started. This article walks you through the considerations to make in choosing a 35mm film, with recommendations of the specific brand and ISO for a particular situation to get your started. Sample images are included. Read More
Deciding on the best lens or lens combination to take when travelling can be a massive headache. This article sheds light on the main considerations that you should be making to arrive at the best decision for your photo needs. We will also study the suitability of various focal lengths for travel photography. Read More
No, because flash diffusers are only going to have an effect under a narrow set of circumstances. Where not used properly, it leads to a waste of flash power and is an unnecessary extra weight to carry. There are better ways to soften light and remove specular highlights that would be more worth the money. Read More
Overall, the Olympus gives excellent image sharpness and contrast at around f/5.6, though exhibiting some edge aberration and vignetting. It is extremely lightweight and pocketable even with the flash unit mounted, providing no excuse to not bring it out. It can meter from ISO 25-800, which together with a 35mm lens, makes a solid all-rounded everyday camera. Read More
A good negative is one that is capable of creating a good print or scan. It contains a rich range of tonalities, decent reflection of grain structure and is free from blemishes. Generally, its tonalities should touch on a majority of zones, as posited by Ansel Adams, from whites to highlights, midtones, shadows, and to the blacks. When handled properly, it should not have scratches, dust, watermarks which can lead to difficulties in printing. Read More
This article covers the factors that beginner film shooters should consider before deciding where to send their films for processing, and what to look out for in the various service offerings. Read More
The most common reasons that lead to unsharp film photos are motion blur, caused by using too slow a shutter speed; missed focus, caused by not having enough depth of field to work with; and underexposure, caused by not exposing for the shadows. To get sharper film photos, the photographer should gain a good understanding of film speeds and choose the right film stock for a particular job. Knowing the mechanical limitations of certain film cameras is also crucial. Read More
This article explains what it takes to be a professional photographer, providing an overview of what degrees are best for photography.
A basic photography invoice includes the photographer’s business details, the client’s details, the scope of the specific job, and payment details. Invoices do not have a fixed format, so you can make your own invoice, or tailor a photography invoice template to your own needs. Read More
Dubbed the ‘New York Nabi’, Saul Leiter’s work exhibited a confluence of French Impressionism and Japanese Zen. As a painter himself, he owned paintings by household French names including Bonnard and Vermeer, and was knowledgeable in the history of art. Later images also show Japanese ukiyo-e prints by Utagawa Hiroshige and Hokusai, hung up in his studio walls, together with a rich collection of Japanese calligraphy, vinyl and books. In his formative years, photographer W. Eugene Smith and painter Richard Pousette-Dart encouraged Saul to pursue photography. Read More
This article outlines the best budget cameras with flip screens as of 2021 for vlogging and photography. All cameras listed in this post have 180 degree flip screens and wifi connectivity. Read More
Any lens is good for street photography as long as you use it for the right type of situation. Street photography spans across such a wide range of subjects and approaches that no one lens is going to be ‘the best lens’ across the board. Rather, every focal length has its own strong suit, the 24mm is no different. The more relevant question is, therefore, what type of street photography is the 24mm good for? In this article, we will discuss just that. Read More
The single one most powerful asset that makes strong images is the use of light and shadows, and the endless possibilities that it can add to a scene. In this article, we will look at what shadow photography refers to, some common forms in which light and shadow are used to enhance an image’s composition, and the works of great photographers who are widely known to be masters of light and shadows. Read More