A couple of members of the Vintage Camera Collectors group persuaded me to concentrate on where my two main hobbies (photography and audio recording) meet, and record the sounds of some of my cameras. Quite a lot of my cameras currently have film in them so I started with just a small selection. Unfortunately all […]Read more "Camera sounds"
I shoot a lot with my vintage cameras. Many date from the 1950s and have probably never been serviced. I’ve no idea how accurate the shutter speeds on them are. For the mostpart, they are probably acceptably accurate, since they seem to produce reasonably well-exposed negatives. Except for my newest lens, a Horseman 65mm f/5.6 […]Read more "Using a microphone to test your shutter speed"
This week, I decided to have a look at some statistics about photos I’ve taken with my Canon 450D. Using a little Perl magic, I extracted the EXIF data from almost 7,000 photos that I’ve taken since purchasing the camera 10 months ago. The first graph shows the different focal lengths used in the photographs. […]Read more "Some photographic statistics"
A while back I took an interest in infrared photography, and I bought a couple of rolls of Maco 820c infrared film. Using infrared film involves a huge amount of trial and error, and unlike digital cameras, you can’t take one or two pictures and check after each one. You have to shoot a whole […]Read more "Success with infrared photography"
Since using my Braun Paxette, I’ve had to learn about the Sunny 16 rule to get the exposure right. The details on this page are shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia. The rule is simple. Set your shutter speed to the inverse of your film speed. ISO Shutter 100 1/100 (or 1/125) 200 1/200 (or 1/250) 400 […]Read more "Sunny 16"
Hana went to a car boot sale recently. I half-jokingly asked her to pick up anything photographic if it was cheap, hoping to sell it on eBay for a few quid (and maybe even use it). Girl done good – she found a early 1960s Braun Paxette Electromatic II for not many pounds. The seller […]Read more "New camera: Braun Paxette Electromatic II"
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"
Most cameras, even compacts, have at least some manual settings that you can adjust if you want to explore what your camera can do. As I mentioned in my introduction, the three most common settings to play with are the aperture, shutter speed and ISO. What the settings do Let me go into a little […]Read more "Photography for beginners: Camera basics"