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  1. Book Review: NASA Graphics Standards Manual

    15 May 2016
    Graphic designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth have been busy. In addition to their day jobs as associate partners at iconic design firm Pentagram, they have been reprinting and reissuing old and seemingly mundane graphics standards manuals – guides made by designers and issued to clients to establish unity and…

  2. A Magazine from Blurb

    29 Apr 2016
    In my last post, I spoke about my most recent experience producing a Blurb photo book as a family album. The album was of a very high quality, however the price was on the high side. If you want you photographs in print (which you absolutely should) there is another option.…

  3. A Photo Book from Blurb

    27 Apr 2016
    It is difficult to overstate the importance of the physical object in the digital age. As a photographer, that means the importance of the print. The ephemeral nature of data means that already many of our memories and much of our information – that used to be physical – have disappeared. Some are already warning of the “digital dark…

  4. Pharma Film Review: Rossmann 200 & 400 35mm

    09 Apr 2016
    Rossmann 3er Spar-Pack (2014) There was a time when you could walk into any pharmacy and find an array of cheap 35mm film. Much of it was rebranded OEM film, some of it was cheaply-produced home brand stuff, but it was film nonetheless. Although the “1-HR PHOTOS” Kodak signs remain…

  5. Is There a Problem With Modern Lenses?

    20 Mar 2016
    New and old(er). Is newer betterer? In a rather surprising post, Petapixel (the patron saint of aggregated gear-oriented digital photographic clickbait) published (or reposted) an article challenging the photographic orthodoxy, the very orthodoxy that keeps the website in business through advertising. In this article, photographer Yannick Khong argues the problem with modern lenses is that they have…

  6. Update: Pacific Image PF120 Pro Scanner Review

    18 Mar 2016
    Note — October 2016:I have since parted ways with my PF120 Pro. After I received the repaired unit mentioned in this post, banding recurred. I then received a brand-new replacement unit from the distributor and promptly sold it. I am now scanning with an Epson V700. Find out more about

  7. Things I Use: Voigtländer VC Meter II

    13 Feb 2016
    I own quite a bit of photography gear, but I am not a collector. Every item I own I use at one point or another. When I travel, so do my cameras. As a result, some of my gear is a bit cosmetically (and sometimes operationally) blemished. My Voigtländer VC Meter…

  8. Hands-On Review with the Pacific Image PF120 Pro

    21 Oct 2015
    The Pacific Image PF120 Pro (left) with the Nikon Coolscan LS-5000ED Update — October 2016:I have since parted ways with my PF120 Pro. It developed a severe banding problem, was sent off to Taiwan for repairs, and received back around 2 months later. This repaired unit also developed banding. I then received a

  9. A Skeptical Approach to Cameras or: An Ode to the Leica M4-2

    31 Aug 2015
    Leica M4-2 by Andrew J. Cosgriff If you’ve gone hunting for a decent hi-fi setup anytime over the past two decades, chances are you have come across publications such as What Hi-Fi or Stereophile and cooed over their adjective-laden reviews of high-end equipment you’ve never heard of, “must-have” accessories you’ll never have and remastered audiophile…

  10. Buy Film Here

    08 Aug 2015
    Long after most tourists swapped 35mm film for the selfie stick, the red and yellow of the Kodak logo remains stubbornly visible across the tourist traps of Europe. From shop facades, to windows; umbrellas to awnings, the red and yellow  – most recently defined as Pantones 485 and 123 respectively – are the most visible remnants of one of the…

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