Category Archives: Photographic techniques

Techniques used in photograpy

4×5 scans on an Epson V500


THE cheap Epson V500 scanner (and now its replacement, the V600) have one major drawback: the maximum size of the film carriage is about 6x12cm, or just over half the size of a 4×5 negative. To get a scanner designed … Continue reading

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Now for something different…


I’m planning to put a little effort into building up a catalogue of science shots. Initially I will be shooting microscope slides, using the MP-E 65 1-5x macro lens (i.e., working entirely with photographic gear, not shooting through a microscope). … Continue reading

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The city at night


IT’S NOT just the kit that gets bigger in large format, practical difficulties can be magnified, too. This was driven home to me while I was checking some night shots I took with the 6×9 film back on my Crown … Continue reading

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Slaves to technology


PHOTOGRAPHERS are slaves. Willing ones. They eagerly await every extra megapixel or touch-screen gimmick and then rush to buy into the new dream. After all, you can only get the best results from the best equipment, right? Well, maybe. Sometimes. … Continue reading

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Seeing the light


PHOTOGRAPHY is easy. Anyone can do it. Good photography is a different matter – and it is all about the light. Among the toughest subjects to shoot is food. It may look easy to shoot a plate of food but … Continue reading

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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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