Monthly Archives: June 2011

Flash as a substitute shutter


MY CROWN Graphic 5×4 camera arrived with three shutters – 135mm, 150mm and 180mm – all of which have questionable speed ratings. It’s not that old-time shutters were desperately inaccurate, it’s just that somewhere between 30 and 80 years of … Continue reading

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Bellows extension, exposure correction and diffraction


USING bellows or extension tubes for close-up photography moves the iris of the lens away from the camera reducing the amount of light reaching the film or the sensor. Quite literally, the further away the light at the end of … Continue reading

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Images in Action


WITH MORE than 150,000 image licenses already sold and the tally rising by 20,000 a year, the world is awash with my photographs. I’ve seen them in magazines, in an advertisement for a National Geographic photography contest, in a Ritz … Continue reading

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Loading the Graflex ’23’ Graphic film back


The Graflex “23” 6×9 film back seems rather confusing when you first encounter it, but after a bit of practice it is easy enough to use. However, I recommend sacrificing one roll of film to practice the procedure a few … Continue reading

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Scanning B&W film with an Epson V500


THE Epson V500 scanner (now being superseded by the V600) is a very nifty bit of kit. I’ve had mine for a couple of years and have done something like 2,000 scans with it. However, getting the best results takes … Continue reading

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