Tips and Techniques

Taste the Rainbow – Charlotte’s Adventures in Alternative Color Film

2500 1406 Charlotte Davis

Charlotte shoots some wild color film and tells us all about it in this rainbow-flavored writeup.

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Photographic Tips for Chasing Waterfalls

2000 1331 Jeb Inge

This story starts with a fall, a broken tooth, and a wet photographer. Learn from our mistakes.

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Mastering the Zone System – Part 1: Zone System Metering

2800 1867 Cory Miller

Most of us have experienced the feelings that accompany any big change; a combination of fear juxtaposed with excitement. First leaving home for college or starting a new job, or maybe picking up our first…

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Cleaning, Storing, and Repairing Your Classic Camera

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Unlike the digital camera market, which is saturated with brand new products and the support network needed to fix them, film cameras can be rare and precious and expensive to fix. That’s why it’s important…

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Making Film Soup with Elzi Boba – Featured Photophile No. 019

2637 1483 James Tocchio

I see a lot of photos in my role here at the site. I understand most of them. I can read the light and intuit some of the work that went into making them. But…

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What is Zone Focus, Plus How and When to Do It

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Zone focusing (sometimes called scale focusing) allows a photographer to know what will be in focus without even looking through the viewfinder. It’s an invaluable technique that’s often used in street and other types of…

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What are ISO Numbers in Photography and Why it Matters

2400 1350 James Tocchio

Even though ISO is a major part of the three main factors that make or break a photograph, it’s something of a neglected middle child. ISO sullenly stews between Shutter Speed and Aperture, its more…

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Making the Most of Motion in Photographs – Photo Tips and Techniques

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Not all photos need to be crystal clear and clinically sharp. Shots that are technically imperfect often end up being the most engaging, since these bring with them a sense of energy and liveliness. But…

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Five Tips for Shooting Concerts on Film

2200 1418 Josh Solomon

As both a longtime gigging musician and film geek, I often end up slipping into the crowd during downtime to take some pictures. And over the years I’ve noticed more and more people doing the…

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How to Cheat at Film Photography – Simple Tips for Making Better Photos

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Film photography can be hard. The learning curve is often steep, and blasting through twenty rolls of film as we learn the ropes can be a costly and frustrating experience. This barrier to entry may…

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Basic Composition Techniques for Better Photos

2000 1125 Chris Cushing

There are a lot of guides about how to make better photos. For the most part, they cover the same ground. While these tips are valid, it’s important to consider why they work. Knowing the…

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How to Shoot Easy Macro Photos Using Close-Up Filters

2400 1600 James Tocchio

Are you interested in macro photography but not so interested in shelling the clams to pay for an expensive macro lens? Or maybe you’re not interested in carrying another big honking lens that’ll rarely leave your…

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We Pick Your First Film Camera For Under $50

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Recent articles by the likes of TIME magazine, BBC news, and others have announced to the masses what many of us have known for years – film photography is back. And you can bet that this…

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Tips and Techniques No. 003 – How to See in Black-and-White

2500 1786 James Tocchio

Color, in many ways, is the essence of life. Our eyes and brains are built to see it. Brand identities are built on it. And so are our personal fashion sensibilities (there weren’t a lot of…

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