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  1. 8-by-10 Box Camera Video

    Last week I used my 8-by-10 tailboard-style nested box camera to create a simple image of a patio chair, and afterwards decided that an overview video of the camera's operation was needed, so I got busy yesterday afternoon, while everyone was away and the house was quiet, with shooting video.

    I used a Lumix G5, micro-4/3 format still camera to shoot the video, using the 14-45mm Lumix lens set to continuous AF, recording in the MP4 format. Because my heavier Bogen tripod was being ...
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  2. Passing the Torch



    I was thinking today about passing the torch. No, not the Olympic torch, but a more personal version, one involving the now disappearing craft of chemical photography.

    I have a five year old grandson whos seen me snap innumerable digital portraits of him, in almost every conceivable situation, such that hes become adept at assuming a photogenic pose, almost instinctively. This has happened no ...
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  3. Newest Darkroom Fixture

    Today the counter top people brought me a slab of engineered quartz (a familiar brand name). It is 37" x 68" x 3 cm thick. It was a remnant in the stone yard, and I took delivery without any fabrication, so it has just the top polished surface, with four sawn edges. It is placed on a base constructed from 2x4's, which was carefully leveled before placement of the slab, and shimmed after placement. I have yet to coat anything on it, but I am certain that it is more level than the sheets ...

    Updated 11-11-2013 at 06:29 PM by earlj

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  4. Creating a 21st century photographic studio

    2013 is a year of transition for me. I have spent very little time on photography, due to a full slate of higher priorities. My recent marriage (October 19) and the completion of the living space portion of our remodeling project allows me to turn my attention to creating my dream photography studio. The basement (960 square feet) is dedicated to my studio and office space, divided between my consulting business, soap making, and photography. The laundry facilities were moved to the main floor in ...

    Updated 11-11-2013 at 06:29 PM by earlj

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  5. New Video on Pre-Flashing Paper Negatives



    I got around to shooting some video yesterday on the subject of pre-flashing paper negatives. I tried to be as informative as I could while keeping the length of the piece as short as possible, but I still managed to make it 11 minutes long. Apparently I love to talk.

    I didn't touch on how to actually do test strips or contact prints, since I'm assuming most people with an interest in this sort ...

    Updated 04-23-2013 at 03:35 PM by JoeVanCleave

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