London’s Brutal Reality
13 Feb 2018
I like big blocks and I cannot lie.
Big blocks of raw concrete, that is. And as a fan of concrete architecture, there are few cities better for appreciating this polarising material than London.
From grand cultural buildings to small-scale functional infrastructure, raw concrete altered London’s post-war cityscape more than…
Anatomy of a Camera Bag: Billingham Hadley Pro
17 Jan 2018
Billingham Hadley Pro
BeginningFor some photographers, the camera bag is a vital piece of equipment. Not only is it a space for protecting valuable gear from the elements, but it’s a space of concealment for other bits and pieces too. For others, camera bags are unnecessary barriers preventing the…
So on and Sofort
18 Dec 2017
It might seem strange as a photographic enthusiast, but I’m over cameras. There was a time, when I was working in photographic retail, that I visited DPReview a dozen times a day and was forever pressing F5 on nikonrumors.com, waiting for the rumoured release of a brand new 12 megapixel…
Backup, backup (tell me what you’re gonna do now)
26 Oct 2017
3, 2, 1…it’s pretty simple!
How many tech news and blog pieces must have begun with “In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack…” over the past few months. Unfortunately, data backup regimes aren’t top of mind, but in the wake of these malware attacks — and stirrings of more…
The Elephant in the (Light)room
19 Oct 2017
Noted tax dodgers, price gougers and software developers Adobe have announced updates to Adobe Lightroom, splitting the product lineup in two with an all-new cloud-based program named Lightroom CC, and the current program we know and love as ‘Lightroom CC’, revamped and repackaged as Lightroom ‘Classic’.
The new Lightroom CC is being…
22 May 2017
Let’s call it “creative clutter”…
Roll 600! Fastidious Photographic Freak Achievement Unlocked! For those who are confused, or are about to close this window (I don’t blame you), I am quietly celebrating the logging of my 600th roll of film in my Digital Analogue Database, known to normal people as…
Ferrania P30 ALPHA: It’s Hard to be Negative
02 Feb 2017
Source: Film Ferrania
It’s happening again! 2017 is turning out to be an emulsional (heh) year, with Film Ferrania announcing the production of P30 ALPHA, an ISO 80 black and white film with the power to destroy an entire planet.
The reborn Ferrania is best known for the crowdfunded relaunch of Ferrania-3M…
Ektachrome Reborn: Is it Positive News?
10 Jan 2017
It was with some bemusement last week I read the news that Ektachrome, Kodak’s discontinued colour transparency (i.e. slide) film, was making a comeback. The news flashed up in my Facebook feed, and knowing how susceptible social media feeds can be to fake news, confirmed it with a…
Film Scanners: The Final Frontier
14 Oct 2016
This will be my final article on film scanners. At least until my current one breaks and I have to find a replacement. Much has happened since I last wrote about my struggles with film scanners. Back in March, I received my repaired Pacific Image PF120 Pro scanner back from a…
From the Archives: X-Pectations
18 May 2016
From the Archives is a series of posts written some time in the past, although still relevant for photographers. This post was originally published on 13 June 2013 at How to Democracy in the wake of the launch of the Leica X Vario. I have resisted the urge to change any…