Tag Archives: quality

Scan size and quality surprise (Epson V500)


I’VE ALWAYS ASSUMED that the quality you get from making a large scan and then downsizing it is going to be much the same as just making a small scan to start with. I now know that it isn’t. As … Continue reading

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Will digital do this?


I recently finished processing this shot, taken with my Leica R4s ModP and the Summicron 90mm lens, and it struck me as a fine example of the sort of quality in the tones that film can deliver and but digital … Continue reading

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Discovering caffenol


FOLLOW-UP: Since writing what follows, I have tested this recipe on four more films, none of which turned out as well as the first despite my efforts to replicate the conditions exactly. I’m forced to conclude that this method does … Continue reading

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Spot the difference…


(Answer now beneath the photos) ONE of these was shot with Canon 5D MkII and 24-70 f2.8L lens, combined price about $4,000. The other was shot with a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 folding camera from about 1948, e-bay price less … Continue reading

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Mamiya TLR magic


MY FIRST close-up encounter with a twin lens reflex (TLR) camera was more than 30 years ago, when I embarked on my career as a reporter. The staff photographers were all lugging around Rolleiflexes (and large, heavy flash battery packs, … 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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Why RAW?


EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER knows the feeling: the composition looks great in the viewfinder, the colours are vibrant, everything is just right … then you get home and review your files at full size only to find they are a disappointment. It … Continue reading

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