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Color Infrared Film with Heather Boyd

  Photographer, illustrator, and pastel-fanatic Heather Boyd shows us the world in shades of pink and blue. No, this isn’t a Lightroom preset or a post-processing series of clicks and adjustments. Her secret? Color infrared film.     Heather worked with a lot of different film stocks over several months before finding one that suited […]

Five tips for your Fireworks Film Photos

Summertime brings with it long, clear, warm nights and plenty of excuses to set a giant stick of explosives on fire, run away, and photograph the cacophonous and polychromatic results. To get you started, our expert fireworks setter-offer Peter Carlson has some quick tips and tricks.     5. Focus to infinity This might go without saying, […]

Nikon Nikonos

So whether you are actually underwater, or due to this weather lately, just feel like you are underwater, go check out a Nikonos underwater camera. We recommend the Nikonos V as it has a built-in light meter and an aperture-priority exposure mode to go along with it’s full manual setting. These cameras are suprisingly multi-purpose […]

Announcing Spy Film for MINOX cameras

We’ve got news. It’s really, really big news. We’ve kept it Top Secret for almost a year. At long last the time has come to declassify, and we’re ready to share with you our latest endeavor. But first: are you sitting down? Good. Were you followed? Excellent. Here we go. Effective immediately, Blue Moon Camera […]

Becoming Medium Format

Let’s face it, film isn’t dead.  If anything, film is enjoying a bit of a renaissance particularly in the realms of toy cameras and medium format cameras.  In fact, you are likely reading this because you are part of that wave of photographers interested in owning your first medium format camera.  Buying your first medium […]

Darkroom Printing- A Harmony of Art and Science

Rules are meant to be broken, especially when talking about photography. However, when printing in the darkroom, it’s a good idea to get a firm grasp on the fundamentals before moving on to a more experimental approach. Knowing what makes a good darkroom print, and being methodical in your technique will aid you in your […]

How to run your own Instant Film Photo Booth

Nothing makes a party like a photo booth. There’s something magical about hosting a booth that produces physical prints on the spot. Incorporating an instant pack film setup can make a lasting memory, both in your attendees’ minds and with physical prints they can keep forever. And one of the best parts? It’s super easy […]

Instant pack film and medium format cameras, or why I went to the dark side.

   A few months ago, I borrowed a Hasselblad for the sole purpose of attaching a Polaroid pack film magazine to its dignified body. Heresy, I know, especially for a first time Hasselblad user. It’s important that I tell you I am not a Polaroid user. I admire good work produced on Polaroids, but I […]

Student cameras – Minolta SRT 101

Minolta SRT 101 Burly and reliable, this early entry in the SRT line is built like a tank.  One of the most important aspects of this camera is its sheer heft – a very popular choice among those who plan (or don’t, hey accidents happen) to put their camera through heavy use.  While we cannot […]

Student cameras – Olympus OM-1

Olympus OM-1 From a design standpoint, the OM-1 is the most unique of the five cameras on this list. Olympus set about redesigning the SLR from the ground up, and with their first entry into the field, they did an excellent job breaking from the rest of the pack. The first important (and most noticeable) […]

Student cameras – Nikon FM

Nikon FM I will admit right from the start, I am biased toward the Nikon FM.  My first SLR was (and still is) a Nikon FM2n.  I love that camera.  I loved it from the beginning and that admiration grew at the same pace I did as a photographer.  Personal bias aside for a moment, […]

Student cameras – Canon AE-1

  Canon AE-1 Perhaps the second most popular student camera after the Pentax K1000, the AE-1 was introduced in the same year and enjoyed a production run of a decade – not too shabby really.  While it is not as simply and elegantly designed as the K1000, the AE-1 is still an easy camera to […]

Student cameras – Pentax K1000

  Pentax K1000 There are few better places to start this list than with the K1000.  The K1000 is often referred to as “The student camera”.  Note the capital “T”.  The K1000 is the embodiment of simplicity.  Originally introduced in 1976, the camera enjoyed a production run lasting until 1997.  This bit of history is […]

Introduction to buying a student camera

Just started that new photography class and your teacher has sent you on a mission to acquire a manual camera?  Or perhaps you’re a parent and your child came home today with a list of camera needs half a page long and you are uncertain of where to start?  The following will be a series […]