Category Archives: Tips and tricks

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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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THE Epson V500 scanner (now being superseded by the V600) is a very nifty bit of kit.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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A chilling warning


CHILLING FILM helps protect it, right? Well, half right as I found out to my cost. Freezing or chilling film before use certainly helps to extend its life, but chilling it AFTER use is a different matter entirely. Once out … Continue reading

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Dunes and clouds in B&W


A TIP I got from a large-format shooter for photographing sand dunes on a camera without a meter. Use a yellow filter but do not make any metering adjustment for the filter-factor. The light from the sand is about the … Continue reading

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