When Tack Sharp Isn’t Best

I love a sharp negative and photographic print as much as the next guy. I strive for proper focus. Who doesn't? But there are times when it's not about the tack sharp focus, but about the moment. When the shutter can't quite still what's happening, but it still captures it. Like these two photos of... Continue Reading →

Good Shooter or Good Editor, You Choose

I know a photographer who shoots with his finger on the shutter, shoots hundreds of images every time he goes out--obviously he's a digital photographer. He says he doesn't know what he wants and needs to have plenty to choose from later to find the shot, so he has to shoot like this. Hundreds of... Continue Reading →

Ah, The Difference a Print Makes

The photographic print defines today's photographer. That's it right there. Doesn't matter if you originate on film or a digital sensor, it's the print that defines the photographer. What have you made lately? Show me your work, let's see your photographs? I'd go so far as to say that those making photographic prints are the... Continue Reading →

The Film/Digital Difference

The difference between the two is night and day to me, and I am assuming you also can see it. There's a time for each, just like there's a time for watercolor and oil paint. Just like there is a time for takeout food (takeaway for those readers across the pond) and a time to... Continue Reading →

My Own Found Film Project

Anyone recognize these folks? My friend is inspired by the 70-year-old found film story in the NY Times last week. So, he knows I have a box of undeveloped film I've found left in cameras in the past, so we're starting a project. I developed three 12-exposure rolls of black and white Kodak Verichrome Pan... Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays: Buy Film, Make Art!

Happy Holidays to all my friends and family who let me photograph them (it's not an unusual occurrence!), sometimes in good light and sometimes in good shadows. To all my readers, viewers, listeners and subscribers on my various channels--here, YouTube, and my podcast--I'm thankful for all of you. Cheers to a great 2021 and as... Continue Reading →

Shooting a Wedding on Film

"Wait, whaaaaaattt?" That doesn't sound like what you would expect nowadays with all the technology available, the Sony, the Canon, the Nikon. Have you seen the mirrorless? "Next you'll say you're not going to put them online." Yes, that would be my preference, to deliver you actual photographs printed and framed and in leather photo... Continue Reading →

The Soul of Film Photography

What is soul and how does it apply to a photograph? Is it real or are film photographers just making it up? You know, when we talk about a film photograph having soul, unlike our digital photographs. I know for me, I see it. Clearly. I’m also connected to the photograph and the subject—they’re friends—so... Continue Reading →

Why Do You Make a Photograph?

I have an either/or question: Why do you make a photograph? Is it to make a photograph that people will like? Hit the heart button on Instagram? The Like Thumbs Up on Facebook? Is that your delivery medium? Is it to make a photograph that needs to exist in the world? That hangs on a... Continue Reading →

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