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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 […]

Jake’s speech at the Portland Art Museum – The Decisive Morning

What follows is the unabridged text (and slides) from Jake’s speech at the Portland Art Museum on July 17, 2013.   Thanks to the Photo Council for having me. And by “having me”, I mean “bullying me into this”. Thanks to all of you for breaking up your day to come down for a bit. […]

Vivian Maier, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Photography

I can barely wait a week to see my developed film. Most photographers nowadays don’t even wait a minute. More and more I find myself wanting to see my work faster, oftentimes letting the quality and archivability of my art suffer so I can get gratification as fast as possible. I’ve become so obsessed with […]

Light and time may not be endangered species but we are still always losing them

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”  — George Eastman Simply, this is a glass negative found across the street at the Salvation Army.  If I had to guess I would say it […]

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 […]

HOLY MACKEREL! All systems are go!

Or What the heck is a Codex? Well, we’ve been gone for almost a whole month – did you miss us? We missed you. We are exceptionally excited to be reopened and back in action – renovated, reorganized, lean and mean. So – what are the results of all that banging and clattering behind closed […]