I have worked with film for some time now. From day one I developed my own black & white film at home. This doesn’t take up too much room, so I was able to do it in the bathroom (which is completely internal, with no window). More recently, I got into printing my negatives rather […]Read more "Building a home darkroom"
Most of the photography articles on this site are about advanced cameras and techniques. But recently someone asked me for advice on buying a compact camera for a holiday, so I decided to write this guide. Hopefully it will be useful. Lens There’s a lot to know about lenses, and they have a huge impact […]Read more "Your guide to buying a digital compact camera"
I’ve had a server at home for years now, and I’ve also been a professional sysadmin for at least three years. I know my way around Linux pretty well and for some time I’ve run my own web server and also other services. But one thing I’ve steered clear of until now is running my […]Read more "Building an email server using ClearOS"
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"