Recently I was lent a Kodak Six-20 Brownie box camera. Rather than the 120 medium format film I’ve used in the past, it takes 620 film. The film stock is identical; only the spools differ. The 620 spool has a thinner axle, the end caps have a smaller diameter by about 2mm, and the overall […]Read more "Converting 120 film to 620"
Recently I was given a Braun Paxette. After running a couple of rolls of film through it, I’ve decided that the focus isn’t quite calibrated correctly according to the focus ring. Fortunately, you can loosen three grub screws around the snout of the lens and rotate the focus ring without moving the lens, line it […]Read more "Calibrating the focus ring on a Paxette"
Today a friend (from a Windows background – still a friend?! :P) asked me how to go about setting up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP) server. I wrote him a few notes, not only on how to configure the LAMP stack, but also on how to configure a Linux system properly from scratch, […]Read more "Newbie’s guide for Linux Apache web servers"
As posted on my photo blog yesterday, I faked a tilt-shift miniature model of the A4 in the Avon Gorge. I’d never tried it before, so I followed this guide on how to do it. It was pretty straight forward, but I’ve recreated the steps here, with my own modifications. Step 0: Take a photo […]Read more "Tilt-shift miniature fakes in GIMP"
Yesterday I got an Android-based smartphone (an HTC Magic). Today I want to document some of its features, which also includes taking screenshots. Unfortunately there is no way of taking screenshots with the provided software, and the only screenshot app in the Market requires you to have a rooted phone. I eventually came across this […]Read more "Taking screenshots on an Android-based phone"
After I posted the other day about building a pinhole camera, I immediately ordered a body cap from eBay. Last night it arrived, and here’s how I made my pinhole camera. Making the pinhole “lens” Not only do pinholes have to be tiny in diameter, they should also be made through a thin material. I […]Read more "My 35mm pinhole camera"
I hadn’t realised how important it is to calibrate a monitor correctly. My former method of “calibration” was simply to set the monitor’s contrast to maximum, and set the monitor’s brightness to a value that looked comfortable to me. I didn’t bother changing any settings in software. But I got caught out. Last night I […]Read more "Calibrating a TFT monitor"
As my interest in photography progressed, it was only natural I’d one day end up wanting to develop film. I developed my first roll last night by following this guide. It was extremely helpful – but there were a few points it didn’t cover. I made notes while I was developing, and so here’s a […]Read more "How to develop black & white film"
If you read my blog, you’ll have seen my recent review of my RSP Asteri 2 bike lights. I talked about making a bottle battery, and now I have. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos after the first couple of steps but never mind. What you’ll need I used the following parts, but you can […]Read more "Building a bottle battery"
When I get my Vista-based Media Center to scan for FreeView channels, it finds them all correctly. When I go to add listings, I choose my region and it fetches them. But ITV1 and ITV2 both lack listings – despite the fact that the listings in question appear to be available. There’s a tweak you […]Read more "Guide listings in Vista MCE for ITV channels"