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Lighting Mods has a review of Polaroid–software that you can download for free and make any photo look like a polaroid. It works with Windows or Mac. Check it out and give it a try.

Even Professional Photographers have either used or made their own pinhole cameras. It’s something feared and yet can be something so easy to make.

Welcome to!  This site includes the instructions for building a matchbox pinhole camera which first appreared on my blog in 2005.  I’ve re-written the instructions to hopefully make things clearer, if anything doesn’t make sense, please post in the new Matchbox Pinhole Forum.

Give it a try. I’m going to. Later we can share photos on both the Matchbox Pinhole Forum and here.


C’mon, admit it. You know you want to see some of your photos mounted and displayed but you don’t want to pay BIG money to have someone do it for you.

The answer my friend is to do it yourself. This not only is an inexpensive way to get the job done, but provides great personal satisfaction. It’s your art and you create the display yourself.

Here’s a link to an article that will walk you through the steps. Enjoy.

Photopreneur has done it again. For those who use DSLRs (and that’s pretty much a lot of folks out there) you really should know the differences between film and digital. There are the obvious differences but Photopreneur goes on to explain some other very important differences like:

  1. The differences between saving in JPEG and RAW.
  2. Why sensor size matters.
  3. Did you know that commercial photography has extremely high quality demands that may prohibit hobbyists.
  4. Few digital cameras can compete with the resolution of digital cameras.
  5. Numbers 3 and 4 are likely why…Many leading photographers still shoot on film.
  6. You can’t have too much resolution.
  7. How come the number of megapixels listed for your camera isn’t really the number of megapixels in your camera?
  8. Keep in mind that megabytes are not the same thing as megpixels.
Jump on over to Photopreneur to read the complete article. It’s a very good read.

While visiting I ran across the following links:

Infotrends says 89% of Pro Photographers are “Digital”

According to a recent InfoTrends survey of over 1,000 professional photographers across specialties, the increased use of digital photography is leading to new opportunities in the imaging industry. It’s no surprise that the percentage of total digital images captured by pros has grown from 82% in 2006 to 89% in 2007; however, a pronounced increase in the number of digital images captured per week by the average pro suggests that software, service, and printing solution providers are likely to benefit in the long run. [Read the rest of the article.]

 Women Spend More Time in Photoshop Than Men?

According to wakoopa, a software use tracking application and web site, the most used software (among people who registered and downloaded the tracking app) was Firefox which was used by 8905 people for 102,859 hours in the tracking period. Photoshop CS3 was used by 3869 people for a total of 23,234 hours. And, according to TechCrunch, wakoopa shows that Tuesday is the day that users play games the least while women spend about twice the time in Photoshop than men. It’s not clear whether men work faster than women or that men aren’t as graphically inclined than women (seriously, we’re not making any judgments on this, we’re just reporting what the numbers are). [Read the rest of the article.]

Is Digital Forcing Out Photography’s Roots?

… in the name of digital, the art of photography is undergoing a revolution.

As the techniques formed in the wet lab darkroom are translated into computer applications like Photoshop, can that sacred space, the darkroom, survive?

It’s not looking good if you consider the movement of college education. The new consolidated Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, set to break ground by April 2009, will not include a darkroom. [Read the rest of the article.]

Each of these should generate some great discussion.


So what is a collodion process? Also called wet-plate collodion process, it was invented in 1851 and is known as such because the images are made on glass and wet metal plates. It was abandoned in the 1880s when dry plates were invented. It is somewhat dangerous as collodion is a solution of nitrocellulose in ether or acetone, sometimes with the addition of alcohols. Its generic name is pyroxylin solution. It is toxic and highly flammable. As the solvent evaporates, it dries to a celluloid-like film. The process of developing with collodion is somewhat involved:

  • Clean the glass plate (extremely well)
  • Flow the glass plate with “salted” (iodide/bromide) Collodion
  • Immerse the plate in a silver nitrate bath (for 3-5 minutes)
  • Exposing the plate (can range from less than a second to several minutes)
  • Develop the plate (using an iron based developer)
  • Fix the plate (with potassium cyanide or sodium thiosulfate)
  • Varnish the plate (with a varnish made from gum sandarac, alcohol and lavender oil) (via wikipedia)

All of this is done in a matter of minutes.

So if it was abandoned, why would anyone want to go back to this dangerous and time-consuming process?

[Photographer Ellen] Susan describes the technique as a labor of love. “Though the process is arduous, incredibly messy, expensive, hazardous, and the results can be unpredictable, it’s more enjoyable than other methods of photography to me,” she explains. “Being responsible for every aspect of the picture-making process — from cutting and filing the glass, to mixing bulk chemicals, pouring the plate, and final varnish and finish — is a very satisfying experience. When it goes well — which it often doesn’t.” (via PopPhoto)

In her studio in Savannah, Georgia, Susan is shooting a series of portraits of soldiers for an exhibition and book project, as described at “All soldiers who want to be photographed will be,” she says in the site’s casting call. “The only requirements are three and a half hours of your time at my studio in Savannah, and the ability to sit very still for up to 30 seconds. You’ll receive a unique, one-of-a-kind photograph to take with you when you leave.” Many hauntingly solemn portraits, with soldiers’ written comments, appear on the site. (via PopPhoto)

You really should check out the slideshow of these modern day soldiers.


Over on Conscientious, Joerg shares Thoughts on Panoramas. A thought-provoking read.

While working on my most recent Personal Favourites post, I spent some time thinking about photographic formats again – a topic that does not get a lot of attention and that typically only comes up in the (unfortunate) form of print sizes. Of course, size is just one aspect, the other one is the aspect ratio. Ignoring diptychs or spherical exposures, rectangular images are most common, with the two extremes (width and height equal [a square] and width much larger than height [a panorama]) being somewhat rare. The latter extreme, the panorama, seems most unusual, and of all the formats it might be the one hardest to work with (via Conscientious).


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