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Shooting lightning


I WAS in Greece for a month from mid-October and I was lucky to have fabulous weather while I was there. There was a real “Indian summer” right through the islands for the first week and though it got a … 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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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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Shutter-speed shocker


I BOUGHT a shutter speed tester the other day, It’s nothing fancy, just a black box with a light sensor on one side and a cord that plugs into a computer’s audio jack. I got it because I use a … Continue reading

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Diffraction can wreck your photos


SMALLER apertures are often recommended as they increase the depth of focus (DoF) in a photo – and don’t we often want to get as much as possible in focus? Unfortunately, as the iris size gets smaller, the light waves … 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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