Soft Pleasures – Why Lens Sharpness Is Overrated

I confess I'm a sucker for a searingly sharp close up of a flower or decaying texture against a soft dreamy background. But the sharpness is only part of the appeal. In truth, it's the textures of the background that allure me most.  Here are some of my favourite photographs where sharpness was not paramount… Continue reading Soft Pleasures – Why Lens Sharpness Is Overrated

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Lens Love #1 – Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 M42

Lens Love is an ongoing series of posts about the vintage lenses I've used and loved most. The dry technical data and 100% corner crops of brick walls can be found elsewhere. What I'm more interested in is what specifically about a lens makes me love using it, and why I believe you should try… Continue reading Lens Love #1 – Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 M42

How Shooting Film Positively Transformed My Digital Photography

Before I discovered film, my main photography experience was with camera phones, then a Nikon Coolpix, which I shot 1000 photographs a month with for seven months. Shooting film over the next five years - aside from its own unique pleasures - has gradually, yet radically, transformed how I approached and enjoyed digital photography too. Here… Continue reading How Shooting Film Positively Transformed My Digital Photography

Preset Aperture Lenses – How They Work And Why You Need At Least One

Preset aperture lenses are different from standard lenses with a single aperture ring and set click stops. Here's how they differ, some of the reasons I enjoy using them, and why you should try them too. First, how they work.  There are different variations, but the feature common to them all is you preset not… Continue reading Preset Aperture Lenses – How They Work And Why You Need At Least One

How I Shoot Manual Vintage Lenses With A DSLR

My experience with film and digital cameras over the last five years or so culminated recently in the revelation that it doesn't matter so much whether I'm hunting for beauty with film or pixels. What's far more valuable to me is the hunting itself, plus the vintage lenses I love to use. This post is… Continue reading How I Shoot Manual Vintage Lenses With A DSLR

How I Shoot Film With A Digital Sensor

Film photography is one of the greatest joys of my life.  But how much of this pleasure can be experienced and enjoyed equally via a digital sensor, rather than on 35mm film? To explore this, let's start with the five biggest reasons I love film, in reverse order.  5. The look of film. 4. Using… Continue reading How I Shoot Film With A Digital Sensor